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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.

Stafford County, Virginia

Stafford County Education, Geography, and History

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Stafford County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 128,961. Its county seat is Stafford.

Located across the Rappahannock River from the City of Fredericksburg, Stafford County is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area

Etymology - Origin of Stafford County Name

Stafford is named for Stafford in England.


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Stafford County History

Stafford County, Virginia formed from Westmoreland County. First court convened 27 May 1664. [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.]

Stafford County was named for the English county. It was formed from Westmoreland County in 1664. Its area is 277 square miles, and the county seat is Stafford.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 280 square miles (725 km2), of which, 270 square miles (700 km2) of it is land and 10 square miles (25 km2) of it (3.43%) is water. The Potomac River flows along part of the eastern border of the county, while the Rappahannock River runs along the extent of the county's southern border. It is bounded on the north by Prince William County, on the south by Culpeper County, Spotsylvania County, and Caroline County and the independent city of Fredericksburg; on the east by King George County and, across the Potomac River, by Charles County, Maryland; and bounded on the west by Fauquier County.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Caroline County, VA to the south
  • Charles County, MD to the east
  • Culpeper County, VA to the west
  • Fauquier County, VA to the northwest
  • King George County, VA to the east
  • Prince William County, VA to the north
  • Spotsylvania County, VA to the southwest



University of Mary Washington
Germanna Community College
Strayer University

High schools

Brooke Point High School
Colonial Forge High School
Mountain View High School
North Stafford High School
Stafford Senior High School

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