Chesterfield County is a county located just south of Richmond in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The county's borders are primarily defined by the James River to the north and the Appomattox River to the south. Its county seat is Chesterfield Court House. Chesterfield County was formed in 1749 from parts of Henrico County. It was named for Philip Stanhope, 4th Earl of Chesterfield, a prominent English statesman who had been the Lord Lieutenant of Ireland.
In May 2004, Chesterfield was named the "17th Best Place to Live in America" by the American City Business Journals.
In 2013, Chesterfield County received 9 achievement awards from the National Association of Counties. NACo's membership includes more than 2,000 counties nationwide, representing more than 80 percent of the nation's population. The awards were for: Automation of the Land Use Program; Building Common Ground – Civic Engagement at CCPL (Chesterfield County Public Libraries); C-Fit Farmer's Market; Enhancing Customer Service Through Technology, Flexibility, and Efficiency; Families Understanding Numbers @ CCPL; Nutrient-Reduction and Cost-Recovery Program; Open House for Student Success; Rain Garden Resources Program; and Volunteer Program Enhancements – A New Direction in Changing Economic Time.
Chesterfield County is also noted as the home town of NASCAR superstar Denny Hamlin, a graduate of Manchester High School. He spent years racing at many local short tracks, including Southside Speedway in Midlothian, Virginia. He still comes home to Virginia to large support regularly in the NASCAR Cup Series, with races in both Richmond and Martinsville. With regards to the latter, he has won 5 races there in his 11-year Cup career, making him the third most successful driver at the track behind Jimmie Johnson (9) and Richard Petty (15).
Chesterfield County Public Schools is the local school system, and has received the U.S. Department of Education's Blue Ribbon Award.
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Public & Private Institutions Of Learning
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