Lancaster County, Virginia

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Lancaster County is a county located on the Northern Neck in the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state in the United States. As of 2000, the population was 11,567. Its county seat is Lancaster[1]. It is located near the mouth of the Rappahannock River. The county is part of the Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace wine-growing region recognized by the United States as an American Viticultural Area.



Lancaster County was established in 1651 from Northumberland and York counties. Historic attractions open to the public include the Mary Ball Washington Museum and Library, Belle Isle State Park and the eighteenth-century Christ Church).


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 231 square miles (599 km²), of which 133 square miles (345 km²) is land and 98 square miles (254 km²) (42.45%) is water.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,567 people, 5,004 households, and 3,412 families residing in the county. The population density was 87 people per square mile (34/km²). There were 6,498 housing units at an average density of 49 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.95% White, 28.88% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 0.61% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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