Henrico County, Virginia is part of the Richmond metropolitan area. Although Richmond itself is an independent city and not a part of the county, the county seat for Henrico is in Richmond. A five-member Board of Supervisors manages the county government. The website for Henrico County’s government is http://www.co.henrico.va.us/. Emergency services such as police and fire departments are reached by dialing 911 from any telephone. The county government maintains a number of services, including libraries and park systems. Commercial interests are addressed by the Chamber of Commerce. Their website is http://www.grcc.com/ and the Chamber serves the greater Richmond area.
Water, sewer, and refuse collection services are also maintained directly with the county. Water and sewer services are mandatory, while refuse collection is optional but recommended. The primary provider of electric services in the county is Dominion Virginia Power. Their website is https://www.dom.com/dominion-virginia-power/index.jsp and new service is scheduled using the website. Telephone service is provided by Verizon and cable television service is provided by Comcast. Verizon’s website is http://verizon.com and Comcast’s website is http://www.comcast.com. Both of these companies also offer high-speed Internet access for residential and commercial customers.
There were 262,300 people in Henrico County at the time of the 2000 Census, out of 1,200,000 people in the Richmond-Petersburg Metropolitan Area. Approximately 70% of the residents of Henrico County are White. 25% are Black, and other races make up the other 5%. 29% of the residents live by themselves and 8.5% of households have a senior citizen. The median income for households in the county was over $49,000, and 6.2% of the population lives below the poverty line.
Henrico County residents looking to keep up with local news have a number of options. Since Henrico is a part of the Richmond area, television and radio stations in the Richmond market are the primary media outlets in the county. Major television channels used in Richmond are 6, 8, 12, 23, and 35. Dozens of AM and FM radio stations are also used. Similarly, the Richmond Times-Dispatch is the newspaper of record for Henrico County. The website for the newspaper is http://www.timesdispatch.com/.