Chesterfield Real Estate Analysis

Chesterfield County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 316,236,[1] making it the third-most populous county in Virginia (behind Fairfax County and Prince William County, respectively), in 2013, the population was estimated to be 326,950. [2] Its county seat is Chesterfield Court House.[3]

Chesterfield County is located in the Richmond, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area. Much of the northern portion of Chesterfield County is referred to as Metropolitan Richmond’s“South Side”.

Highways, transportation, tolls

For more details on this topic, see Transportation in Richmond, Virginia.

Beginning especially in the second half of the 20th century, Chesterfield grew exponentially, most of all as a commuter town of Richmond. The Richmond-Petersburg Interurban Electric Railway, local streetcar service, and commuter rail service of the Southern Railway to Bon Air had all ended by 1957.

Although some bus routes extended into the county from both cities, the county did not fund transit bus service when the large systems in Richmond and Petersburg converted to governmentally subsidized operations in the 1970s. Privately owned suburban bus services, such as that operated by Virginia Overland Transportation could not operate profitably, even when funded with start-up money through state demonstration program grants. County leaders believed the Chesterfield residents were committed to individual auto use for most local, commuter, and through transportation of people. With the increases in population, traffic, and poor air quality, some residents have asked the county to fund commuter bus services. Further complicating the issue is the general lack of sidewalks along most roads, adding to residents’ dependence on motor vehicles.

Although the Virginia Department of Transportation (VDOT) built interstate, primary and secondary highways throughout the 20th century, they quickly filled with traffic as the population and use of autos increased. Customary funding sources were insufficient to raise the monies needed for highway construction. Opened in 1958, and funded through toll revenue bonds, the Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike was a toll highway which paralleled U.S. 1 andU.S. Route 301 between the northern edge of Richmond and the southern limits of Petersburg. Its portion through Chesterfield County was the longest section of its mileage. Conceived prior to the creation of the Interstate Highway System, the roadway was made toll-free in 1992. The former Richmond-Petersburg Turnpike forms a vital portion of Interstate 95 in central Virginia, including the northernmost portion of Interstate 85 near Petersburg.

The Powhite Parkway Extension of the Powhite Parkway in Richmond, Virginia (a toll road operated by the Richmond Metropolitan Authority) was built and opened in 1988. The extension in Chesterfield County is operated by and the tolls are collected by VDOT. (The entire route in Richmond and Chesterfield is signed as Virginia State Route 76). The county extension begins at the exit for State Route 150 (Chippenham Parkway), and includes major exits for U.S. Route 60 west of Richmond, and State Route 288 in the Midlothian area. The southern terminus of State Route 76 is near the Brandermill development. Today the Powhite Parkway features a new highspeed toll system that allows smart-tag and e-z pass holders to travel through at speeds of 45-50 mph.

The Pocahontas Parkway, a 8.8-mile (14.2 km) toll road known as State Route 895, connects the junction of Interstate 95 and State Route 150 in Chesterfield County with Interstate 295 near Richmond International Airport inHenrico County, forming part of a southeastern bypass of Richmond. The roadway features the high-level Vietnam Veterans Memorial Bridge over the shipping channel of the James River downstream from the deep-water Port of Richmond, to allow ample clearance for ocean-going vessels.

Although Route 895 had been planned for many years, sufficient state and federal construction funds were not available at the time of construction, but the state encouraged innovative funding. In 1995, the Virginia General Assembly passed the Public-Private Transportation Act, to allow private entities to propose solutions for designing, constructing, financing and operating transportation improvements. A public-private partnership developed a proposal acceptable to the state. Since construction, the partnership has collected tolls to recover costs. The toll collection facility features one of the Richmond area’s high-speed open lanes, enabling vehicles to travel through at highway speeds with a Smart Tag or other compatible electronic toll collection transponder.

The large planned community of Brandermill, which includes a conference center, was named in 1977 the “best planned community in America” by Better Homes and Gardens magazine and the National Association of Homebuilders.


Chesterfield County’s economy is largely industrial based. Forty-one international companies have operations in the county.[8] Some of these companies include Amazon.comCapital OneHoneywell International, and SabraDipping Co. which located with the help of Chesterfield Economic Development and the Greater Richmond Partnership, the regional economic development organization.[9]

Top Private Employers[10]

E.I. duPont de Nemours & Co. Plastic Films, Synthetic Fibers Manufacturing 2,482
United Parcel Service Express Delivery Services 1,967
Wal-Mart Stores, Inc. Retail Trade 1,555
CJW Medical Center Health Care 1,267
Hill PHOENIX, Inc. Refrigeration Equipment Manufacturing 1,250
The Kroger Co. Retail Food Distribution 1,225
St. Francis Medical Center Health Care 1,150 Internet retail fulfillment center 1,100
Capital One Financial Services 1,069
Martin’s Supermarkets, Inc. Retail Food Distribution 1,059
General Dynamics (formerly Vangent) Call Center 897
Food Lion, Inc. Retail Food Distribution 869
Honeywell International, Inc. Synthetic Fibers Manufacturing 675
Alstom Power, Inc. Generation Equipment Manufacturing 600
Campofrio Food Group America Italian specialty meat products 500


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 437 square miles (1,130 km2), of which 423 square miles (1,100 km2) is land and 14 square miles (36 km2) (3.1%) is water.[11]

Chesterfield County is largely bordered by two rivers which define miles of its boundaries. The major adjoining cities each originated at the head of navigation of these river, called the fall line. There, the hillier and rockier Piedmont region falls to the sandy and mostly flat eastern coastal plain Tidewater region, a change which creates barriers for ships going upstream on the rivers. Chesterfield County includes areas of both regions.

Richmond and Manchester were formed at the fall line of the James River. Most of the northern portion of Chesterfield County is part of what is called Richmond’s “South Side”. As the James River flows east to Richmond and then turns almost due south below the fall line for about 8 miles (13 km) before turning east, Henrico County encompasses much of Richmond’s West EndNorth Side, and East End areas.

Chesterfield County borders on the Appomattox River to the south. Much of the southern and eastern portions of the county are considered part of the Tri-Cities area, which includes Petersburg, located at the fall line.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Major highways


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 14,214
1800 14,488 1.9%
1810 9,979 −31.1%
1820 18,003 80.4%
1830 18,637 3.5%
1840 17,148 −8.0%
1850 17,489 2.0%
1860 19,016 8.7%
1870 18,470 −2.9%
1880 25,085 35.8%
1890 26,211 4.5%
1900 18,804 −28.3%
1910 21,299 13.3%
1920 20,496 −3.8%
1930 26,049 27.1%
1940 31,183 19.7%
1950 40,400 29.6%
1960 71,197 76.2%
1970 76,855 7.9%
1980 141,372 83.9%
1990 209,274 48.0%
2000 259,903 24.2%
2010 316,236 21.7%
Est. 2013 326,950 3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
2013 Estimate

At the 2000 census[16], there were 259,903 people, 93,772 households and 72,110 families residing in the county. The population density was 610 per square mile (236/km²).

There were 97,707 housing units at an average density of 230 per square mile (89/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.44% White, 32.23% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 2.37% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. 2.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

The largest ancestry groups in Chesterfield County include African (18%), English (14.5%), German (12.5%), Irish (11%), Italian (4%) and Scots-Irish (3%).[17]

There were 93,772 households of which 40.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.10% were non-families. 18.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 4.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.73 and the average family size was 3.11.

Age distribution was 28.30% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 31.20% from 25 to 44, 24.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.30 males.

The median household income was $58,537, and the median family income was $65,058. Males had a median income of $43,030 versus $30,518 for females. The per capita income for the county was $25,286. About 3.30% of families and 4.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.60% of those under age 18 and 3.40% of those age 65 or over.


In May 2004, Chesterfield was named the “17th Best Place to Live in America” by the American City Business Journals.

In 2013, Chesterfield County received 9 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties. NACo’s membership includes more than 2,000 counties nationwide, representing more than 80 percent of the nation’s population. The awards were for: Automation of the Land Use Program; Building Common Ground – Civic Engagement at CCPL (Chesterfield County Public Libraries); C-Fit Farmer’s Market; Enhancing Customer Service Through Technology, Flexibility, and Efficiency; Families Understanding Numbers @ CCPL; Nutrient-Reduction and Cost-Recovery Program; Open House for Student Success; Rain Garden Resources Program; and Volunteer Program Enhancements – A New Direction in Changing Economic Time.[19]

Chesterfield County is also noted as the home town of NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin. He spent years racing at many local short tracks, including Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Virginia.


Chesterfield County Public Schools is the local school system, and has received the U.S. Department of Education‘s Blue Ribbon Award.


There are no incorporated towns in Chesterfield County. However, the Chesterfield County Planning Department has identified 25 distinct communities within Chesterfield:[20]

  • Rockwood
  • Salisbury
  • South Rockwood
  • Spring Run
  • Winterpock
  • Woodlake

Other communities

Many of these areas or communities used to have a Richmond or a Colonial Heights mailing address. Recently, they have been changed to a “North Chesterfield” or “South Chesterfield” address, respectively, due to the confusion of residents sending their personal property taxes to the above listed cities instead of Chesterfield County.

See also


  1. Jump up^ “State & County QuickFacts”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 1, 2014.
  2. Jump up^ [1]. Virginia State 2013 Population Estimates Retrieved February 2, 2013
  3. Jump up^ “Find a County”. National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. Jump up^ Francis Earl Lutz, 1954, Chesterfield: An Old Virginia County, p. 282.
  5. Jump up^ “David B. Robinson, CPA Coal Mining in Chesterfield, VA”. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  6. Jump up to:a b “FindLaw | Cases and Codes”. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  7. Jump up^ “CL SUMMER 05.indd” (PDF). Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  8. Jump up^ Local Economy & Taxes. Chesterfield Business |url= missing title (help). Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  9. Jump up^ Blackwell, John Reid (January 7, 2013). “UPDATE: Amazon to open two local distribution centers, creating 1,350 jobs”Richmond Times-Dispatch. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  10. Jump up^ “Largest Private Employers”Chesterfield Economic Development. Retrieved 19 August 2013.
  11. Jump up^ “US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990”United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  12. Jump up^ “U.S. Decennial Census”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  13. Jump up^ “Historical Census Browser”. University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  14. Jump up^ “Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  15. Jump up^ “Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000”. United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014.
  16. Jump up^ “American FactFinder”United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  17. Jump up^ Chesterfield County, VA – Chesterfield County, Virginia – Ancestry & family history – ePodunk
  18. Jump up^ “Chesterfield County, Virginia, USA”. Gravesham. 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2010-07-22.
  19. Jump up^ NACo 2013 Achievement Awards, accessed October 16, 2013
  20. Jump up^ Chesterfield County Community Indicators Report

External links

Chesterfield Real Estate Listings

Active Listings in Chesterfield

5611 Woods Walk Road Chesterfield, VA 23112
Photo of 5611 Woods Walk Road, Chesterfield, VA 23112 (MLS # 1714594)
3 beds 2 baths 1,349 sqft $212,000
9709 Ashworth Drive Chesterfield, VA 23236
Photo of 9709 Ashworth Drive, Chesterfield, VA 23236 (MLS # 1715049)
4 beds 3 baths 2,351 sqft $275,000
2812 Brookforest Road Chesterfield, VA 23112
Photo of 2812 Brookforest Road, Chesterfield, VA 23112 (MLS # 1701852)
4 beds 3 baths 1,383 sqft $175,000
12807 Old Country Lane Chesterfield, VA 23114
Photo of 12807 Old Country Lane, Chesterfield, VA 23114 (MLS # 1714392)
4 beds 3 baths 2,856 sqft $294,900
5622 Beacon Hill Drive, Unit 5622 Chesterfield, VA 23112
Photo of 5622 Beacon Hill Drive, Unit 5622, Chesterfield, VA 23112 (MLS # 1704745)
3 beds 4 baths 2,755 sqft $257,000

Walk Score for Chesterfield

Chesterfield School Data

Chesterfield School Districts

Chesterfield County Public Schools

Chesterfield Schools

J A Chalkley Elementary School
PK-5, public
Lloyd C Bird High School
9-12, public
Matoaca High School
9-12, public
Thomas Dale High School
9-12, public
O B Gates Elementary School
PK-5, public
Jacobs Road Elementary School
PK-5, public
Richmond Christian School
K-12, private
Heritage Christian Academy
PK-12, private
Chesterfield Juvenile Detention Home
K-2, public
Gill Grove Baptist School
K-12, private
Chesterfield Tech
9-12, public
Guardian Christian Academy
PK-10, private
Freedom Christian Academy
4-5, 7-9, 11, private
Winterpock Elementary School
K-5, public
Pocohantas Corr Unit #13
K-2, public
Chesterfield Diversion
K-2, public
Heritage Christian Academy
PK-12, private

Posted on May 27, 2014 at 9:49 pm by Alex Glaser