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Frederick County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 78,305. Its county seat is
Winchester. The county was formed in 1743 by the splitting of Orange County. It is Virginia's northernmost county.
Frederick County is included in the Winchester, VA-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Washington-Baltimore-Northern Virginia, DC-MD-VA-WV-PA Combined Statistical Area.
Frederick is named for Frederick, Prince of Wales.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Frederick County, Virginia formed from Orange and Augusta Counties, Virginia. Legislative enactment in 1738. Organized in 1743. Augusta County gave only a small portion, at a later date than Orange County. [Virginia Counties: Those Resulting from Virginia Legislation, by Morgan Poitiaux Robinson, originally published as Bulletin of the Virginia State Library, Volume 9, January, April, July 1916, reprinted 1992 by Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, MD.]
Frederick County was named for Frederick Louis, Prince of Wales and eldest son of George II. It was formed from Orange County in 1738, but the county government was not organized until 1743. Part of Augusta County was added later. Its area is 426 square miles, and the county seat is Winchester.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 416 square miles (1,076 km2), of which, 415
square miles (1,074 km2) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km2) of it (0.24%) is water. This is the northernmost
county in the state of Virginia.
Bordering counties are as follows:
James Wood High School
Millbrook High School
Sherando High School
Lord Fairfax Community College