Cities in Virginia

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This page contains a list of cities in Virginia, and other information about local governments.

Virginia allows municipal charter cities and counties. There are 95 total counties in Virginia. Of those 95:[1]

There are 229 total municipalities (incorporated cities and towns) in Virginia. All 229 are governed under a state granted charter.[1]

Types of local government

Local government in Virginia consists of:

  • 95 counties, of which 3 have charters.
  • 229 incorporated cities and towns, all of which operate under a state granted charter.
  • In addition, there are 172 special districts and 1 independent school district.[2]

Laws governing local ballot measures

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in Virginia

The initiative process is available in the 4 of the 229 Virginia charter municipalities which have exercised their home rule authority to institute such a process. They are Hampton, Lynchburg, Norfolk, and Portsmouth[1][3]

10 most populated cities

List of Most Populated Cities in Virginia
City[4] Population City Type Next election
Virginia Beach 442,707 Charter N/A
Norfolk 242,628 Charter N/A
Chesapeake 225,050 Charter N/A
Richmond 205,533 Charter N/A
Newport News 179,611 Charter N/A
Alexandria 144,301 Charter N/A
Hampton 136,401 Charter N/A
Roanoke 96,714 Charter N/A
Portsmouth 95,684 Charter N/A
Suffolk 84,930 Charter N/A

Full List of Cities

A guide to local ballot initiatives
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As of the 2010 Census, there are 229 incorporated cities and towns in Virginia. Population figures below are based on the updated estimates as of July 1, 2011.[5]

See also