Colonial Heights

Colonial HeightsThe City of Colonial Heights is situated on the Appomattox River and on I‑95 near the intersection of two other interstate highways. The “colonial” in the city’s name is not random as the city’s history dates back to before the American Revolution and served as a key headquarters location during the Civil War. The city also serves as the retail core of the region as it’s home to Southpark Mall and the surrounding retail destinations, combined with the vital commercial corridor on U.S. Route 1 between Richmond and Petersburg. The central location enables its retail importance and its residents to access the full extent of employment opportunities in the region. In recent years, the completion of the Appomattox River Trail has added an exciting community outdoors asset.

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At A Glance

% of People with Bachelor Degrees
City Civilian Labor Force
City Unemployment Rate
Median Household Income


2010 2015 Change 2020 Projection
17,472 17,515 0.25% 17,008

Utility Providers


Type Assessment Ratio Nominal Tax Rate
Non-Manufacturer’s Personal Property 60% year 1, reduced by 10%/year $3.50
Machinery & Tools 90% year 1, reduced by 10%/year (min. 20%) $2.00
Real Estate 100% $1.20

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Political Representation

U.S. Congress

  • A. Donald McEachin, D, 4th

Virginia House of Delegates

  • Kirkland Cox, R, 66th

Virginia Senate

  • Amanda F. Chase, R, 11th

Sources: U.S. Census Bureau’s 2011–2015 American Community Survey (December 2016), Weldon Cooper Center’s Virginia Population Projections (March 2017), Virginia Department of Education, Virginia Economic Development Partnership’s 2016–2017 Guide to Local Business Taxes.