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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.

Isle Of Wight County, Virginia

Isle Of Wight County Education, Geography, and History

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Isle of Wight County is a county located in the state of Virginia. It was named after the Isle of Wight, in the English Channel. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 35,270. Its county seat is Isle of Wight.

Isle of Wight County is located in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Isle Of Wight County Name

is named for the British island and county in the English Channel between three and five miles from the south coast of Great Britain, named Isle of Wight.


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Isle Of Wight County History

Isle of Wight County, Virginia formed from Warrosquyoake County (name change only). Later, portions added from Upper Norfolk and parts of Nansemond. [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.]

Isle of Wight County was most likely named for the Isle of Wight off the south coast of England. It was first known as Warrosquyoake and was one of the eight shires established in 1634. The present name was given in 1637. Part of Nansemond County was added in 1769. Its area is 319 square miles, and the county seat is Isle of Wight.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 363 square miles (940 km2), of which, 316 square miles (818 km2) of it is land and 47 square miles (121 km2) of it (12.93%) is water.

The county is bounded by the James River on the north and the Blackwater River to the south. The land is generally low-lying, with many swamps and pocosins.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Nansemond County, VA to the east
  • Southampton County, VA to the west
  • Surry County, VA to the northwest
  • Warwick County, VA to the northeast


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