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Overview

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.

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.

Demographics

People

Total Population17,554
Male Share of the Population46%
Female Share of the Population54%
Senior Citizens20.2%
Employed Population 16+7,745
Age of the Population41

Families

% of people married48.9%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher21.9%
Median Earnings25+$37,177
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$19,406
Median Earnings With High School Degree$35,766

Wealth

Median Family Income$62,708
% Above Poverty Level87.1%
% Below Poverty Level12.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home2.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work1.2%
% Using Public Transportation0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone31.3%
Median Gross Rent$965
Median House Value$166,800

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)28.8%
English13.4%
Irish9.1%
Italian4.2%
French Except Basque2.7%
Scottish2.5%
African1.5%
Arab1.2%
Dutch0.9%
Nigerian0.9%
Canadian0.8%
Polish0.4%
Hungarian0.4%
West Indian0.4%
US/American0.4%
Czech0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Welsh0.3%
Bulgarian0.3%
Iranian0.3%
Lebanese0.3%
Trinidad Tobago0.2%
Slovak0.2%
Turkish0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Austrian0.2%
German0.2%
Greek0.2%
Portuguese0.2%
Danishn0.1%
Jamaican0.1%
South African0.1%
Ukrainian0.1%
Swiss0.1%
Russian0.1%
Latvian0.1%
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Colonial Heights Almanac

CategoryValue
County Colonial Heights city
Standard Zip Codes23834
Phone Area Codes
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude37.26
Approximate Longitude-77.39

Colonial Heights Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationHOPEWELL
Distance6 miles
Jan Temp29 to 50 F
Apr Temp46 to 73 F
Jul Temp68 to 91 F
Oct Temp49 to 74 F
Annual Precip45.2 inches
StationSTONY CREEK 1 E
Distance22.8 miles
Jan Temp27 to 47 F
Apr Temp44 to 72 F
Jul Temp66 to 91 F
Oct Temp44 to 71 F
Annual Precip47 inches
StationWAKEFIELD 1 NW
Distance29.7 miles
Jan Temp29 to 49 F
Apr Temp45 to 70 F
Jul Temp68 to 89 F
Oct Temp47 to 72 F
Annual Precip45 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Hopewell22,332$50,828
Mechanicsville37,201$88,039
Petersburg31,997$39,705
Richmond216,773$52,120
Stony Creek122$63,125

Colonial Heights Public Libraries

Colonial Heights Public Library
1000 YACHT BASIN DRIVE
Colonial Heights, Virginia
(804) 520-9384

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Colonial Heights Hospitals

Colonial Heights Ambulatory Surgery Center
930 South Avenue, Ste. 2
(804) 520-8272

Colonial Heights Public Schools

Colonial Heights High
3600 Conduit Rd
ZIP: 23834
(804) 524-3405
High
Total Enrollment 881
Colonial Heights Middle
500 Conduit Rd
ZIP: 23834
(804) 524-3420
Middle
Total Enrollment 710
Colonial Heights Tech Ctr
3451 Conduit Road
ZIP: 23834
(804) 524-3405
Lakeview Elem
401 Taswell Ave
ZIP: 23834
(804) 524-3435
Primary
Total Enrollment 361
Marguerite F Christian Elem
14801 Woods Edge Rd.
ZIP: 23834
(804) 530-5733
Primary
Total Enrollment 630
North Elem
3201 Dale Ave
ZIP: 23834
(804) 524-3430
Primary
Total Enrollment 305
Tussing Elem
5501 Conduit Rd
ZIP: 23834
(804) 524-3440
Primary
Total Enrollment 569
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