At the time of its founding in 1727, Goochland was a frontier area and offered a natural setting for large plantations and country estates. Goochland County today has the same appeal with its lush rural landscape of rolling hills in the beautiful James River Valley.
Goochland's population of 18,000 residents has a county government whose careful planning has allowed a high level of development while maintaining its country charm that sets is apart from neighboring counties. There are multi-million dollar estates as well as subdivision and other properties for starter homes. Its public school student/teacher ratio is uncommonly low, and many private schools are a short drive away. The J. Sargeant Reynolds Community College western campus, located on a 100-acre tract in Goochland's Courthouse area, offers highly specialized programs in agricultural and mechanical academics as well as liberal arts, business administration, and management degree programs.
Just over 100 miles south of Washington, D.C., 28 miles east of Charlottesville, and 6 miles west of Richmond, Goochland is part of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area. The tradition of managed growth continues as major high-quality companies discover Goochland to be well located with its expedient access to major highways and convenience to rail and air systems. And families are quick to call Goochland home for its rural charm and excellent quality of life, free of the hustle of city and suburban traffic but convenient to everything the metropolitan area has to offer. There really is something for everyone in Goochland County.