Chesterfield County - One of the Nation's Top Twenty Places to Live!
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Chesterfield County is a fast-growing, affluent, suburban community that is the largest locality in the Richmond-Petersburg metropolitan area, andhas been named "One of America’s 20 Hottest White Collar Addresses" by the Wall Street Journal. Residents rank among the nation's wealthiest and most highly educated.
Chesterfield is not only a trend setter and recognized leader among county governments throughout the nation, it also is the location of many historical "firsts." Tobacco was first scientifically cultivated in Chesterfield in 1614; the first American hospital, established in 1622 was located in what is now known as Dutch Gab; the first commercially produced coal was mined in Midlothian in 1709 and the first iron furnace in America was located at Falling Creek in 1619.
This diverse county is bordered by the James River and Appomattox River and has been experiencing tremendous growth over the past few years. The county was awarded the U.S. Senate Productivity and Quality Award Gold Medallion for excellence and efficiency. In addition, it is one of the few counties in the country to earn a "Triple-Triple A" bond rating.
ChesterfieldCounty is 426 square miles and boasts a population of approximately 300,000 people. This massive county was the home of an English colony in 1607 and was one of many sites for the Revolutionary and Civil Wars. The quality of life in ChesterfieldCounty makes it an extremely desirable place to live. There are several new schools throughout the county, plenty of cultural activities, parks, a zoo and countless other family oriented activities are available.
Chesterfield History: This area was originally occupied by Native Americans and was settled by the English in the 1600's. The Virginia General Assembly formed Chesterfield County in 1749. The county was named for Philip Dormer Stanhope, fourth earl of Chesterfield and a British statesman and diplomat. The county seat is Chesterfield.
The county still maintains ties with the United Kingdom. In 2005, the Borough of Gravesham in Kent agreed to a liason with Chesterfield County. Princess Pocahontas was buried at Gravesend, on the River Thames, after she died on board a ship in the river.
Coal was a major industry for the Midlothian section of Chesterfield Coutny, and was mined in the 1700's and 1800's. The Chesterfield Railraod was the first in the Commonwealth and transported coal from the mines in 1831.
Schools: Chesterfield County Schools is one of the 100 largest school districts in the nation. Its operating budget for 2008-2009 is $638 million. County high school students may choose to attend the high school in their neighborhood or apply to two regional Governor's schools.
Parks and Recreation: More than 30 parks are scattered throughout Chesterfield County, which includes Pocahontas State Park, a 7,691-acre park with two lakes and a campground ranked among the Top 10 in the nation. The county’sParks and Recreation Department offers classes, trips, special events and programs.
Libraries: Chesterfield has eight branch libraries, a central library and a law library, each with public computer workstations.County Libraries also have meeting rooms available and offer book discussion groups; computer instruction; programs for children, teens and adults; and services to the homebound.
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