Colonial Heights, Virginia

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Colonial Heights, Virginia

Introduction to Colonial Heights, Virginia

Colonial Heights, Virginia is 19 miles S of Richmond, Virginia (center to center) and 79 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia. The city is included in the Richmond - Petersburg metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 16,897 people lived in Colonial Heights.

Colonial Heights History

The place now known as Colonial Heights was once part of the Algonquian-speaking confederacy known as Tenakomakah. It was then under the rule of Chief Powhatan. The region was made part of "Henrico Cittie", one of the four huge "incorporations" in the Virginia Colony. This was done by London Company in the year 1619. The community was named after the troops of Marquis de Lafayette, who were then known as the Colonials. The Colonials were stationed in this area during the Revolutionary War. Colonial Heights was incorporated as a town in Chesterfield County in 1926, and later as an independent city in the year 1948.

Colonial Heights and nearby Attractions

  • Petersburg National Battlefield
  • Violet Bank Museum
  • Pickwick Shopping Center
  • Swift Creek Lake
  • Berberich Park
  • Church of the Nazarene

Things To Do In Colonial Heights

The city of Colonial Heights provides easy access to a number of historical sites and museums. Among these are Petersburg National Battlefield, White House of the Confederacy, Violet Bank Museum, Flowerdew Hundred Museum, and Edgar Allan Poe Museum. One can also visit the industrial park and the public library in Colonial Heights. Swift Creek Lake, Lake View Lake, and Fleets Branch are beautiful bodies of water in the city. Pickwick Shopping Center, Town Hall Shopping Center, and Colonial Square Shopping Center are ideal for those who wish to take back souvenirs for their loved ones.

Colonial Heights Transportation

Richmond International Airport is close by.

Colonial Heights Higher Education

Opportunities for higher education are provided by Virginia State University, John Tyler Community College, and University of Richmond.

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High Points

Colonial Heights strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in Virginia):

Category Trophy
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 13% Colonial Heights Low Rate of Poverty
People in Middle Class or Better
(vs. State)
Top 13% Colonial Heights People in Middle Class or Better

Comparative Profile of Colonial Heights, Virginia

Comparing Colonial Heights to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in Virginia (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Senior Citizens 9 6
Age of the Population 8 6
Female Share of the Population 8 5
Well-Paid Single Women 7 9
Racial Diversity 6 5
Well-Paid Single Men 6 9
Male Share of the Population 3 6
Children Under 5 Years Old 2 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 5 8
Average Household Size 4 7


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People in Middle Class or Better 7 9
People Above Poverty 7 9
Median Family Income 6 9
College Educated Adults 5 6

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 6 6
Walking and Biking to Work 5 7
Public Transportation Use 2 4
Working at Home 2 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Affordability of Property Taxes 7 3
People Living Alone 6 3
Housing Recently Built 5 6
Affordability of Rents 4 2
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 4 3
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 2 3

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Colonial Heights Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 19 miles S of Richmond, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 79 miles NW of Virginia Beach, Virginia
Metro Area Richmond - Petersburg
Standard Zip Codes 23834
Phone Area Codes 804
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 37.28
Longitude -77.39

Colonial Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 6 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 50 F
Apr Temp 46 to 73 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 45.2 inches
Distance 22.8 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 47 F
Apr Temp 44 to 72 F
Jul Temp 66 to 91 F
Oct Temp 44 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47 inches
Distance 29.7 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45 inches
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Colonial Heights Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 16,897 100%
Male 7,901 46.8%
Female 8,996 53.2%
Under 18 3,815 22.6%
18+ 13,082 77.4%
65+ 3,144 18.6%
Median Age 39.9
Average Family Size 2.88
White 15,052 89.1%
African-American 1,059 6.3%
Asian 459 2.7%
American Indian & Alaskan 32 0.2%
Other 108 0.6%
Mixed Race 173 1%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 274 1.6%

Estimated Colonial Heights Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 17,567
Growth 670
Growth % 4%

Colonial Heights Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 20.3%
US/American 19.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 18.6%
German 12%
Irish 8.2%
Italian 3.7%
Scotch-Irish 2.7%
Scottish 2.5%
French (except Basque) 1.6%
European 1.3%
Dutch 1.3%
Polish 1%
Czech 0.9%
British 0.7%
Hungarian 0.6%
Welsh 0.5%
Sierra Leonean 0.4%
French Canadian 0.4%
Lebanese 0.3%
Norwegian 0.3%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Russian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Slovak 0.2%
Estonian 0.2%
Ghanian 0.2%
Swedish 0.2%
Australian 0.2%
Other Arab 0.2%
Ukrainian 0.2%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Colonial Heights 16,897 $51,806
Hopewell 22,354 $38,043
Mechanicsville 30,464 $62,209
Petersburg 33,740 $33,955
Richmond 197,790 $38,348
Stony Creek 202 $48,750

Colonial Heights Public Libraries

Colonial Heights Public Library
Colonial Heights, Virginia
(804) 520-9384
Library Web Site

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Wal-mart in Colonial Heights

(As of 2006)
671 Southpark Blvd
(804) 526-0844
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Colonial Heights High Schools (2004)

Serves 879 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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