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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.

King George County, Virginia

King George County Education, Geography, and History

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King George County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 23,584. Its county seat is King George.

Etymology - Origin of King George County Name

King George is named for George I of Great Britain.


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King George County History

King George County, Virginia formed from Richmond and Westmoreland Counties. Westmoreland gave only a small portion and possibly at a later date than Richmond County. Legislative enactment in 1720. Organized in 1721. [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.]

King George County was named in honor of George I of England and was formed from Richmond County in 1720. Part of Westmoreland County was added in 1777. Its area is 181 square miles, and the county seat is King George.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 188 square miles (486 km2), of which, 180 square miles (466 km2) of it is land and 8 square miles (20 km2) of it (4.15%) is water.

King George County is located on the Northern Neck peninsula and is bounded on the north by the Potomac River, which lies in Charles County, Maryland. It is bounded on the south by the Rappahannock River across which lie Caroline and Essex Counties; on the east by Westmoreland County and on the west by Stafford County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Caroline County, VA to the south
  • Charles County, MD to the north
  • Essex County, VA to the southeast
  • Stafford County, VA to the west
  • Westmoreland County, VA to the east


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