Chesterfield County is a FIRST CHOICE community in which to live, work, raise a family and play. More than 318,000 people make Chesterfield their home, and we credit the county’s popularity to the excellent programs and services it provides, as well as the overall quality of life.

Families continue to choose Chesterfield County in part because of the public school system, which is consistently cited by SchoolMatch as having what parents want.

Recognizing Chesterfield’s appeal, America’s Promise Alliance has named Chesterfield County one of the country’s 100 Best Communities for Young People for three years in a row.

With more than 58,000 students, Chesterfield is among the 100 largest school districts in the nation and the fourth largest in Virginia. The Chesterfield approach to education is working: Chesterfield is the largest school system to have every school accredited by the Virginia Department of Education, and student pass rates on Virginia’s rigorous Standards of Learning tests routinely surpass state averages. For the third straight year, the division made adequate yearly progress under No Child Left Behind.

Chesterfield County is ideally located in the mid-Atlantic region of the United States. This strategic location on the eastern seaboard is a valuable asset. It puts local businesses halfway between the markets of the north and south, within a one-day commute of 50 percent of the U.S. population, 65 percent of the nation’s manufacturing operations and 60 percent of the corporate headquarters in the country.

Chesterfield County is part of the Richmond-Petersburg MSA and is bounded by the cities of Richmond, Petersburg, Hopewell and Colonial Heights. Situated between the James and Appomattox Rivers, Chesterfield’s land area totals 446 square miles and consists of a pleasant mix of suburban communities that are within a two-hour drive of Virginia beaches, the Blue Ridge Parkway and Washington D.C. 

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