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About the County

Welcome to the official Web site of Albemarle County, Virginia, home to 98,970 residents (according to the 2010 Census), located approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C. and 70 miles west of Richmond. Albemarle County is one of the most attractive and desirable locations in Virginia, with excellent school systems, low crime and unemployment rates, and a wide range of cultural, historic and recreational activities which offer unique advantages for thriving businesses and for gracious living.

County Office Building
401 McIntire Road
Charlottesville, VA 22902
(434) 296-5841
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County Office Building
1600 5th Street
Charlottesville, VA 22902
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Albemarle County is served locally by a six-member Board of Supervisors, a seven-member elected School Board, and elected Constitutional Officers (Clerk of Circuit Court, Sheriff, and Commonwealth's Attorney).

At the state level, the County is a part of the 24th and 25th State Senate Districts and contains portions of the 25th, 57th, 58th, and 59th House of Delegates Districts.

At the Federal level, Albemarle County is served by Virginia's two senators and is now completely within the 5th Congressional District. 


The economy of Albemarle County is vital and growing. The predominant economic sectors are services, manufacturing, education, retail, tourism, trade,  care & social assistance, technical & professional services and agriculture. The County of Albemarle's labor force is roughly 53,000 and its unemployment rate of 2.6% is consistently lower than the state and national averages.

For a list of major employers and other area business information and statistics, visit the Albemarle County Economic Development website.


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Albemarle is located in Central Virginia. The heart of Albemarle County is approximately 110 miles southwest of Washington, D.C.; 70 miles west of Richmond; 115 miles northeast of Roanoke. Greene, Orange, Nelson, Fluvanna, Augusta, Buckingham, Rockingham, and Louisa Counties border Albemarle.

Brief History
Albemarle County was formed in 1744 by an act of the General Assembly. Its original land area included today's counties of Amherst, Buckingham, Fluvanna, and Nelson, much of Appomattox and part of Campbell. Albemarle County assumed its present boundaries in 1777. It was named in honor of William Ann Keppel, second Earl of Albemarle, who was then governor of the colony. The first county seat was located in Scottsville. In 1761, however, county government was moved to Charlottesville, which was established as a town in 1762 and established as a city on 1888.

We enjoy mild winters and mild but humid summers here in Albemarle. The mean annual average temperature is 57 degrees. June through August, the average temperature is 75 degrees, and December through February, the average is 37 degrees.

At the time of the 2010 census, the population of Albemarle County was approximately 98,970.


The park facilities in Albemarle County are categorized as Community, District and County Parks and are maintained by the Albemarle County Parks and Recreation Department. Community Parks are generally located at elementary schools and district parks at middle and high schools. Facilities provided at Community and District Parks are generally for active recreational pursuits such as tennis, baseball, soccer, basketball, and playgrounds. County Parks are larger park areas that encourage more passive leisure pursuits such as picnicking, fishing, and trail hiking. In all, seven county parks offer a total of 2000 acres for residents to enjoy. Facilities at County Parks include swimming beaches, picnic shelters, nature trails, bike trails, canoe rentals, boat launches, and fishing piers.

For more information about Albemarle's parks, call Parks and Recreation at (434)296-5844.


Ash-Lawn Highland
Home of James Monroe, fifth President of the United States and author of the Monroe Doctrine, is located two miles beyond Monticello. Special events include operas, musical theater, concerts, Christmas festivities, a wine festival, and Plantation Days. Call (434)293-9539 for information.

Court Square Area
The Albemarle County Court House, built in 1803 and still in use today.

Michie Tavern
Located on State Highway 53 between Charlottesville and Monticello, Michie Tavern has been restored and authentically furnished as a Museum of Historical Tavern Americana. Call (434)984-9800 for information.

The Little Mountain home of Thomas Jefferson has been completely restored and authentically furnished by the Thomas Jefferson Memorial Foundation. Call (434)984-9800 for information.

Montpelier was the lifelong home of President James Madison and is a museum property of the National Trust for Historic Preservation. Guided tours, preservation work, interpretative programs, and archaeological experiences are offered. Montpelier is open daily March-December, and on weekends in January and February.

Featured Events
FREE Christmas Tree Recycling Begins
12/26/2019, 7:00 AM
Board of Supervisors Regular Meeting
1/8/2020, 1:00 PM
Lane Auditorium (COB)
Crozet Master Plan Workshop
1/13/2020, 6:30 PM
Lunch & Learn: Lewis & Clark
1/23/2020, 11:30 AM
FREE Christmas Tree Mulch Available
2/1/2020, 7:00 AM

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