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Powhatan County, Virginia

US county information
NamePowhatan County
US Area
Total Area262 sq mi (678.6 km2)
Land Area261 sq mi (676 km2)
Water Area1 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Density33/km2 (85.5/sq mi)

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Powhatan County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The James River forms its northern border and the Appomattox River is on the south side. The county is named for the paramount chief of the powerful confederacy of tribes of Algonquian-speaking Native Americans in the Tidewater in 1607, when the British settled at Jamestown. Historically the area had been occupied by the Monacan, and in 1700 French Huguenot refugees settled at their abandoned village, known as Manakin Town.

Powhatan County, which in the early 21st century has both rural and suburban landscapes, is located southwest of Richmond along U.S. Route 60 in the Richmond-Petersburg region. It is a portion of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). As of 2010, the population was 28,046. Its county seat is Powhatan.

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