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Falmouth, Virginia

Falmouth is an unincorporated place located in Stafford County, Virginia. Situated on the north bank of the Rappahannock River at the falls, the community is north of and opposite the city of Fredericksburg. Recognized by the U.S. Census Bureau as a census designated place (CDP), Falmouth had a total population of 3,624 as of the 2000 census.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics


Founded in 1728 by the same act of the Virginia Assembly that established neighboring Fredericksburg, Falmouth was created as a port town on the Rappahannock to serve inhabitants living north of the river within the vast Northern Neck holdings of Lord Fairfax. His agent, Robert "King" Carter, promoted the establishment of the town, and the Carter family played a dominant role in the town's development throughout much of the colonial period. Originally located within King George County, Falmouth became part of Stafford County when county lines were redrawn in 1776.

During the American Civil War, Falmouth was occupied by Union forces in 1862 and 1863, and Northern commanders located their headquarters southeast of the town during the Fredericksburg and Chancellorsville campaigns. In May 1864, Union wounded and Confederate prisoners from the battles of the Wilderness and Spotsylvania Court House were transported through the area to the wharves at Belle Plain on Potomac Creek, a tributary of the Potomac River, located east of Falmouth.

Today Falmouth is a residential community and a suburb of Fredericksburg. Among the community's significant historic structures is Belmont, the home of American artist Gari Melchers, now a historic house museum administered by Mary Washington College. Chatham Manor, the 1771 home of William Fitzhugh and a Union headquarters during the Civil War, is located downstream from Falmouth, opposite the historic district of Fredericksburg. It is administered by the National Park Service as part of Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania County Battlefields Memorial National Military Park and now serves as park headquarters.


Falmouth is located at 38°19'54" North, 77°27'41" West (38.331790, -77.461361)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Falmouth has a total area of 8.4 km² (3.2 mi²). 8.1 km² (3.1 mi²) of it is land and 0.3 km² (0.1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 3.09% water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 3,624 people, 1,323 households, and 997 families residing in the CDP. The population density is 445.6/km² (1,155.6/mi²). There are 1,412 housing units at an average density of 173.6/km² (450.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the CDP is 89.29% White, 6.46% African American, 0.22% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.61% from other races, and 2.35% from two or more races. 2.15% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 1,323 households out of which 35.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.5% are married couples living together, 11.9% have a female householder with no husband present, and 24.6% are non-families. 18.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.7% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.68 and the average family size is 3.03.

In the CDP the population is spread out with 26.2% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.3 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP is $57,697, and the median income for a family is $66,989. Males have a median income of $39,280 versus $31,202 for females. The per capita income for the CDP is $25,544. 7.3% of the population and 5.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.6% are under the age of 18 and 0.0% are 65 or older.