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Albemarle County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Figures from the 2010 US Census give a population of 98,970.[2][3]

The county seat is Charlottesville, which is an Independent city enclave entirely surrounded by the county.[4] Albemarle County is part of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.



At the time of European encounter, the inhabitants of the area that became Albemarle County were a Siouan-speaking tribe called the Saponi.[5] In 1744, the Virginia General Assembly created Albemarle County by taking the northern portion of Goochland County.[6] The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time.[7] The large county was divided in 1761, forming Buckingham and Amherst counties, at which time the county seat was moved from the formerly-central Scottsville to a piece of newly central land, christened Charlottesville.[7]

President Thomas Jefferson was born in the county at Shadwell, though it was then part of Goochland County.[8] However, his home of Monticello is located in the county.[9]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 726 square miles (1,880 km2), of which 723 square miles (1,870 km2) is land and 4 square miles (10 km2) (0.49%) is water.[10]

The Rivanna River

Adjacent counties

Albemarle County borders 8 other counties, more than any other county in Virginia.


The only incorporated town in Albemarle County is Scottsville, the original county seat. Unincorporated communities include BarboursvilleCrozet,EarlysvilleFree UnionGreenwoodIvyKeene, and Keswick, among many smaller hamlets.

In addition, the city of Charlottesville is enclaved within Albemarle County. Under Virginia law in effect since 1871, all municipalities in the state incorporated as cities are legally and politically independent of any county.[citation needed]

Notable residents

United States President and Governor of Virginia Thomas Jefferson’s home,Monticello, is located in Albemarle County.

United States President and Governor of Virginia James Monroe’s home, Ash Lawn-Highland, is located in Albemarle County.
Source: Wikipedia