Situated in the scenic northern Shenandoah Valley of Virginia, Shenandoah County is 34 miles long, an average of 16 miles wide, and contains a land area of 512 square miles. Shenandoah County, formed May 15, 1772, is home to six incorporated towns —Edinburg, Mount Jackson, New Market, Strasburg, Toms Brook, and Woodstock — as well as over 100 unincorporated communities. Shenandoah County is served by the parallel routes of the Old Valley Pike (U.S. Route 11) and Interstate I-81, which run its length, and the I-81 intersection with I-66, which runs east to Washington, D.C. is just a short distance north of the County line.
With over 26% of the County covered in National Forest, including over 178 miles of trails and 30 miles of streams feeding the Shenandoah River, Shenandoah County has an abundance of diverse outdoor recreational amenities and attractions. Shenandoah County is also steeped rich in history with many community museums, battlefields, and historic sites located throughout the County. Shenandoah County also has an expansive array of restaurants, wineries, breweries, and cideries as well as farms, markets, shops, and country stores.
Shenandoah County has a 2020 population of approximately 44,200 residents, the median age is 44.7, and the per capita personal income is $46,680.
Shenandoah County operates under the traditional Board-Administrator form of government. The County has six magisterial districts with each district represented by an elected Board of Supervisor member. The six-member Board appoints the County Administrator.
Shenandoah County provides a wide range of services to residents and businesses, including public safety, education, judicial administration, parks and recreation, library, solid waste, water and sewer, planning, zoning, and building safety, and health and human services.