Counties in Virginia that I have Visited

There are 133 Counties / Independent Cities in Virginia
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I have visited 133 Counties / Independent Cities = 100% of Counties / Independent Cities in Virginia

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State Capitol in Richmond
State Highpoint at Mt. Rogers

Interesting Virginia county trivia

While several states have an independent city embedded within them, Virginia is the only one that makes it a common practice. There are 38 independent cities which are not part of any county, and are considered "county-equivalents" for purposes of the census.

Counties in Virginia

Below are the 133 counties / independent cities in Virginia. Although infrequent, counties sometimes do change so please let me know if any of this information is out of date and I will update it. Those counties that I have visited are in Red. If I have a photograph or other item associated with a county somewhere else on my website, there will also be a link.
  1. Accomack: Chincoteague and Assateague; Off Season; Assateague Island Lighthouse; Tangier Island in the Chesapeake Bay; Tangier Island Ferry
  2. Albemarle: Beer Trail
  3. Alexandria (Independent City): My Speech; Reverberations of a Doomed Expedition; Trailer Park Nation; Former District of Columbia Boundary Stones; Jones Point Light; Shenandoah Brewing Company; Switching Sides
  4. Alleghany: Falling Spring Falls; Humpback Bridge
  5. Amelia
  6. Amherst
  7. Appomattox
  8. Arlington: Smallest county in Virginia and smallest self-governing county in the United States (26 square miles); Four Courts Four Miler; 26 meets 31; Nest of Spies; When Categories Collide!; Where They Lived as Children; Even More Unusual Signs; Highway to Park; Our Lady of the Gas Pump; Memorial Day; Farm to Market; Divine Apartments; GPS and Genealogy; Reversible; History, Geography and Fitness; Spike House for Sale; Geography as Pitcher Plant; A Tale of Three Ridges; My Smallest Park; Arlington County Will Grow,; All Those Modes of Transportation,; Penciling-In Reagan; The John McCain Flight; Abingdon Plantation Ruins; Silly Little Highway; Former District of Columbia Boundary Stones; Fort C.F. Smith; Washington DC Area's Last Phone Booth; Bardo Rodeo; Blue-N-Gold Brewing Company; Capitol City Brewing Company; Rock Bottom Brewery; Crystal City
  9. Augusta: Augusta Bump
  10. Bath: Appalachian Loop; Taking a Bath
  11. Bedford
  12. Bland
  13. Botetourt: Pronounced HOW?
  14. Bristol (Independent City): Quadripoint Boundary Cross
  15. Brunswick
  16. Buchanan
  17. Buckingham
  18. Buena Vista (Independent City)
  19. Campbell
  20. Caroline: Last Stand at Garrett Farm; Bowling Greener; No more rest?; Ladysmith
  21. Carroll
  22. Charles City County: Oldest Continuous Businesses
  23. Charlotte: Virginia Smoking Ban
  24. Charlottesville (Independent City): Three Notches; Smoots and Potrzebies; No Names and Nameless; Carnage, Slaughter and Mayhem; Blue Ridge Brewing Co.; Starr Hill Restaurant & Brewery
  25. Chesapeake (Independent City): Bordersplit; Great Dismal Canal
  26. Chesterfield: Chesterfield Tendril
  27. Clarke: Dinosaur Land; Wine Adventure
  28. Colonial Heights (Independent City)
  29. Covington (Independent City)
  30. Craig: Craig County Public Library
  31. Culpeper: Journey Through Hallowed Ground
  32. Cumberland
  33. Danville (Independent City)
  34. Dickenson: Macaca Moment; Stateline Overlook
  35. Dinwiddie
  36. Emporia (Independent City)
  37. Essex: Land of Disco
  38. Fairfax: Largest county population in Virginia (969,749 people in 2000 Census); Fairfax Enclave; State Nickname Streets; The Spots Not Covered; Ghost Towns; Just Keep Turning; Lucky 7 & the Ghost Kid; Real Virginia Border; Name That Smell; The Other Mount Vernon; Former District of Columbia Boundary Stones; Great Falls Park; Smithsonian National Air and Space Museum - Steven F. Udvar-Hazy Center; Sweetwater Tavern
  39. Fairfax City (Independent City): Fairfax City Highpoint; Just the -fax, Ma'am
  40. Falls Church (Independent City): Smallest independent city in Virginia and smallest "county equivalent" in the United States (2 square miles); Railroad Cottages; When Categories Collide!; Not Fusion, CONfusion; Former District of Columbia Boundary Stones; Mad Fox Brewing Company
  41. Fauquier: The Spots Not Covered
  42. Floyd: Of Of
  43. Fluvanna
  44. Franklin
  45. Franklin (Independent City)
  46. Frederick
  47. Fredericksburg (Independent City)
  48. Galax (Independent City)
  49. Giles: Sinking Creek Bridge
  50. Gloucester
  51. Goochland
  52. Grayson: Grayson Pinch; Of Of; Alleghany/Grayson Border
  53. Greene
  54. Greenesville
  55. Halifax: Virginia Smoking Ban; Dueling Portmanteau Placenames
  56. Hampton (Independent City): Tucker Family Cemetery; Fortress Fixation
  57. Hanover: Williamsville Brewery
  58. Harrisonburg (Independent City)
  59. Henrico: Pronounced HOW?
  60. Henry
  61. Highland: Smallest county population in Virginia (2,536 people in 2000 Census): Devils Backbone; Appalachian Loop
  62. Hopewell (Independent City)
  63. Isle of Wight
  64. James City County: Quadripoint Boundary Cross; Jamestown Field Trip; Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
  65. King and Queen
  66. King George: By George
  67. King William
  68. Lancaster
  69. Lee: Remote Southwestern Virginia; Virginia, West of West Virginia; Getting There
  70. Lexington (Independent City)
  71. Loudoun: Loudoun Wine Adventure; Selden Island; Warp Drive; Runway 01L-19R; Washington-Dulles International Airport Panorama; White's Ferry; Old Dominion Brewing Co.; Vintage 50 Restaurant & Brew Lounge
  72. Louisa
  73. Lunenburg
  74. Lynchburg (Independent City)
  75. Madison
  76. Manassas (Independent City): Manassas Highpoint
  77. Manassas Park (Independent City): Manassas Park Highpoint
  78. Martinsville (Independent City)
  79. Mathews
  80. Mecklenburg
  81. Middlesex
  82. Montgomery: Bull & Bones Brewhaus & Grill
  83. Nelson: Beer Trail
  84. New Kent
  85. Newport News (Independent City): Land Swap; Revisiting the Swap; Named for Captain Newport
  86. Norfolk (Independent City): Other State Nickname Thingies; International Capitals in the USA; Pronounced HOW?
  87. Northampton: Move the Road; Silver Beach - East Coast Sunset over Water; Chesapeake Bay Car Ferries; For Aficionados of Counties
  88. Northumberland: Tangier Island Ferry; Longest county name (14 characters) - tied with Northumberland County, Pennsylvania.
  89. Norton (Independent City): Smallest independent city population in Virginia and the United states (3,904 people in 2000 Census).
  90. Nottoway
  91. Orange
  92. Page: Hazy Hedge Maze Memories
  93. Patrick
  94. Petersburg (Independent City): Plank Roads
  95. Pittsylvania: Largest county in Virginia (978 square miles).
  96. Poquoson (Independent City): Lowest Highpoints
  97. Portsmouth (Independent City)
  98. Powhatan
  99. Prince Edward: Sydney Tentacles
  100. Prince George: Prince George Exclave; Disputanta
  101. Prince William: Prince William Enclave; Real Virginia Border; Make a Bee Line; Quantico - The Ultimate Gated Community; Quantico Cascades; Worst Commute in the USA; Triangle
  102. Pulaski
  103. Radford (Independent City)
  104. Rappahannock: Flip-Flopping; Short Distance Namesakes
  105. Richmond: Not the City; That Other Warsaw
  106. Richmond (Independent City): Three Notches; The Oddity That Got Away; Named for Captain Newport; Virginia Smoking Ban; Name That Smell; Can You Tell Me How to Get; Richbrau Brewing Company; Legend Brewing; Scott's Addition
  107. Roanoke
  108. Roanoke (Independent City)
  109. Rockbridge: Natural Bridges
  110. Rockingham
  111. Russell
  112. Salem (Independent City)
  113. Scott
  114. Shenandoah: Shenandoah Caverns; Meems Bottom Bridge; Appalachian Loop; Eric Henn Murals
  115. Smyth
  116. Southampton: Every Cardinal Direction
  117. Spotsylvania: My Little Poni; Blue & Gray Brewing Co.
  118. Stafford: Bull's Eye
  119. Staunton (Independent City): Appalachian Loop; Presidential Birthplaces; Pronounced HOW?
  120. Suffolk (Independent City): Largest independent city in Virginia and the United States (400 square miles).
  121. Surry: Jamestown-Scotland Ferry
  122. Sussex
  123. Tazewell: Bluefield on the Border
  124. Virginia Beach (Independent City): Largest independent city population in Virginia (435,619 people in 2000 Census); Chesapeake Bay Car Ferries; Railroad Ferry; Drive Me Crazy
  125. Warren: I Just Liked the Photo
  126. Washington: Quadripoint Boundary Cross; Every Cardinal Direction
  127. Waynesboro (Independent City)
  128. Westmoreland: Legalized Gambling in Colonial Beach (1940's-1950's); Presidential Birthplaces
  129. Williamsburg (Independent City): Quadripoint Boundary Cross; A Colonial Capital; Hazy Hedge Maze Memories; Colonial Colleges; Williamsburg AleWerks
  130. Winchester (Independent City)
  131. Wise
  132. Wythe: 81 on 81; Certainly Not Austin
  133. York: Land Swap; Revisiting the Swap

Quick facts about Virginia


(1) U.S. Census Bureau American FactFinder: 2005 Population Estimates; Table GCT-T1.
(2) U.S. Census Bureau FedStats - MapStats: 2000 Land Area; United States.