General Information

Population: 15,000

Size: 174 square miles (111,360 acres)

Location: We are just 60 miles west of Washington, DC in the Northern Shenandoah Valley. Interstate 81 is 10 minutes west of Berryville and Dulles International airport is less tlhan 40 minutes away to our east.

The Blue Ridge Mountains separates Clarke County from Loudoun County.

The Shenandoah River follows along the foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains in Clarke County.

County Business License Fee: $30 annually, regardless of the size or type of business or it’s gross income.

Berryville Business License Fee: License fee is based on gross receipts (BPOL) that is generally 50%-60% less than all our surrounding localities.

County Fiscal Condition: Only 7 counties out of 95 in the State of Virginia had a more favorable “composite fiscal stress” ranking than Clarke County.

Average County Wage (2008): $33,259

High Speed Internet:  Berryville is fully serviced for high speed internet. Although, most of the County does not have access to cable or fiber optic, satellite technology and small start up companies providing connectivity are now capable of providing the high speed service required for today’s businesses.

General Tax Information

Tax Rates are Maintained and Posted on the Clarke County Government Website by the Commissioner of Revenue

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Contact Information

If you are planning to locate or expand your business in Clarke County or Berryville please contact the following persons in the jurisdiction of your specific needs:

Clarke County:

Economic Developer – Felicia Hart (540-955-5107)
Senior Planner / Zoning Administrator – Ryan Fincham (540-955-5131)
Director of Planning – Brandon Stidham (540-955-5130)


Planning and Zoning – Christy Dunkle (540-955-4081)