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Short Pump, Virginia
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Coordinates: 37°39′43″N 77°37′36″W / 37.66194°N 77.62667°W / 37.66194; -77.62667Coordinates: 37°39′43″N 77°37′36″W / 37.66194°N 77.62667°W / 37.66194; -77.62667
Country United States
State Virginia
County Henrico
 • Total 9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
 • Land 9.0 sq mi (23.2 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
282 ft (86 m)
 • Total 24,729
 • Density 2,725/sq mi (1,052.3/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
FIPS code 51-72272
GNIS feature ID 1495125

Short Pump is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henrico County, Virginia, United States. It is a suburb of Richmond, Virginia. The population was 24,729 at the 2010 census.

The original village of Short Pump is located at the intersection of Three Chopt Road (formerly known as Three Notched Trail), Richmond Turnpike and Pouncey Tract Road. It was named for the short handled pump that was located beneath the porch of a tavern located there. The tavern was built by Robert Hyde Saunders, a Revolutionary War veteran in 1815. This area was on the principal route between Richmond and Charlottesville, as well as other towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thomas Jefferson, the Earl Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, General Peter Muhlenberg, Stonewall Jackson and Ulric Dahlgren all visited this area.

The crossroads was officially named Short Pump by 1853, according to a Henrico County map found in the Virginia Historical Society.

Short Pump's population has greatly increased in recent years due to its proximity to Richmond. It has now become part of Richmond's Far West End. In 2003, developers opened Short Pump Town Center, an 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) open air shopping mall. Other shopping and living spaces include West Broad Village.

Short Pump is noted for its shopping centers, restaurants, skating rink, and bowling alley. The area is an edge city of Richmond.


Short Pump is located at 37°39′43″N 77°37′36″W / 37.66194°N 77.62667°W / 37.66194; -77.62667 (37.661809, -77.626635).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.5 km2), of which 9.0 square miles (23.2 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.33%, is water. Short Pump is bordered to the west by Goochland County, to the north by the Wyndham CDP, to the east by the Innsbrook CDP, and to the south by non-CDP land and by Tuckahoe.


Ancestry in Three Chopt CCD (2014-2018)
Origin percent
English American (Includes "American" ancestry)
South Asian American (Includes Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi, etc.)
Scottish or Irish American (Including Scots-Irish)
German American
African American (Does not include West Indian or African)
East Asian American (Includes Chinese, Japanese, Vietnamese, etc.
Italian American
French American
Polish American
Scandinavian American (Also includes Iceland, Finland, and Baltic States)

At the 2010 census, there were 24,729 people, 9,217 households and 6,483 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 76.7 per square mile (29.6/km2). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 32.5/sq mi (12.5/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.0% White, 5.70% African-American, 15.9% Asian, and 3.2% Hispanic or Latino.

There were 9,217 households, of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.30.

26.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median household income was $105,300 and the median family income was $117,995. The per capita income for the CDP was $46,047. 4.1% of the population lived below the poverty line.


Recently constructed West Broad Village contains several places to eat, shop and play. The new "village" contains stores such as REI, Home Goods, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and many more. The restaurants include Keagan's Irish Pub, The Halligan Bar & Grill, Kona Grill, Burger Bach, Jimmy Johns, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carolina Ale House and The Wine Loft.

Down Broad Street from West Broad Village is Bowl America, located off Pouncey Tract, Regal Cinemas Short Pump, a fourteen-screen movie theater, and SkateNation Plus.

Located in Short Pump Town Center, The Funny Bone Comedy Club features a well-known comedian once a month along with local acts, improv nights, open mic nights, and other special events. Also in Short Pump Town Center are several upscale restaurants and stores including Firebirds, Maggiano's, The Cheesecake Factory, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel. A new 4-Diamond, Hilton Hotel & Spa opened adjacent to Short Pump Town Center with a full-service spa and Shula's America's Steak House.

Neighborhoods in Short Pump

The boundaries of the Short Pump CDP start on the west at the Goochland County/Henrico County line, then proceed east on Kain Road to Pouncey Tract Road (Virginia State Route 271); north on Pouncey Tract Road to Shady Grove Road; east, then north, on Shady Grove Road to Nuckols Road; southeast and south on Nuckols Road to Interstate 295; southwest on I-295 to Interstate 64; southeast on I-64 to Cox Road; southwest on Cox Road to Three Chopt Road where Cox Road becomes Church Road; southwest, then west, on Church Road to Lauderdale Drive; southwest on Lauderdale Drive to Causeway Drive; northwest on Causeway Drive to its crossing of Wilde Lake; southwest through the center of Wilde Lake to its outlet, Harding Branch; westward down Harding Branch to its outlet at Tuckahoe Creek, which is the Goochland/Henrico County line; then north on the county line back to Kain Road.

Short Pump has several individual neighborhoods:

  • Barclay — A quiet, out-of-the-way community with large 1-2 story homes.
  • Barrington — A wealthier community with larger homes along the Church Road Corridor; community lake and dock.
  • Barrington Valley — Located within Barrington, along Three Chopt Road.
  • Barrington West — Barrington's extension on the western side of Barrington Lake.
  • Bell Tower — A newer community adjacent to Lake Loreine and
  • Bentley — A master-planned community developed by Ryan Homes consisting of 50 homes, 15 of which overlook Pouncey Tract Road.
  • Burgundy Parke — A small neighborhood off North Gayton Road, adjacent to the Fox Hall and Colonies neighborhoods.
  • Church Run — A community with open, grassy yards, it connects Three Chopt Road to Church Road. Church Run Parkway is commonly used as a cut-through for residents south of Church Road.
  • The Colonies — A community with a clubhouse that is within walking distance of Wilde Lake and is next to Tuckahoe Creek.
  • Fox Hall — Upscale community-style neighborhood with landscaping and clubhouse amenities; home prices vary from $450,000 to $950,000. (Also commonly spelled Foxhall.)
  • Gayton Station — Luxurious homes in the meadows of the Tuckahoe Creek.
  • Glen Gary — Connected to Waterford, Wellesley, Sherbrooke.
  • Graham Meadows — In the meadows of Tuckahoe Creek.
  • Grey Oaks — One of the newest neighborhoods in the West End, it includes a private pool and tennis courts. Home prices range from $550,000 to well over $1 million.
  • Hardings Trace — Smaller sized neighborhood. Connects with Burgundy Park and is off North Gayton Road.
  • Lake Loreine — A smaller private community with east, west, and south sections that are waterfront or adjacent to water and wildlife, built in the 80's by Hanky and Co.
  • Loreines Landing — Built in the 1990s and 2000s with modern and contemporary architecture
  • Milhaven at the Colonies- a smaller neighborhood located off of Causeway Drive next to Fox Hall and the Colonies.
  • Oak Run — Away from the hectic traffic of the closer, concentrated area of Short Pump. Located off of Church Road and sits next to Barony Woods.
  • Pine Run — Larger, older homes. The main road is Fox Meadow Drive. With entrances on Gayton and Ridgfield, it is next to Gayton Elementary School.
  • Retrievers Ridge — smaller neighborhood; one- and two-story homes; located near Church and Pump roads.
  • Shady Grove Estates — A smaller neighborhood with large homes on multiple acres; located off Pouncey Tracy Road.
  • Sherbrooke — Near the John Rolfe Parkway construction.
  • Sterling — Traditional homes, all brick, on the south side of Church Road.
  • Twin Hickory — A master-planned community developed by HHHunt consisting of approximately 1,300 homes as of July 2010 located between Nuckols Road and Pouncey Tract Road. Community amenities include pools, tennis courts, parks, and an extensive network of sidewalks and paths. Housing options include apartment rentals, low-maintenance homes, town homes, and large family homes. Adjacent to the Twin Hickory community are Twin Hickory Elementary School, Colonial Trail Elementary School, Short Pump Middle School, and Deep Run High School. Also adjacent is Henrico County's Twin Hickory Library. Nearby amenities include the Short Pump Mall, a wide range of retail shopping along Broad Street, and convenience and grocery retail outlets on Nuckols road. Also adjacent are a retirement community and several office parks.
  • Waterford — A large neighborhood with large home sites.
  • Wellesley — A master-planned community consisting if 788 single family, town homes and condominium homes built by HHHunt homes. Wellesley was recognized by the Community Associations Institute by the Central Virginia Chapter in 1992 and in 1999 when it was awarded the national "Community Association of the Year." In addition, in 2010 Wellesley was named the Central Virginia Community Association Institute's Large Community of the Year
  • Wyndham — A large neighborhood featuring the Dominion Club and a neighborhood pool.
  • Wythe Trace and Summerwood — Homesites along the John Rolfe Parkway construction. — Short Pump Lost Architecture (2015). Henrico County Historical Society


Elementary schools

  • Colonial Trail Elementary School
  • Rivers Edge Elementary School
  • Gayton Elementary School
  • Nuckols Farm Elementary School
  • Short Pump Elementary School
  • Twin Hickory Elementary School
  • David A. Kaechele Elementary School


  • Holman Middle School
  • Pocahontas Middle School
  • Short Pump Middle School


  • Deep Run High School
  • Mills E. Godwin High School
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