Quality of Life
King George County offers a highly desirable and affordable lifestyle in a rural setting, with easy access to the Greater Fredericksburg, Greater Richmond, and Metro DC Areas and their wide variety of amenities. The county’s coastal plain location provides striking natural beauty. While the rivers, acres of natural landscape and historical resources of the county provide a range of recreational and cultural activities, King George County offers excellent public schools, affordable housing, a low crime rate and an exceptional quality of life.
Square miles: 183
Physiography: Coastal plain
Topography: Flat to gently rolling
Elevations: Sea level to 200+ feet
Drainage: Potomac, Rappahannock
Annual average temperature 56°
Average summer temperature 74°
Average winter temperature 38°
Annual average rainfall 40.0″
Annual average snowfall 16.0″
Median age 37 years
Forests: The county has 73,000 acres of forest land. Most of the forests contain hardwoods: oak, hickory and southern yellow pine.
Minerals: The sedimentary rocks of the coastal plain are overlain by a veneer of sand, clay, gravel and marl. Large deposits of sand and gravel, for commercial purposes and for road construction, underlie many areas of the county.
Water: The flat-lying coastal plain has a large quantity of good quality artesian water in its unconsolidated sediments. As a result, the present water demand in King George County is supplied almost entirely by groundwater resources.
Local economic activity as measured in terms of taxable retail sales has grown from $109 million in 2009 to $155 million in 2012. Median family income is $76,241 for 2010. Assessed value of taxable real estate for 2012 is $2.8 billion.
The primary employment sectors in King George County are federal civilian government, services, trade and manufacturing. The major employer is the Naval Support Facility Dahlgren (NSF-Dahlgren), home of the Naval Surface Warfare Center and seven other major commands. Because of NSF-Dahlgren, over 70 high tech and software engineering firms have located or expanded into the county. As of March 2012, the total government labor force within the county stood at 5,130, with an unemployment rate of 6.7%. Total employment (civilian, military and contractor) is in excess of 7,000.
There are six banks located in King George: Union First Market, two branches of Peoples Community Bank, Community Bank of Tri County, and two branches of BB&T. Bank assets range from $98 million to 12.2 billion. In addition, there are three federal credit unions in the county: NARFE Premier Federal Credit Union, NSWC Federal Credit Union, and US Premier Federal Credit Union. The King George County Economic Development Authority issues Industrial Development Revenue Bonds. The county participates in the Rappahannock Economic Development Corporation (REDCO) Small Business Administration 504 loan program.
King George County is governed by an elected five member Board of Supervisors, with a County Administrator serving as the manager for day-to-day government operations. The county offices and courts are centrally located at the King George Courthouse. The county has adopted a comprehensive plan, zoning ordinance, a subdivision ordinance, and offers conditional zoning procedures and cash proffers.
King George Industrial Park
The King George County Industrial Development Park, located off State Route 3, is approximately 140 acres with 100 acres ready for development. The park provides rail access as well as access to public water and sewer. Businesses currently located in the Industrial Park include Gerdau, Faddis Concrete Products, and Superior Paving.
Health and Medical
Mary Washington Hospital in Fredericksburg (18 miles) is a 308-bed, full-service regional facility providing excellent health care. It features a 24-hour emergency room, surgical and critical care divisions, and a dialysis unit.
Spotsylvania Regional Medical Center (25 miles) is a $175 million hospital with 126-beds and all rooms are private and provide a wide range of in- and outpatient services, including 24-hour emergency care, obstetrics, diagnostic imaging, intensive care, cardiac catheterization and psychiatric care. Located on a 75-acre campus south of Fredericksburg on Interstate 95,SRMC is a part of HCA Virginia, which is the commonwealth’s most comprehensive healthcare network.
Locally, Heritage Hall, a state-licensed nursing home, has 130 beds. Recently Heritage Hall was awarded the AHCA/NCAL Silver Award, an award given to skilled nursing facilities that exhibit process and quality improvement for their residents. This is a major achievement as only 11 facilities in Virginia have ever been given the award.
Gateway Medical Urgent care facility offers treatment of most major illnesses, minor surgical procedures, fractures, lacerations, flu
shots and vaccinations. Treatment for specific ailments include sinus infections, cold and cough, allergies, sore throat, pneumonia, dizziness, ear aches, fever, rashes, bites, sprains or strains, minor back pain, cuts, stitches, and Workers Comp injuries. Physical exams are available (general, school, sports, employment, DOT-DCL). Laboratory testing, digital x-ray services, EKG testing are on-site.
Seven doctors and three dentists have practices in King George County. Emergency transport service is provided by the Department of Emergency Services, Dahlgren Rescue Squad and Clare Ambulance Service.
The Public Health Department offers immunizations, pediatric and orthopedic services, and pregnancy tests. The department also performs soil studies, tests water samples as part of its clinical/environmental program, and issues sewerage disposal permits.
Electricity: Reliable, cost-effective electric power is supplied by Dominion Virginia Power and two distribution companies, Northern Neck and Rappahannock Electric Cooperatives, that are members of Old Dominion Electric Cooperative.
Natural Gas: The county is working with Columbia Gas to bring a high pressure, steel natural gas line into the county. This line will run from the Stafford County line to the King George Industrial Park along Route 3. Anticipated date of completion is late 2014.
Water: Average daily use is approximately 525,000 gallons, maximum permitted production is 1.2 million gallons per day. Total system storage volume is 1.6 million gallons.
Wastewater: Average daily flow is 480,000 gallons per day with a maximum permitted treatment capacity of 1,785,000 gallons per day.
Solid waste: The King George County Landfill, managed by Waste Management, accepts household, commercial and non-hazardous industrial waste.
Churches: 26 churches
Lodging: Four hotels/motels with a total of 130 rooms
Library: Just completed a $5 million expansion which increases the size of the library to 28,000 square feet of new meeting and conference rooms, educational rooms and audio-visual equipment
Recreation: Four swimming pools, ten tennis courts, eight ball fields, basketball courts, golf course, two pavilions with picnic tables to accommodate 100 persons each
King George Citizen Center: 10,000 square-foot multi-purpose community center available for meetings, senior citizen activities, dances and recreational programs
Athletics: Adult and youth year-round programs include basketball, soccer, football, gymnastics, volleyball, sports camps, aerobics, karate and dance instruction.
Parks: Two state parks; Caledon Natural Area (2,579 acres) provides a spectacular bald eagle nesting area. Land End Wildlife Preserve (430 acres) provides a Canadian geese refuge. There are also two local parks; Barnesfield (165 acres with facilities) and Wayside (10 passive acres).
Other: Accessibility to both the Potomac and the Rappahannock Rivers provide endless opportunity for water sports. (There is a public boat ramp at Wilmont Landing.) Major amusement parks include Paramount’s Kings Dominion (within 30 minutes), Busch Gardens and Water Country U.S.A. (within 2 hours).
King George County is served by an Enhanced 911 System operated by the King George Sheriff’s Office. The sheriff’s office consists of 35 full-time personnel and five Virginia State Troopers. King George Fire & Rescue, has 96 active and volunteer members and three stations. Both paid and volunteer staff provides Basic Life Support and Advanced Life Support Care throughout the county.
Institutions of Higher Education
Community Colleges: Rappahannock Community College and Germanna Community College offer continuing education and associate degrees in a variety of programs and disciplines. In addition, both colleges offer workforce development training and programs for existing and new business locating into the county.
Colleges and Universities: University of Mary Washington, located in Fredericksburg (18 miles), offers both undergraduate and graduate studies. In January 2012, the University of Mary Washington opened a new campus in Dahlgren. The University of Mary Washington-Dahlgren Campus, Center for Education and Research, is designed to support the continuing educational and professional development of the region’s engineers, scientists, and administrative professionals. It is expected that the university’s presence will facilitate the establishment of a viable research presence and contribute to long-term regional economic growth and development. Currently, Old Dominion University offers telecourses and distance learning opportunities at the new Dahlgren Campus.
Strayer University, George Mason University, Virginia Commonwealth University, Virginia Union University and the University of Richmond are within easy commuting distance, and offer graduate and post graduate degrees.
King George Public Schools, working with Rappahannock Community College, provide vocational education curriculums for high school students geared to meet the needs of the business base.
The Department of Business Assistance through its Virginia Jobs Investment helps offset recruiting and training costs incurred by companies that are either creating new jobs or implementing technological upgrades.
Interstate 95, located 18 miles to the west, provides a six lane north-south transportation route from Northern Maine to Southern Florida. North-south travel in the county is supplemented by U.S. Route 301. East-west links are provided by Virginia Primary Route 3 and Route 218. Other primary local roads include Routes 205 and 206. The county has convenient connections to Interstate 66 in Northern Virginia, Interstate 81 in the Shenandoah Valley, and Interstate 64 to the Port of Hampton Roads.
Richmond International Airport, located within a 1-hour drive from King George County, provides commercial air service, freight and charter service. Three additional major airports, Dulles International Airport, in Northern Virginia, Ronald Reagan National Airport, in Washington, D.C. and Baltimore-Washington International Airport are located within a 90-minute drive. Shannon Airport, a general aviation facility (15 miles west) provides charter, corporate and commuter services and facilities. The airport has a 3,000 foot paved runway and FAA approved lighting. The nearby Stafford Regional Airport serves as a reliever airport for Dulles International Airport and Ronald Reagan National Airport.
CSX Transportation provides Class 1 freight and piggyback rail service to King George County. Amtrak provides regularly scheduled passenger rail service to points north and south, with connections for nationwide travel. The Virginia Railway Express (VRE) operates weekday commuter rail service to Washington, D.C.
A 12-foot navigable channel in the Rappahannock River and a 24-foot channel in the Potomac River are directly accessible from King George County. Deep water river ports are located in Alexandria on the Potomac River, and Richmond and Hopewell on the James River. Worldwide export markets are served by the Port of Hampton Roads, the largest natural harbor in the world and the nation’s number one export harbor. Excellent seaport facilities are also available at Baltimore, Maryland, which is within 90 minutes of King George County.
Trucking and Delivery Services
King George County is located in a very competitive trucking market with more than 20 major lines authorized for interstate shipping. Delivery services such as: Airborne, Emery, Federal Express, Purolator and United Parcel Service serve regional airports and provide worldwide shipping.
Wireless: AT&T, Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile
Internet Service Provider: Metrocast
Newspapers: The Free Lance-Star, Fredericksburg (morning daily); The Journal, King George (weekly)
Radio: WFLS, WBQB, WGRX, WJYJ, WVBX, WGRQ, and WWED, all FM. Also receive Washington, D.C. and Richmond stations.
Television: Reception of stations from Metropolitan Washington, Richmond and Baltimore, including all major networks. Metrocast, DirecTV, and Dish Satellite provide cable access.
Parcel: Federal Express, UPS, U.S. Mail Express
For Further Information
King George County Department of Economic Development
10459 Courthouse Drive, Suite 200
King George, VA 22485
Phone: (540) 775-9181
Fax: (540) 775-5248
Dominion Economic Development
P.O. Box 26666
Richmond, VA 23261
Phone: (804) 771-4987
Fax: (804) 771-3782
Information for this profile was provided by King George County and published by Dominion Virginia Power.