Location & Climate
Prince William County, named for the second son of King
George II of England, was established in 1731 and was originally about 2,000
square miles in area. Bu 1759, the counties of Arlington, Fairfax, Fauquier
and Loudoun had been carved from it, leaving an area of some 348 square miles
today. The areas of Manassas and Manassas Park add 8.1 square miles and 1.7
square miles, respectively, to the total.
The County is situated in northern Virginia and is
bounded by the Potomac River to the east, Fairfax and Loudoun Counties to the
north, Fauquier County to the west and southwest, and Stafford County to the
The altitude in Prince William County ranges from 25 to
1,300 feet above sea level. The relatively mild climate (mean annual
temperature 56 degrees Fahrenheit) and annual precipitation of 40.5 inches
allow for a growing season of over six months.
Prince William County ranks as the third largest
jurisdiction in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The number of residents in the
County has increased steadily since the 1950's. The following table charts
the growth and its expected continuation through the year 2020.
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