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Spotsylvania County Courthouse
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
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|Named for||Alexander Spotswood|
|Largest community||Spotsylvania Courthouse|
|• Total||414 sq mi (1,070 km2)|
|• Land||401 sq mi (1,040 km2)|
|• Water||13 sq mi (30 km2) 3.1%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||315/sq mi (122/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|Congressional districts||1st, 7th|
Spotsylvania County is a county in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2016 estimate, the population was 132,010. Its county seat is Spotsylvania Courthouse. Spotsylvania County is a part of Northern Virginia and the Baltimore–Washington metropolitan area.
At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area that became Spotsylvania County were a Siouan-speaking tribe called the Manahoac.
Stonewall Jackson was shot and mortally wounded in Spotsylvania County during the Battle of Chancellorsville. A group of Confederate soldiers from North Carolina were in the woods and heard General Jackson's party returning from reconnoitering the Union lines. They mistook him for a Federal patrol and fired their weapons, wounding him in both arms. His left arm was amputated. General Jackson died a few days later from pneumonia at nearby Guinea Station. Confederate wounded were being gathered there for evacuation to hospitals further to the south and away from enemy lines.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 414 square miles (1,070 km2), of which 401 square miles (1,040 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (3.1%) is water.
It is bounded on the north by the Rappahannock and Rapidan rivers, the independent city of Fredericksburg (all of which were part of the area's early history), and the counties of Stafford and Culpeper; on the south by the North Anna River and its impoundment, Lake Anna, and by the counties of Hanover and Louisa; on the west by Orange County and Culpeper County; and on the east by Caroline County.
Adjacent counties and independent city
- Culpeper County, Virginia – north
- Stafford County, Virginia – northeast
- City of Fredericksburg, Virginia – northeast
- Caroline County, Virginia – southeast
- Hanover County, Virginia – south
- Louisa County, Virginia – southwest
- Orange County, Virginia – west and northwest
National protected area
- US 1
- US 17
- US 522
- SR 2
- SR 3
- SR 208
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2010, there were 122,397 people, 31,308 households, and 24,639 families residing in the county. The population density was 226 people per square mile (87/km²). There were 33,329 housing units at an average density of 83 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was:
- 78.4% White
- 15.8% Black or African American
- 0.4% Native American
- 2.4% Asian
- 0.05% Pacific Islander
- 2.8% from other races, and
- 1.88% from two or more races.
7.8% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 31,308 households out of which 42.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.80% were married couples living together, 9.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 21.30% were non-families. 16.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.87 and the average family size was 3.22.
In the county, the population was spread out with 30.00% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 32.20% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 8.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females there were 97.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.
The 2014 median income for a household in the county was $79,402, and the median income for a family was $87,922. Males had a median income of $49,166 versus $38,076 for females. The per capita income for the county was $31,567. About 3.90% of families and 5.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 6.70% of those under age 18 and 5.20% of those age 65 or over.
There are no incorporated towns or cities in Spotsylvania County. Unincorporated communities in the county include:
Other unincorporated communities
- Artillery Ridge
- Bells Crossroad
- Blades Corner
- Carters Store
- Chewnings Corner
- Five Mile Fork
- Four Mile Fork
- Granite Springs
- Lanes Corner
- Old Trap
- Olivers Corner
- Post Oak
- Shady Grove Corner
- Todds Tavern
Many areas of the county have Fredericksburg addresses.
Points of interest
- Lake Anna State Park
- Spotsylvania County Public Schools
- Spotsylvania Courthouse
- Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park
- Spotsylvania Towne Centre
- Spotsylvania County Sheriff’s Office
- Central Rappahannock Regional Library
- Dominion Raceway
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