Albemarle County, Virginia

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Albemarle County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. Figures from the U.S. Census Bureau give an estimated 2008 population of 94,075. Its county seat is Charlottesville.[2]

Albemarle County is part of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

In 1744, the Virginia General Assembly created Albemarle County by taking the northern portion of Goochland County.[3] The county was named in honor of Willem Anne van Keppel, 2nd Earl of Albemarle and titular Governor of Virginia at the time.[4] 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.[4]

President Thomas Jefferson was born in the county at Shadwell, though it was then part of Goochland County.[5] His home of Monticello is located in the county, however.[6]

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