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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

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Richmond County, Virginia

Richmond County Education, Geography, and History

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Richmond County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 9,254. Its county seat is Warsaw. The rural county should not be confused with the large city and state capital Richmond, Virginia. It was formed in 1692 when the first Rappahannock County was divided to form Richmond County and Essex County.

Etymology - Origin of Richmond County Name

Richmond is named for either Richmond borough of Surrey, England or for the Duke of Richmond, probably specifically Charles Lennox, 1st Duke of Richmond and Lennox, an illegitimate son of Charles II.


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Richmond County History

Richmond County, Virginia formed from (Old) Rapphannock County (extinguished). [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.]

Richmond County was named either for Richmond Borough in Surrey, England, or for the late-seventeenth-century duke of Richmond. It was formed from Old Rappahannock County in 1692. Its area is 203 square miles, and the county seat is Warsaw.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 216 square miles (560 km2), of which, 191 square miles (496 km2) of it is land and 25 square miles (65 km2) of it (11.52%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Westmoreland County, Virginia - north
  • Northumberland County, Virginia - east
  • Lancaster County, Virginia - southeast
  • Essex County, Virginia - southwest


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