Virginia's Historic Triangle, defined as the area encompassing the City of Williamsburg, James City County, and portions of York County (Bruton District, the Naval Weapons Station, and the Yorktown village), is located in the Virginia Coastal Plain on the peninsula formed by the James and York Rivers and the Chesapeake Bay. It is part of the Hampton Roads region and the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News VA NC Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA). This area has been dubbed the Historic Triangle because of its unique role in the founding of our nation. The western point of the triangle, Jamestown, located in James City County, was founded by the first settlers in 1607 and is the site of the first permanent English settlement and the first colonial government in America. Williamsburg, the northern point, served as Virginia's colonial capital during most of America's struggle for independence. The eastern point, Yorktown, where independence was won, is located in York County and is the site of the final major battle of the American Revolutionary War.DemographicsWith 207 square miles, the Historic Triangle occupies slightly over half the total land area (53%) of the Virginia Peninsula, which also includes lower York County and the Cities of Newport News, Hampton, and Poquoson. With 101,780 residents in 2015, the Historic Triangle represents one fifth of the Peninsula's total population of approximately 492,000. The population has grown by 45% since 2000. Over three quarters of this growth - 79% - took place in James City County, which now accounts for 72% of the Historic Triangle's population; Williamsburg and Upper York County/Yorktown account for 15% and 13% of the population respectively.

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Historic Triangle Demographic Data (charts and graphs)

Virginia's Historic Triangle: A Statistical Snapshot



James City County
Planning Division
101-A Mounts Bay Road
Williamsburg, VA 23187
Phone: (757) 253-6685
Fax: (757) 253-6822

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Planning Department

401 Lafayette Street
Williamsburg, VA 23185
Phone: (757) 220-6130
Fax: (757) 259-8050

York County Virginia
York County
Planning Division
224 Ballard Street
Yorktown, VA 23690
Phone: (757) 890-3404
Fax: (757) 890-3418