Prince William County is located along the Potomac River and is the second-most populous county in the Commonwealth of Virginia, with a population of 402,002 as of the 2010 census. It has the distinction of being the first minority-majority county in Virginia, with Hispanic, African-American, and Asian being the dominant groups.

A Brief History

Prince William County was created by an act of the General Assembly of the colony of Virginia in 1731. The county was named after Prince William, Duke of Cumberland, the third son of King George II.

The county was rural and agricultural for decades, however, the 1930s brought about a large suburban population that was attracted to new housing near population centers, particularly in Manassas.


Prince William County Public Schools is the second largest public school system in Virginia, comprised of 57 elementary, 16 middle and 12 high schools. Prince William is also home to Northern Virginia Community College, George Mason University, Stratford University, Strayer University and the University of Northern Virginia.

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