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Encyclopedia > York County, Virginia
York County, Virginia
Seal of York County, Virginia
Seal (Detail)
Map of Virginia highlighting York County
Location in the state of Virginia
Formed 1634
Seat Yorktown
Area
 - Total
 - Water

558 km² (216 mi²)
285 km² (110 mi²) 50.98% 
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

56,298
206/km² 
www.yorkcounty.gov

York County is a county located on the Virginia Peninsula in the state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 56,298. Its county seat is the unincorporated town of Yorktown6. It is located in the Hampton Roads region. Image File history File links File history Legend: (cur) = this is the current file, (del) = delete this old version, (rev) = revert to this old version. ... Seal on envelope A seal is an impression printed on, embossed upon, or affixed to a document (or any other object) in order to authenticate it, in lieu of or in addition to a signature. ... Public domain map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, modified to show counties. ... Events Moses Amyrauts Traite de la predestination is published Curaçao captured by the Dutch Treaty of Polianovska First meeting of the Académie française The witchcraft affair at Loudun Jean Nicolet lands at Green Bay, Wisconsin Opening of Covent Garden Market in London English establish a settlement... A county seat, in the United States, is a town which forms the seat of government of a county. ... Yorktown is a census-designated place located in York County, Virginia. ... This article explains the meaning of area as a physical quantity. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile (symbol sq. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... Density (symbol: ρ - Greek: rho) is a measure of mass per unit of volume. ... Originally, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count (in Great Britain, an earl, though the original earldoms covered larger areas) by reason of that office. ... The Virginia Peninsula is a peninsula in southeast Virginia, bounded by the York River, James River, Hampton Roads, and Chesapeake Bay. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... A county seat, in the United States, is a town which forms the seat of government of a county. ... Yorktown is a census-designated place located in York County, Virginia. ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... Hampton Roads, the worlds greatest harbor, from state map of pre-civil war Virginia circa 1858 Hampton Roads is the name of both a body of water and the land areas which surround it in southeastern Virginia in the United States. ...

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History

The county was formed in 1634 as Charles River Shire for King Charles I, one of the eight original shires in the Colony of Virginia. It was renamed in 1642-43 as York County. The river, county, and town are believed to have been named for York, a city in Northern England. The first courthouse and jail were located near what is now Yorktown although the community, founded as a port for shipping tobacco to Europe, as variously called Port of York, Borough of York, York, Town of York, until Yorktown was established in 1691. Never incorporated as a town, Yorktown is the county seat of York County. The only town ever incorporated within the county's boundaries was Poquoson, which was incorporated in 1952 and became an independent city in 1975. Events Moses Amyrauts Traite de la predestination is published Curaçao captured by the Dutch Treaty of Polianovska First meeting of the Académie française The witchcraft affair at Loudun Jean Nicolet lands at Green Bay, Wisconsin Opening of Covent Garden Market in London English establish a settlement... Charles River Shire was one of eight shires created in colonial Virginia in 1634. ... The name Charles I is used to refer to numerous persons in history: Kings: Charles I of England, Scotland, and Ireland Charles I of France (also known as Charles the Bald) Charles I of Spain (also known as Charles V of the German Empire) Charles I of Romania Charles I... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... York is a city in northern England, at the confluence of the Rivers Ouse and Foss. ... The three northern Regions Northern England is a rather ill-defined term, with no universally accepted definition. ... Yorktown is a census-designated place located in York County, Virginia. ... Species N. glauca N. longiflora N. rustica N. sylvestris N. tabacum Ref: ITIS 30562 as of 2002 August 28 Tobacco () is a broad-leafed plant of the nightshade family, indigenous to North and South America, whose dried and cured leaves are often smoked (see tobacco smoking) in the form of... A county seat, in the United States, is a town which forms the seat of government of a county. ... Poquoson is an independent city located on the Virginia Peninsula, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. ... 1952 - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... An independent city can have several meanings: // Germany Flensburg USA A city in the United States of America that does not belong to any county, but rather interacts directly with the state government. ... 1975 was a common year starting on Wednesday (the link is to a full 1975 calendar). ...


It is most famous as the site of the surrender of General Cornwallis to General George Washington in 1781, ending the American Revolutionary War. Yorktown also figured prominently in the American Civil War (1861-1865), serving as a major port to supply both northern and southern towns, depending upon who held Yorktown at the time. Charles Cornwallis, 1st Marquess Cornwallis (December 31, 1738-October 5, 1805) was a British general and colonial governor. ... George Washington (February 22, 1732–December 14, 1799) was an American planter, political figure, and military leader. ... 1781 was a common year starting on Monday (see link for calendar). ... The American Revolutionary War (1775–1783), also known as the American War of Independence, was a war fought primarily between Great Britain and revolutionaries within thirteen North American colonies. ... The American Civil War was fought in the United States from 1861 until 1865 between the United States – forces coming mostly from the 23 northern states of the Union – and the newly-formed Confederate States of America, which consisted of 11 southern states that had declared their secession. ...


Today, Yorktown is part of an important national resource known as the Historic Triangle of Yorktown, Jamestown and Williamsburg, and is the northern terminus of the Colonial Parkway. The Historic Triangle is located on the Virginia Peninsula of the United States and includes the colonial communities of Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown, with many restored attractions linked by the Colonial Parkway. ... Jamestown was a village by the James River in Virginia, about 45 miles (70 kilometers) southeast of where Richmond, Virginia, is now. ... Williamsburg is a city located on the Virginia Peninsula in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. ... Colonial Parkway is a scenic 23-mile parkway linking the 3 popular attractions of Virginias Historic Triangle of colonial-era communities, Jamestown, Williamsburg, and Yorktown. ...


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 558 km² (216 mi²). 274 km² (106 mi²) of it is land and 285 km² (110 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 50.98% water. It is near the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... A square mile (symbol sq. ...


Adjacent counties and cities

Gloucester County is an historical Chesapeake county located on the Middle Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... Poquoson is an independent city located on the Virginia Peninsula, in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. ... Hampton is an independent city located in Virginia. ... Newport News, Hampton, Portsmouth and Norfolk, Virginia from space, July 1996 Newport News is an independent city located in Virginia. ... James City County is a county located on the Virginia Peninsula in the state of Virginia. ... Williamsburg is a city located on the Virginia Peninsula in the Hampton Roads area of Virginia. ...

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 56,297 people, 20,000 households, and 15,880 families residing in the county. The population density is 206/km² (533/mi²). There are 20,701 housing units at an average density of 76/km² (196/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 80.00% White, 13.38% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 3.25% Asian, 0.12% Pacific Islander, 0.90% from other races, and 2.00% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... This article is about the year 2000. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 20,000 households out of which 42.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.30% are married couples living together, 9.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 20.60% are non-families. 16.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 5.40% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.78 and the average family size is 3.15. Marriage is a relationship and bond between individuals (termed spouses -- a male spouse is a husband and a female spouse, a wife) that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


In the county, the population is spread out with 29.10% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 30.70% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.10% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 93.50 males.


The median income for a household in the county is $57,956, and the median income for a family is $64,892. Males have a median income of $42,948 versus $28,713 for females. The per capita income for the county is $24,560. 3.50% of the population and 2.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 3.90% of those under the age of 18 and 3.80% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the number of people. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Unincorporated Towns

Yorktown is a census-designated place located in York County, Virginia. ...

External links

  • York County website
  • York County's Historical Markers


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York County, Virginia - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (1139 words)
York County is a county located on the Virginia Peninsula in the U.S. state of Virginia.
The county was formed in 1634 as Charles River Shire for King Charles I, one of the eight original shires in the Colony and Dominion of Virginia.
In 1949, the county grew by 4 acres, as land in that amount was ceded to York County by neighboring Warwick County.
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