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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.

Fauquier County, Virginia

Fauquier County Education, Geography, and History

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Fauquier is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 65,203. The county seat is Warrenton.

Fauquier County is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area. The county is located in Northern Virginia.

Etymology - Origin of Fauquier County Name

Fauquier is named for Francis Fauquier, a lieutenant governor of Virginia during the colonial era


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Fauquier County History

Fauquier County, Virginia formed from Prince William County. Later changes occurred from 1823-1824. [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.]

Fauquier County was named for Francis Fauquier, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1758 to 1768. It was formed from Prince William County in 1759, and its area is 651 square miles. The county seat is Warrenton.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 651 square miles (1,690 km2), of which 647 square miles (1,680 km2) is land and 3.8 square miles (9.8 km2) (0.6%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Clarke County (north)
  • Loudoun County (north)
  • Prince William County (east)
  • Stafford County (southeast)
  • Culpeper County (southwest)
  • Rappahannock County (west)
  • Warren County (northwest)


High schools

Fauquier High School
Liberty High School
Southeastern Alternative School
Kettle Run High School
Mountain Vista Governor's School

Private schools

Fresta Valley Christian School
Highland School
Wakefield School

Higher education

Lord Fairfax Community College
Thorpe House Adult Learning Center

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