As one of the largest and fastest growing
counties in the Commonwealth. Spotsylvania has been dealing with expanding growth while attempting
to keep taxes down. New construction, as well as improved county facilities,
are planned for the future. The county's location along the I-95 corridor
between Washington, D.C. and
Richmond makes it attractive to
business and industry. This, along with the scenic beauty of Lake Anna,
has contributed to its new growth. Spotsylvania county is closely linked
to the City of
which is actually part of the county, but politically independent. Nearly
half of the counties residents commute to the DC area or to Richmond. Three
large military installations
are nearby. The area is home to several major
in 1720 from the merger of Essex, King and Queen and King William counties,
Spotsylvania was named after former Governor Alexander Spotswood. It is
probably best known as the location of several major Civil
War battles, including the Battle of Spotsylvania Courthouse, one of
the bloodiest of the war. Currently the county covers some 400 square
miles, making it one of the largest counties in the Commonwealth. The current population in Spotsylvania is just over 90,000
people and growing daily with a median income of around $53,000. For more
about the history check here for
links and historical places to visit.
tax rates are $1.02/$100 assessed
at 100% for real estate (collected in Jun and Dec), $5.00/$100 assessed
at 50% for personal property. Sales tax: 4.5% (3.5% state + 1% local).
Meals are taxed at 4%. Auto decal or county stickers cost $20.00 for cars,
$10.00 motorcycles. All tags must be purchased as soon as residency is established.
All decal or county stickers are purchased at county treasurer's office(
in the Holbert building) with a deadline of midnight April 14th every year.
Dog licenses are based on an annual fee of $5.00 per year ($8.00 for 2
years and $10.00 for 3 years).
Form of Government:
The county seat is located in the Courthouse area, where State Routes 208
and 613 intersect. Spotsylvania now has 7 members on its Board
of Supervisors. Board members serve 4 year terms and appoint a county
administrator who carries out day-to-day operations. The board members
voted for a 33% raise which took effect Jan. 1, 2000, bringing the annual salary
to $20,000 for each member.
Public Transportation: There
is a wide array of transportation
available. Pick your choice and go to work or explore!
Public Facilities and Services:
Electricity is supplied by Dominion
Virginia Power and
Electric Cooperative. Natural gas is available through Commonwealth
Gas Services. Water rates are $1.00 for 100 cubic feet with sewer
fees being $2.44 for 100 cubic feet. Contact the utilities
office at (540)898-4096. There is one landfill in the county,
which residents can use free of charge. Spotsylvania is policed by the
County Sheriffs Dept. The fire department for the county is mostly
made up of volunteers, but a small staff of paid firefighters are maintained.
911 emergency service is operational
in the county. Virginia
Division of Motor Vehicles website will provide newcomers to the area
with all the details pertaining to vehicle operation and when to obtain
a drivers license. The Central
Rappahannock Regional Library system has 480,000+ volumes circulating
among 7 libraries in system (and one bookmobile). Library information:
(540) 372-1144. The library system was rated one of America's best public
libraries in a nation-wide study.
TV/Radio and entertainment: There
is one local
cable TV station but numerous
stations to choose from.
Lodging: There are a variety
of hotels/motels available
to stay at. It is up to you to decide which will be the best
for your needs.
Public Schools: There are many
in the county so the best thing to do outside of speaking with your neighbors is to call the school board to find out what school your child will attend.
Colleges: Closest colleges include
Washington College in Fredericksburg, Germanna
Community College with a campus in Fredericksburg, Rappahannock
Community College, University
of Virginia, George
Mason University and Virginia
Commonwealth University. There is a listing of other Virginia colleges here.
Recreational Facilities: Detailed
information on the recreational facilities can be found here.
Sports: The professional
teams are listed with phone numbers to call for information.
Local college and high school
sports will available soon.
Mall, off of I-95 exit 130, contains over 120 stores, including major
department stores (Sears, JCPenney, Belk and Hecht's),
boutiques and specialty shops. Massaponax
Factory Outlet Stores, off I-95 exit 126, has approximately 20 outlet
stores, including Bugle Boy, Corning Reeve and Rackroom Shoes. There are
mall "general" stores located throughout the area. Complete
listing of shopping centers is located here.
Statistics & Facts
|The population of Spotsylvania County
is approximately 90,395.
The approximate number of families
The amount of land area the County
encompasses 401 square miles
The distance from Spotsylvania to
Washington DC is 42 statute miles.
The distance to the Virginia state
capital is 58 statute miles.
(Statute miles are "as the crow flies")
*Based on 2000 US Census http://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/51177.html
Zip Codes: 22407,222408,22534,22553,22565
Phone Prefix: 548, 582, 736, 785,
786, 895, 972