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The town of Bridgewater is located in Rockingham County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Bridgewater, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1838.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bridgewater has a population of 6,150 people<2> (see below for details).

Bridgewater is 1,190 feet [363 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Bridgewater lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Bridgewater: (540)

The ZIP code for Bridgewater: 22812<4>

Websites for Bridgewater ...

Official Website:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bridgewater had an population of 6,150 people. This is an increase of 8.97% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 18.2% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bridgewater had a population of 5,644 people (which is 7.4% of the total population of Rockingham County). This makes Bridgewater the county's most populous community.

The population of Bridgewater represents 0.07% of the total population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 60th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 5,644 people, the population of Bridgewater increased 8.48% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 5,203 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bridgewater.

Communities Also Named Bridgewater ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 26 communities that are also named Bridgewater - they are located in Connecticut, Georgia, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Maine, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, New Hampshire, New Jersey, New York, North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio (3), Ontario (2), Pennsylvania (3), South Carolina, South Dakota and Vermont.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bridgewater.

Communities near Bridgewater ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bridgewater.

  • Harrisonburg
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northeast)
  • Staunton
    (17 miles [27.4 km] to the south)
  • Broadway
    (18 miles [29 km] to the northeast)
  • Elkton
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the east)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elkton
    • Elkton is located in Rockingham County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,914 people
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elkton <5>
  • Grottoes
    (11 miles [17.7 km] to the southeast)
  • Coakley Town
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Coakley Town have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Coakley Town
    • Coakley Town is located in Rockingham County
  • Ottobine
    (4 miles [6.4 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Ottobine
    • Ottobine is located in Rockingham County
  • Clover Hill
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Clover Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Clover Hill
    • Clover Hill is located in Rockingham County
  • Hinton
    (5 miles [8 km] to the north)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hinton
    • Hinton is located in Rockingham County
  • Briery Branch
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Briery Branch
    • Briery Branch is located in Rockingham County

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bridgewater. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bridgewater.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bridgewater. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bridgewater.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bridgewater. Our list includes 8 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bridgewater.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bridgewater ...

Looking for more information about Bridgewater? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bridgewater, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bridgewater.

Adding Bridgewater to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bridgewater in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Bridgewater was in the document titled List of Post Offices from Cameron Blevins and Richard Helbock.<7>

From that list, the Bridgewater post office opened in 1838.

We also found Bridgewater in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

For more details, see References and Mentions for Bridgewater.

The official website for Bridgewater:

The official website for Rockingham County:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Rockingham, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bridgewater.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bridgewater - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Bridgewater). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bridgewater or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:


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