King William Facts & Figures

Establishment

  • By enabling act of Virginia General Assembly effective on April 11, 1702; created from Pamunkey Neck section of King and Queen County (Town of West Point incorporated on July 11, 1870)

Namesake

  • William III; King of England, Scotland and Ireland from April 11, 1689 to March 19, 1702

Geography

  • Area: 275.4 square miles, including 270.7 in unincorporated territory and 4.7 in Town of West Point
  • Elevation: sea level to 200 feet
  • Regional Location: western end of the Middle Peninsula of Virginia; approximately 33 miles northeast of City of Richmond
  • Shoreline: 135.7 miles
  • Topography: flat to gently rolling

Natural Resources

  • Commercial Natural Resources:
    • Clay
    • Gravel
    • Loblolly pine
    • Mixed hardwoods
    • Sand
  • Watersheds: York River and Chesapeake Bay
  • Major Water Bodies: Mattaponi River forms northern jurisdictional boundary, Pamunkey River forms southern jurisdictional boundary, rivers’ confluence at West Point forms York River

Climate

  • Average January Temperature: 38 degrees
  • Average July Temperature: 77 degrees
  • Average Annual Precipitation: 44 inches
  • Average Annual Snowfall: 14 inches

Government

  • County Seat: King William Court House
  • Organizational Form of County Government: Traditional; organized and operates pursuant to Virginia statutes
  • County Governing Body: 5-member Board of Supervisors elected by districts for 4-year terms
  • Chief County Executive / Administrative Officer: county administrator appointed by Board of Supervisors
  • Other County Elected Officials: 5-member School Board, Clerk of the Circuit Court, Commissioner of the Revenue, Commonwealth’s Attorney, Sheriff and Treasurer
  • Virginia House of Delegates Districts: 97th and 98th
  • Virginia Senate District: 4th
  • United States Congressional District: 1st

Primary Sources

  • Community Profile: King William County, Virginia by Dominion Virginia Power, 2000
  • Demographic Characteristics: 2000, Geographic Area: King William County, Virginia by U.S. Census Bureau
  • Tidewater Town: A Pictorial History of West Point, Virginia by Alonzo T. Dill, 1970