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Chickahominy River

Charles City County Fair

Berkeley Plantation

Photo by Will Fisher is licensed under CC BY-SA 2.0

Shirley Plantation's Great House

First Thanksgiving at Berkeley Plantation (Dec. 4, 1619)

Judith Stewart Dresser Bridge

Outside Charles County Courthouse


Charles City County

Charles City is a historic county situated southeast of Richmond and west of Jamestown. It is bounded on the south by the James River and on the east by the Chickahominy River. The area that would become Charles City County was first established as "Charles Cittie" by the Virginia Company in 1619. It was one of the first four "boroughs" of Virginia, and was named in honor of Prince Charles, who would later become King Charles I of England. After Virginia became a royal colony, the borough was changed to "Charles City Shire" in 1634, as one of the five original Shires of Virginia. It acquired the present name of Charles City County in 1643.

Charles City is known for their “Four Centuries, Three Cultures, Two Rivers in One County.” With the commemoration of America’s 400th Anniversary, Charles City is recognized as a place where you can discover historical events spanning the four centuries that have made our nation.


2010 Population


Land area in sq mi


Persons per sq mi

The population of
Charles City grew


in the past 24 years.
Residents per square mile
increased by


in the past 24 years.
Median age of residents
increased by 12.9 years to

0 years

between 1990 and 2014.


of Charles City's working residents work inside the county.
Charles City County Seal

Charles City County

County Administrator 

Board of Supervisors (Website)

Main Administration Building
10900 Courthouse Rd.
Charles City, VA 23030
Google Maps link

Phone number: (804) 652-4701


Featured Reports:


Local Pride

  • Charles City County Courthouse
  • Shirley Plantation
  • Berkeley Plantation
  • Wilcox Wharf
  • James River
  • Chickahominy River
  • Lazare Gallery
  • Virginia Capital Trail

County Events

  • Chickahominy Tribe Pow-Wow
  • First Thanksgiving
  • Charles City 4x4 Raceway
  • Freedom’s Jubilee Driving Tour

Learn more:


U.S. Decennial Census 1990-2010, American Community Survey, 2014 5-Year Estimates.
U.S. Census, OnTheMap Application, Longitudinal-Employer Household Dynamics Program, 2014.