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Mechanicsville, Virginia

  •   State: 
    Hanover County
      County FIPS: 
    37°36′14″N 77°22′20″W
      Area total: 
    28.4 sq mi (73.6 km²)
      Area land: 
    28.3 sq mi (73.3 km²)
      Area water: 
    0.1 sq mi (0.3 km²)
    180 ft (50 m)
  •   Latitude: 
      Dman name cbsa: 
    Richmond, VA
    Eastern Standard Time (EST) UTC-5:00; Eastern Daylight Time (EDT) UTC-4:00
      ZIP codes: 

    Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia, United States

  •   Population: 
      Population density: 
    1,393.4 residents per square mile of area (538.0/km²)
      Household income: 
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Mechanicsville is an unincorporated area and census-designated place (CDP) in Hanover County, Virginia, United States. The population was 36,348 during the 2010 census, up from 30,464 at the 2000 census. The area was settled by English colonists starting in the 17th century. Rural Plains, also known as Shelton House, is a structure built in 1670 and lived in by male Sheltons until 2006. Located in the northern part of the Mechanicsville CDP, it is now owned and operated by the National Park Service as one of the sites of the Richmond National Battlefield Park. The CDP also includes the neighborhoods or named places of Pearsons Corner, Oak Forest, Kings Charter Point, Rural Point, Mayfield Farms, Carneals Store, Newman Green, Spring Meadows, Windy Estates, Ellerson Mill, and Windy Corner. The southern part of Mechanicsville is drained by the James River, flowing to the Pamunkey River. The northern part is drained to the Chickahominy River by tributaries of the James. A small portion of the battlefield in the southeast part. of the CDP has been preserved as part of Richmond National. Battlefield Park, a park area administered by theNational Park Service. A stone windmill, now a landmark in the area, was constructed as a Heritage Bank branch office in the 1970s. It was restored and enlarged by a new bank occupancy in 2007-2008, and is decorative and driven by an electric motor.


Mechanicsville is the primary city name, but also Mechanicsvlle are acceptable city names or spellings. The official name is Mechanicsville, Virginia. Mechanicsville, and the surrounding area, was the site of numerous battles during the American Civil War. Rural Plains, also known as Shelton House, is a structure built in 1670 and lived in by male Sheltons until 2006. The Battle of Gaines' Mill was the third of the Seven Days Battles, occurring farther east of Mechanicsville. The area identified as part of the battlefield for "Second Cold Harbor" stretches from near the intersection of Walnut Grove Road and Mechanicsville Turnpike to "Turkey Hill" near the Rt. 156 crossing of the Chickahominy River. The building was constructed as a Heritage Bank branch office in the 1970s. In 2007-2008, it was restored and enlarged by a new bank occupancy. A stone windmill, now a landmark in the area, is decorative and driven by an electric motor. An area of the Battlefield which saw heavy casualties and a nearby post-war National cemetery are preserved as historic monuments. The site of the Battle of Cold Harbor, the final battle of Union Lieut. Gen. Ulysses S. Grant's 1864 Overland Campaign, is now part of Richmond National Battlefield Park. It is now owned and operated by the National Park Service as one of the sites of the Richmond National battlefield Park. In addition to rural Plains, Clover Lea, Cold Harbor National Cemetery, Cool Well, Hanover Meeting House, Han over Town, Immanuel Episcopal Church, Laurel Meadow, Locust Hill, Oak Forest, Oakley Hill, Selwyn, and Spring Green are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Mechanicsville comprises the western portion of Hanover County's southern extension, north of the Chickahominy River. The CDP also includes the neighborhoods or named places of Pearsons Corner, Oak Forest, Kings Charter, Rural Point, Borkeys Store, Burnside Farms, Mayfield Farms, Carneals Store, Pole Green, Newman, Dogwood Knoll, Spring Meadows, Windy Hill Estates, Ellerson Mill, and Simpkins Corner. The original rural hamlet of Mechanicsville is in the southwest part of the CDP along US 360, just southwest of I-295 Exit 37. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Mechanicsville CDP has a total area of 28.4 square miles (73.6 km²), of which 28.3 square miles [73.3 km²] are land and 0.1 sq mi (0.42 km²) is water. The southern part of this CDP is drained by the ChickAHOMiny River and its tributaries, flowing to the James River, while the northern part is drained to the Pamunkey River, in the York River watershed. The closest point to the city limits of Richmond, Virginia, is less than two miles from the center of the town. The nearest town to the Henrico County line is Tappahannock, 40 miles (64 km) to the north, and the closest town to Richmond is Bowling Green, 29 miles (47 km) away.


As of the census of 2000, there were 30,464 people, 11,607 households, and 8,832 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,073.3 people per square mile (414.5/km²). There were 11,915 housing units at an average density of 419.8/sq mi (162.1/ km²) The racial makeup of the town was 90.80% White, 6.40% African American, 0.43% Native American, and 0.90% Asian. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.18% of the population. The town's median income was $57,032, and the median income for a family was $62,209. In the 23116 zip code, however, the Median income is $107,000. 3.3% of residents and 2.8% of families were below the poverty line. The CDP is home to the U.S. Army National Guard and the New York Army Air National Guard. The U.N. has a presence in the town, including a military base, a naval base, and a military air base. It is also home to a number of non-profit organizations, such as the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Institute of Mental Health. The city's name is derived from the French word for "people" or "people's rights" or, in English, "the rights of the people".

Notable residents

Willie Adler, guitarist for Lamb of God. Akidearest, anime YouTuber. Lucy Dacus, singer/songwriter. Wes Freed, artist and musician. Jock Jones, NFL Linebacker. Tim Menzies, singers/songwriters. Jason Mraz, Mary Ann Redmond, Sam Rogers, Stacy Tutt. Matt Taylor, bassist in the band Motion City Soundtrack. Billy Parker, Arena Football League defensive specialist for the New York Dragons. Zuriel Smith, former New England Patriots wide receiver. Tony Thaxton, drummer in the bands Motion CitySoundtrack. Sam Tutt, NFL fullback for the Atlanta Falcons. Joe Flammio, NFL linebacker for the Philadelphia Eagles. Sam Rogers of the Seattle Seahawks of the National Football League of America of America and the San Francisco 49ers of the American Football Association of America. Mike Downey of the San Diego Chargers of the NFL of the NFC East of the AFC East. Mike Smith of the Los Angeles Raiders of the AFL of the East of Europe of the North America of the South of Europe and the NFC West of the Europe of North America. Joe Tutt of the Chicago Bears of the League of American Football and the NFL East of South of England of the United States of America, the NFL's top-ranked team in the East Coast division, as well as the NFL West of South and South of the West, in the NFL and the AFL East of North and South, among others.

Air Quality, Water Quality, Superfund Sites & UV Index

The Air Quality index is in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia = 38.5. These Air Quality index is based on annual reports from the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The number of ozone alert days is used as an indicator of air quality, as are the amounts of seven pollutants including particulates, carbon monoxide, sulfur dioxide, lead, and volatile organic chemicals. The Water Quality Index is 80. A measure of the quality of an area’s water supply as rated by the EPA. Higher values are better (100=best). The EPA has a complex method of measuring the watershed quality, using 15 indicators such as pollutants, turbidity, sediments, and toxic discharges. The Superfund Sites Index is 61. Higher is better (100=best). Based upon the number and impact of EPA Superfund pollution sites in the county, including spending on the cleanup efforts. The UV Index in Mechanicsville = 4.4 and is a measure of an area's exposure to the sun's ultraviolet rays. This is most often a combination of sunny weather, altitude, and latitude. The UV Index has been defined by the WHO ( and is uniform worldwide.


The most recent city population of 2,213 individuals with a median age of 39 age the population grows by 15.21% in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia population since 2000 and are distributed over a density of 1,393.4 residents per square mile of area (538.0/km²). There are average 2.58 people per household in the 13,557 households with an average household income of $69,638 a year. The unemployment rate in Alabama is 6.20% of the available work force and has dropped -3.52% over the most recent 12-month period and the projected change in job supply over the next decade based on migration patterns, economic growth, and other factors will increase by 26.76%. The number of physicians in Mechanicsville per 100,000 population = 146.9.


The annual rainfall in Mechanicsville = 43.4 inches and the annual snowfall = 13.6 inches. The annual number of days with measurable precipitation (over .01 inch) = 113. The average number of days per year that are predominantly sunny = 204. 89 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily high temperature for the month of July and 27.5 degrees Fahrenheit is the average daily low temperature for the month of January. The Comfort Index (higher=better) is 42, where higher values mean a more pleasant climate. The Comfort Index measure recognizes that humidity by itself isn't the problem. (Have you noticed nobody ever complains about the weather being 'cold and humid?) It's in the summertime that we notice the humidity the most, when it's hot and muggy. Our Comfort Index uses a combination of afternoon summer temperature and humidity to closely predict the effect that the humidity will have on people.

Median Home Cost

The percentage of housing units in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia which are owned by the occupant = 79.82%. A housing unit is a house, apartment, mobile home, or room occupied as separate living quarters. The average age of homes = 21 years with median home cost = $204,440 and home appreciation of -6.63%. This is the value of the years most recent home sales data. Its important to note that this is not the average (or arithmetic mean). The median home price is the middle value when you arrange all the sales prices of homes from lowest to highest. This is a better indicator than the average, because the median is not changed as much by a few unusually high or low values. The property tax rate of $6.41 shown here is the rate per $1,000 of home value. If for simplification for example the tax rate is $14.00 and the home value is $250,000, the property tax would be $14.00 x ($250,000/1000), or $3500. This is the 'effective' tax rate.


The local school district spends $5,269 per student. There are 12.8 students for each teacher in the school, 457 students for each Librarian and 400 students for each Counselor. 6.56% of the area’s population over the age of 25 with an Associate Degree or other 2-year college degree, 19.01% with a master’s degree, Ph.D. or other advanced college degree and 6.75% with high school diplomas or high school equivalency degrees (GEDs).

  • Mechanicsville's population in Hanover County, Virginia of 9,375 residents in 1930 has dropped 0,24-fold to 2,213 residents after 120 years, according to the official 2020 census.

    Approximately 51.63% female residents and 48.37% male residents live in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia.

    As of 2020 in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia are married and the remaining 32.44% are single population.

  • 25.2 minutes is the average time that residents in Mechanicsville require for a one-way commute to work. A long commute can have different effects on health. A Gallup poll in the US found that in terms of mental health, long haul commuters are up to 12 percent more likely to experience worry, and ten percent less likely to feel well rested. The Gallup poll also found that of people who commute 61­–90 minutes each day, a whopping one third complained of neck and back pain, compared to less than a quarter of people who only spend ten minutes getting to work.

    88.76% of the working population which commute to work alone in their car, 7.51% of the working population which commutes to work in a carpool, 0.06% of the population that commutes using mass transit, including bus, light rail, subway, and ferry. 2.46% of the population that has their home as their principal place of work.

  • Of the total residential buildings in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia, 79.82% are owner-occupied homes, another 16.96% are rented apartments, and the remaining 3.22% are vacant.

  • The 45.68% of the population in Mechanicsville, Hanover County, Virginia who identify themselves as belonging to a religion are distributed among the following most diverse religions.

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