About New Kent County

Quick Facts About Our Community

  • 66% of the county is covered in pine and hardwood trees
  • 212 square miles of land and water
  • Abundant recreational activities including hunting, fishing, boating, nature trails, golf, team sports, and pari-mutuel horse racing
  • At the federal level, New Kent County is completely within the 1st Congressional District
  • At the state level, the county is entirely in the 26th Senatorial District and in the 60th and 71st Districts of the House of Delegates
  • Cable television and high speed internet available in some areas
  • County water and sewer service is available in some areas, including the four Interstate 64 interchanges, Bottoms Bridge, and along the Route 33 industrial corridor
  • Daily and weekly newspapers
  • Digital telephone service
  • Electricity supplied by Dominion Energy with three-phase service available to industrial sites
  • Natural gas service available in selected areas and supplied by Virginia Natural Gas
  • The county was formed in 1654, by the House of Burgesses when it was carved from what was then York County
  • Governed by a five-member Board of Supervisors, with daily operations handled by a county administrator
  • Located in the coastal plain, consisting mostly of flat land with some rolling hills; average elevation is 80 feet above sea level
  • One high school, one middle school, and three elementary schools
  • Recognized as the #1 fastest growing locality in Virginia. Between 2010 and 2020, New Kent's population grew by almost 5,000, an increase of 26.5%.
  • Population of 22,945 (2020 Census)
  • Protected by emergency 911 service, the Sheriff’s Office, paid and volunteer fire and rescue squads, and full-time patrolling state troopers
  • Richmond International Airport is only 10 minutes away, Newport News-Williamsburg International Airport is 30 minutes away, and Norfolk International Airport is just 60 minutes; locally, New Kent General Aviation Airport supports corporate, private, and hobbyist aircraft
  • Served by a five-member elected School Board and elected constitutional officers
  • Weather Highlights
    Summer High: the July high is around 90 degrees
    Winter Low: the January low is 27
    Rain: averages 44 inches of rain a year
    Snow: averages 10 inches of snow a year