Short Pump, Virginia

Short Pump, Virginia
Census-designated place

Location of Short Pump, Virginia

Richmond is often subdivided into North Side, Southside, East End and West End. Short Pump is in Richmond's "Far West End."
Coordinates: 37°39′43″N 77°37′36″W / 37.66194°N 77.62667°W / 37.66194; -77.62667Coordinates: 37°39′43″N 77°37′36″W / 37.66194°N 77.62667°W / 37.66194; -77.62667
Country  United States of America
State  Virginia
County Henrico
  Total 9.1 sq mi (23.5 km2)
  Land 9.0 sq mi (23.2 km2)
  Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
Elevation 312 ft (95 m)
Population (2010)
  Total 24,729
  Density 2,700/sq mi (1,100/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
  Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 51-72272[1]
GNIS feature ID 1495125[2]

Short Pump is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henrico County, Virginia, United States. The population was 24,729 at the 2010 census.[3]

The original village of Short Pump is located at the intersection of Three Chopt Road (formerly known as Three Notched Trail), Richmond Turnpike and Pouncey Tract Road. It was named for the short handled pump that was located beneath the porch of a tavern located there. The tavern was built by Robert Hyde Saunders, a Revolutionary War veteran in 1815.[4] This area was on the principal route between Richmond and Charlottesville, as well as other towns in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Thomas Jefferson,[5] the Earl Cornwallis, the Marquis de Lafayette, General Peter Muhlenberg, Stonewall Jackson and Ulric Dahlgren all visited this area.

The crossroads was officially named Short Pump by 1853, according to a Henrico County map found in the Virginia Historical Society.[6]

Short Pump's population has greatly increased in recent years due to its proximity to Richmond. It has now become part of Richmond's Far West End. In 2003, developers opened Short Pump Town Center, a 1,200,000-square-foot (110,000 m2) open air shopping mall. The mall has now been joined by other massive shopping and living spaces, most notably West Broad Village[7]

Short Pump has many shopping centers and upscale restaurants. There is also a skating rink, bowling alley and many neighborhoods under development. The city is an affluent edge city of Richmond.


Short Pump is located at 37°39′43″N 77°37′36″W / 37.66194°N 77.62667°W / 37.66194; -77.62667 (37.661809, -77.626635).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.1 square miles (23.5 km2), of which 9.0 square miles (23.2 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.33%, is water.[9] Short Pump is bordered to the west by Goochland County, to the north by the Wyndham CDP, to the east by the Innsbrook CDP, and to the south by non-CDP land and by Tuckahoe.[9]


At the 2010 census,[1] there were 24,729 people, 9,217 households and 6,483 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 76.7 per square mile (29.6/km²). There were 77 housing units at an average density of 32.5/sq mi (12.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 75.0% White, 5.70% African-American, 15.9% Asian, and 3.2% Hispanic or Latino.

There were 9,217 households of which 31.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.3% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.30.

26.9% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.0% from 18 to 24, 33.5% from 25 to 44, 18.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.4% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median household income was $105,300 and the median family income was $117,995. The per capita income for the CDP was $46,047. 4.1% of the population lived below the poverty line.


Elementary schools




Recently[10] constructed West Broad Village contains several places to eat, shop and play. The new "village" contains stores such as REI, Home Goods, Whole Foods, Trader Joes, and many more. The restaurants include Keagan's Irish Pub, The Halligan Bar & Grill, Kona Grill, Burger Bach, Jimmy Johns, Longhorn Steakhouse, Bonefish Grill, Carolina Ale House and The Wine Loft.

Down Broad Street from West Broad Village is Bowl America, located off Pouncey Tract, Regal Cinemas Short Pump, a fourteen-screen movie theater, and SkateNation Plus.

Located in Short Pump Town Center, The Funny Bone Comedy Club features a well-known comedian once a month along with local acts, improv nights, open mic nights, and other special events. Also in Short Pump Town Center are several upscale restaurants and stores including Firebirds, Maggiano's, The Cheesecake Factory, Nordstrom, Pottery Barn, Crate and Barrel. A new 4-Diamond, Hilton Hotel & Spa opened adjacent to Short Pump Town Center with a full-service spa and Shula's America's Steak House.

Neighborhoods in Short Pump

The boundaries of the Short Pump CDP start on the west at the Goochland County/Henrico County line, then proceed east on Kain Road to Pouncey Tract Road (Virginia State Route 271); north on Pouncey Tract Road to Shady Grove Road; east, then north, on Shady Grove Road to Nuckols Road; southeast and south on Nuckols Road to Interstate 295; southwest on I-295 to Interstate 64; southeast on I-64 to Cox Road; southwest on Cox Road to Three Chopt Road where Cox Road becomes Church Road; southwest, then west, on Church Road to Lauderdale Drive; southwest on Lauderdale Drive to Causeway Drive; northwest on Causeway Drive to its crossing of Wilde Lake; southwest through the center of Wilde Lake to its outlet, Harding Branch; westward down Harding Branch to its outlet at Tuckahoe Creek, which is the Goochland/Henrico County line; then north on the county line back to Kain Road.[9]

Short Pump has several individual neighborhoods:


  1. 1 2 "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Short Pump CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  4. Dickerson, Trevor (June 17, 2009). "It Was Truly a Short Pump". Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  5. Dickerson, Trevor (June 17, 2009). "It Truly Was a Short Pump". Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  6. Dickerson, Trevor (July 17, 2009). "It Truly Was a Short Pump". Richmond Times Dispatch. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  7. Lappas, Tom (February 2, 2011). "Mall Helped Solidify Short Pump's Status". Henrico Citizen. Retrieved March 25, 2015.
  8. "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. 1 2 3 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Short Pump CDP, Virginia". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved August 6, 2012.
  10. "Short Pump Town Center". Short Pump Town Center. 2011-11-04. Retrieved 2014-04-23. — Short Pump Lost Architecture (2015). Henrico County Historical Society

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