Henrico County, Virginia
|Henrico County, Virginia|
The Old Henrico County Courthouse in Richmond.
Location in the state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Citie of Henricus|
|• Total||245 sq mi (635 km2)|
|• Land||237.65 sq mi (616 km2)|
|• Water||7.35 sq mi (19 km2), 3% (approx) |
|• (2013)||316,973 |
|• Density||1,334/sq mi (515/km²)|
|Congressional districts||3rd, 7th|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
Henrico County (formerly Henrico Shire) //, officially the County of Henrico, is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 306,935. In 2013, the population was estimated to be 316,973, making it the fifth-most populous county in Virginia and the sixth-most populous county-equivalent in Virginia. Henrico County is included in the Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
Named after the Citie of Henricus, Henrico became one of the eight original Shires of Virginia in 1634. It is one of the oldest counties in the United States. The City of Richmond was officially part of Henrico County until 1842, when it became a fully independent city. The present-day Henrico County curves around the City of Richmond, surrounding it to the west, north, and east. The county is bounded by the Chickahominy River to the north and the James River and Richmond to the south.
Richmond International Raceway is located in the central portion of Henrico County near Mechanicsville, just north of the Richmond city limits. Additionally, Richmond International Airport is located in the eastern portion of Henrico County in Sandston. Top private employers in the county include Capital One, Bon Secours Richmond Health System, and Anthem.
- 1 History
- 2 Transportation
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Government
- 6 Economy
- 7 Education
- 8 Communities
- 9 Notable facts
- 10 See also
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Henrico County is one of the eight original Shires of Virginia established by the British in 1634 in the Virginia Colony while it was still a British colony 1607 to 1775. Henrico County was fully established in 1611 with a lot of territorial changes.
Formed originally as Henrico Division, and shortly thereafter termed a "county", Henrico County was named for Henricus, a community founded in 1611 by Sir Thomas Dale. During the Indian Massacre of 1622, the chief Opechancanough led the Powhatan Confederacy against the English settlements to try to expel them from the territory; warriors destroyed Henricus.
Cape Henry at the southern mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Henricus, Henrico Cittie, and later Henrico County, were all named for Henry Frederick, Prince of Wales, the eldest son of James I of England. Prince Henry showed great promise, and his death from typhoid fever at the age of eighteen was regarded as a tragedy for England.
On November 18, 1618, the Virginia Company of London, proprietor of the colony, gave instructions on the formation of a laudable government for the Colony to Sir George Yeardley when he departed from London to become full governor of Virginia. As directed, in 1619, Governor Yeardly established four large corporations, termed citties, which were designated to encompass the developed portion of the colony. These were Kecoughtan (later renamed Elizabeth Cittie), James Cittie, Charles Cittie, and Henrico Cittie.
In 1634, the King of England ordered the colony, which numbered about 5,000 settlers, to be divided into eight shires, or counties. One of these original shires (of which six are still considered extant) was Henrico County.
Henrico County originally extended to both the north and south sides of the James River (named in 1607 for King James I). Henrico's first boundaries incorporated an area from which 10 Virginia counties were later formed in whole or in part, as well as the independent cities of Richmond, Charlottesville, and Colonial Heights.
From Henrico territory came nine other counties and part of a tenth: Goochland, founded in 1728; Albemarle in 1744; Chesterfield and Cumberland in 1749; Amherst and Buckingham in 1761; Fluvanna and Powhatan in 1777; Nelson in 1807. Part of Appomattox, in 1845, was also formed from the territory that had once been part of Henrico as well as the cities of Richmond (became a town still part of Henrico County in 1742, incorporated as a city in 1782 and completely independent in 1842), Charlottesville (formed by charter in 1762, incorporated as a town in 1801 and as a city in 1888), and Colonial Heights (established in 1910, became an incorporated town in 1926 and an independent city in 1948.) There have also been a series of annexations by the City of Richmond and an annexation in 1922 by Chesterfield County that claimed the site of Henricus, changing the boundary of Henrico to what it is today.
Archeologists located the original site of Henricus late in the 20th century. On the south side of the James River (across from the original site of Varina), it is now located in Chesterfield County. The county developed Henricus Historical Park around the archeological site.
The original county seat was at Varina, at the Varina Farms plantation across the James River from Henricus. John Rolfe built this plantation, where he lived with his wife, Pocahontas. Henrico's government was located at Varina from around 1640 until 1752.
In 1752, Henrico relocated its seat to a more central location inside the city Richmond between Church Hill and what is now Tobacco Row. The county seat remained at 22nd and Main St in Richmond even after the city's government became fully independent of the county in 1842. It was not until 1974 when the county moved out of the Old Henrico County Courthouse to a complex in the western portion of the county at the intersection of Parham Road and Hungary Springs Road.
In addition to the 1974 complex, in 1988 the county opened its Eastern Governmental Center to be more convent to county residents in the Eastern portion of the county. It is located on Nine Mile Road.
American Civil War battle sites
- Seven Pines,
- Savage's Station,
- Oak Grove,
- Garnett's and Golding's Farms,
- White Oak Swamp,
- Glendale, and
- Malvern Hill.
Additional significant battles took place in 1864 during the Overland Campaign prior to and during the Siege of Petersburg, which led to the fall of Richmond. Confederate General J.E.B. Stuart was mortally wounded in Henrico County at the Battle of Yellow Tavern on May 12, 1864.
Henrico County is one of only two counties in Virginia that maintains its own roads, the other being Arlington County. This special status was due to the existence of county highway departments prior to the creation of the state agency that is now VDOT in 1927, and the assumption of local roads in most counties by that agency in 1932. (Henrico and Arlington were grandfathered and allowed to continue pre-existing arrangements.) The control of the roads system is considered a powerful advantage for community urban planners, who can require developers to contribute to funding needed for road needs serving the planners' projects.
Henrico County is the site of Richmond International Airport. It also hosts an Amtrak rail passenger station and purchases public bus route services from Greater Richmond Transit Company, an FTA-funded public service company that is owned equally by the City of Richmond and neighboring Chesterfield County.
Interstate highways include:
Other major highways include:
- US 1 (Brook Road)
- US 33 (Staples Mill Road)
- US 60 (Williamsburg Road)
- US 250 (Broad Street)
- US 301 (Chamberlayne Road)
- US 360 (Mechanicsville Turnpike)
As well as:
- Charles City County (southeast)
- Chesterfield County (south)
- Goochland County (west)
- Hanover County (north)
- New Kent County (northeast)
- Richmond (south)
National protected area
As of the census of 2000, there were 262,300 people, 108,121 households, and 69,846 families residing in the county. The population density was 1,102 people per square mile (425/km²). There were 112,570 housing units at an average density of 473 per square mile (183/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 68.91% White, 24.71% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 8.51% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. About 6.0% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 108,121 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.30% were married couples living together, 13.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.40% were non-families. 28.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 88.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $49,185, and the median income for a family was $59,298. Males had a median income of $40,203 versus $29,795 for females. The per capita income for the county was $26,410. About 4.50% of families and 6.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.10% of those under age 18 and 4.50% of those age 65 or over.
Henrico County is managed by an appointed County Manager who answers directly to the Board of Supervisors. The current County Manager is John A. Vithoulkas.
The Board of Supervisors are:
- Brookland District - Beverly Cocke (R)
- Fairfield District - Frank J. Thornton (D)
- Three Chopt District - David A. Kaechele (R)
- Tuckahoe District - Patricia S. O'Bannon (R)
- Varina District - Tyrone E. Nelson (D)
In 1992 and again in 1993, City and State magazine ranked Henrico County as the second best fiscally managed county in the United States.
There are several elected constitutional officers.
- Clerk of the Circuit Court - Yvonne Galloway Smith (R)
- Commonwealth's Attorney - Shannon L. Taylor (D)
- Sheriff - Michael L. "Mike" Wade (R)
There are also several legislative representatives.
In the U.S. House of Representatives:
- Republican Eric I. Cantor
- Democrat Robert C. "Bobby" Scott
In the Virginia Senate:
- Democrat A. Donald McEachin
- Republican Walter A. Stosch
In the Virginia House of Delegates
- Republican Peter F. Farrell
- Republican Riley Edward Ingram
- Republican G.M. "Manoli" Loupassi
- Democrat Dolores L. McQuinn
- Democrat Jennifer L. McClellan
- Republican Jimmie P. Massie, III
- Republican John M. O'Bannon, III
- Democrat Joseph D. "Joe" Morrissey
The first known mention of an "officer" in Henrico was the appointment of a Special Police Officer on December 14, 1871. There is no further mention until 1908 when the Board of Supervisors recommended that a mounted patrol be used. The first major step toward today's department was in 1915 when T. Wilson Seay was appointed the first Chief of Police. When the County converted to the County Manager form of government in 1934 there were 8 police officers. In 1938 the Board of Supervisors placed the Division of Police under direct control of the County Manager, thus removing any political ties with the Sheriff's office. The Division of Police has seen steady growth and improvement over the past 70 years.
With an authorized complement of 584 sworn police officers, the Chief of Police is the chief law enforcement officer in the County. The Chief is appointed by the County Manager. The elected Sheriff's primary duties are managing the jail, court security, and the service of civil process.
The Henrico County Police is fully accredited by the Commission for Accreditation of Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA) and Virginia Law Enforcement Professional Standards Commission.
Colonel Henry W. Stanley, Jr., served as Chief of Police for the Henrico County Division of Police from August 1995 to April 2011 when he retired after being a member of the Division since 1962. Lt. Colonel Douglas A. Middleton was appointed as the new Chief of Police effective April 9, 2011.
Altria Group (formerly Philip Morris) had its corporate headquarters in an unincorporated area in Henrico County. In 2003 Philip Morris announced that it would move its headquarters from New York City to Virginia. The company said that it planned to keep around 750 employees in its former headquarters. Brendan McCormick, a spokesperson for Philip Morris, said that the company estimated that the move would save the company over $60 million each year. This relocation was made with the help of the Henrico County Economic Development Authority and the Greater Richmond Partnership, regional economic development organizations who also helped locate Aditya Birla Minacs, Alfa Laval, Genworth Financial, and Blue Bell Ice Cream to the county.
According to the County's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the county are:
|#||Employer||# of Employees||Community|
|1||Henrico County Public Schools||5,000-9,999|
|2||County of Henrico||1,000-4,999|
|4||Bon Secours Richmond Health System||1,000-4,999|
|6||Henrico Doctors' Hospital||1,000-4,999|
|7||Admiral Security Services||1,000-4,999|
|8||Bank of America||1,000-4,999|
|10||United States Postal Service||1,000-4,999||Sandston|
|12||Martin's Food Markets||1,000-4,999|
|17||Allianz Global Assistance||500-999|
Cost of living
Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Henrico County: 86.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100) 
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- The school division known as Henrico County Public Schools consists of 45 elementary schools, 13 middle schools, 10 high schools and 2 technical centers within one school district.
- In 2001, HCPS began distributing Apple iBooks to every high school student. In 2003, they extended the program to middle schools.
- In 2005, the HCPS School Board decided to replace the iBooks with Dell's Inspiron 600M at the High School level.
- In 2006, the HCPS School Board decided to continue using Apple iBooks at the Middle School level, purchasing nearly 13,000 laptops in a contract worth $15.8 million.
- In 2010, HCPS School Board opened a new middle school, Holman Middle School.
- In 2010, HCPS School Board opened a new high school, Glen Allen High School.
There are no existing incorporated towns, and no new municipalities can be created within the county. Henrico was the third Virginia county (after Arlington and Fairfax counties) to be affected by a state law that prohibits the creation of any new towns or cities within the boundaries of a county with a population density of 1,000 or more per square mile.
- East Highland Park
- Glen Allen
- Highland Springs
- Short Pump
Prior to 1870, the Town and later City of Richmond was located within Henrico County. Under a new Virginia state constitution in 1870, and as further clarified by rewritten one in 1902, Richmond became an independent city.
At the end of the 19th century and in the early 20th century, several small incorporated towns were chartered by Acts of Assembly, primarily in areas of the county near to, but outside of, the city limits. As listed by the Secretary of the Commonwealth, these included:
- Barton Heights, incorporated 1896, annexed by the City of Richmond in 1914.
- Fairmount, incorporated 1902, annexed by the City of Richmond in 1914.
- Ginter Park, annexed by the City of Richmond.
- Highland Park, annexed by the City of Richmond in 1914.
- North Richmond, annexed by the City of Richmond.
As with many lesser known areas in Virginia, the United States Postal Service official mailing address for the majority of the county was the nearest major city, Richmond. However, in 2008 county residents won the right to be recognized by the United States Postal Service as the locality to which they pay the majority of their taxes. As of October 1, 2008, the primary mailing address for the majority of the county will be officially changed to Henrico. The county is said to recover at least 5 million dollars a year in misdirected tax dollars due to the address change. This move has set a precedent causing many other localities in Virginia who are officially recognized by the United States Postal Service as the nearest major city to consider petitioning the United States Postal Service for their own official mailing address bearing the name of the locality to which residents actually pay their taxes.
Henrico County is the county that handles hazardous material spills and related problems (with three HAZMAT Teams) for the entire Central Virginia Region. Partly because of this, Central Virginia has total interoperability of Emergency Communications (Police, Fire, Recreation and Parks, Volunteer Rescue Squads, etc.) between the cities and more than ten counties.
Henrico County has the highest bond rating (Triple, triple-A) from the three bond rating agencies in the United States, which means Henrico is known nationwide for its solid fiscal responsibility.
Henrico County residents are served by the Henrico Area Mental Health and Developmental Services, one of the best publicly supported mental health recovery agencies in the country. All fees for services rendered are based on financial need, providing mental health and recovery support services to thousands who otherwise would not be able to afford this due to their own limited financial resources. Nobody is denied service due to an inability to pay.
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- Henrico County Police Department
- Henrico County Public Schools
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||Hanover County||New Kent County|
|Chesterfield County and City of Richmond||Charles City County|