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Old Chesterfield Courthouse

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Chesterfield County

Chesterfield county is located just south of Richmond. The county’s borders are primarily defined by the James River to the north and the Appomattox River to the south. It’s county seat is Chesterfield Court House.

Shortly after the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, English settlers and explorers began settling other areas. One of the more progressive developments in the colony was Henricus, founded under the guidance of Sir Thomas Dale. It was to include a college to help educate Virginia Indians, as well as the children of settlers. On May 25, 1749, the Virginia House of Burgesses separated Chesterfield from Henrico County and created the new county. The first county seat was established at Chesterfield Court House. It was named for Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, a prominent English statesman who had been the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.

Community
Profile

2010 Population

316,236

Land area in sq mi

423.3

Persons per sq mi

747.1
The population of
Chesterfield grew

0%

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

0%

in the past 24 years.
Median age of residents
increased by 6.3 to

0 years

between 1990 and 2014.

0%

of Chesterfield's working residents work inside the county.

Local Pride

  • Chesterfield County Courthouse
  • Midlothian Village
  • Pocahontas State Park
  • Swift Creek Reservoir
  • Citie of Henricus
  • Metro Richmond Zoo
  • Virginia State University
  • Magnolia Grange

County Events

  • Chesterfield County Fair
  • Virginia Dance Festival
  • Midlothian Day Festival
  • James River Days
  • Bon Air Victorian Day
  • Pocahontas Premieres
  • Celebration of the Vine Wine Festival
  • James River Parade of Lights
  • ChesterFest

Learn more

Chesterfield

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