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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.

Goochland County, Virginia

Goochland County Education, Geography, and History

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Goochland County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 21,717. Its county seat is Goochland.

Goochland County is included in the Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Goochland County Name

Goochland is named for William Gooch, a lieutenant governor of Virginia during the colonial era.


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Goochland County History

Goochland County, Virginia formed from Henrico County. Legislative enactment in 1727. Organized in 1728. [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.]

Goochland County was named for Sir William Gooch, lieutenant governor of Virginia from 1727 to 1749. It was formed from Henrico County in 1728. Its area is 289 square miles, and the county seat is Goochland.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 290 square miles (751 km2), of which, 284 square miles (737 km2) of it is land and 6 square miles (14 km2) of it (1.92%) is water. Goochland County is drained by the James River.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Cumberland County, VA to the south
  • Fluvanna County, VA to the west
  • Hanover County, VA to the northeast
  • Henrico County, VA to the east
  • Louisa County, VA to the north
  • Powhatan County, VA to the south


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