Stafford County, located 45 minutes
south of Washington DC and 1
hour north of Richmond (State capital),
can actually be divided into two parts. Though the county itself covers
some 277 square miles of land, there is a population growth near the Interstate
and Quantico Marine Corps Base.
Though not officially a town, many of the locals refer to the growth around Quantico as the town or city of Stafford. Stafford is closely linked to Fredericksburg.
are nearby close by. The area is home to several major
History: Founded over
300 years ago in 1664, (Stafford County Tricentennial was celebrated in 1964) Stafford county is rich in history. It was here
that George Washington spent much of childhood, at the 600 acre Ferry
Farm Estate, in the lower part of the county. It was during these years
that George supposedly cut down the legendary cherry tree and skipped stones
across the Rappahannock River. Today Stafford (named for Staffordshire,
England) is still primarily rural, although there has been much growth
recently in population and in industry. The majority of wage earners commute
to work in the Washington, D.C., and Northern Virginia area and in this
respect Stafford can be considered a bedroom community. The current population
in Stafford is around 114,000 people and growing daily with a median income
of around $66,000. For more about the history check here
for links and historical places to visit. An extensive look at Historic Falmouth is located here
Tax Situation: Current
rates are $.97/$100 assessed at 100% for real estate (due June 5 and
Dec. 5), $5.49/$100 assessed at 40% for personal property. Tax relief for
elderly and disabled is available. Sales tax: 5% (5% state + 1% local). Meals are
taxed at 4%.
Auto decals are no longer required in Stafford County as of Jan 1, 2007. Dog tags cost $10.00 for dogs that have not been spayed
or neutered and $5.00 for dogs that have, new tags deadline is January.
Form of Government: The Stafford
County government is located at the Stafford County Administration
Center 1300 Courthouse Road. The government is run by an elected Board
of Supervisors consisting of 7 regular members. Four year terms are
staggered every 2 years. Supervisors make final decisions in governmental
matters ranging from land use and zoning to setting tax rates.
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
Virginia Power and several Electric Cooperative. Natural
gas is available through Commonwealth Gas Services. Water rates vary
depending on usage. Contact the utilities
office at (540)658-8616. There is one landfill in the county (shared
which residents can use free of charge. Stafford is policed by the Stafford
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. A branch of Central
Rappahannock Regional Library system 480,000+ volumes circulate 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
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
University of Mary Washington
in Fredericksburg, Germanna
Community College with a campus in Fredericksburg and Rappahannock
Community College with campuses nearby. Woodbridge Campus of Northern Virginia
Community College is approximately 25 miles away. There is a listing
of other Virginia colleges here.
is a number of activities
that are available to do whether with friends of family.
Sports: The professional
teams are listed with phone numbers to call for information.
Local college and high school
sports will available soon.
Shopping Center in North Stafford has 30 stores. Chatham
Square Shopping Center on Butler Road has approximately 15 stores.
A Wal-Mart is located on Garrisonville Road. Doc Stone Commons and Stafford Market Place are located right off the Interstate off of Route 610. Potomac Mills Mall is located just North of Stafford. Historic Fredericksburg has a large variety of stores from antique stores to speciality shops. Central Park shopping area is located just inside Fredericksburg and is growing every day. Central Park includes Kohl's, Lowes, Target, PetsMart, Shoppers Club, Office Depot, Best Buy, Sports Authority, Men's Warehouse, and Borders Books. Spotsylvania Mall, off of I-95 exit 130, contains over 120 stores, including major department stores (Sears, Montgomery Wards, 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 Stafford County
is approximately 114,781.
The amount of land area the County
encompasses 270 square miles
The distance from Stafford to Washington
DC is 40 statute miles.
The distance to the Virginia state
capital is 60 statute miles.
(Statute miles are "as
the crow flies")
*Based on 2004 US Census estimateshttp://quickfacts.census.gov/qfd/states/51/51179.html
Area Code: 540
Phone Prefix: 282, 286, 737, 752, 242, 288, 604, 647, 657, 658, 659,
Stafford Frequently Used Numbers
Stafford Borough, England