Manassas, Virginia

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Manassas, Virginia
Independent city
City of Manassas
View of downtown Manassas looking east on Center Street.
View of downtown Manassas looking east on Center Street.
Flag of Manassas, Virginia
Official seal of Manassas, Virginia
Manassas is located in Northern Virginia
Manassas is located in Virginia
Manassas is located in the US
Coordinates: 38°45′5″N 77°28′35″W / 38°45′5″N 77°28′35″W / 38.75139; -77.47639
Country  United States of America
State   Virginia
County None ( Independent city)
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Mayor Harry J. (Hal) Parrish II
 •  City Manager W. Patrick Pate
 • Vice Mayor Marc Aveni
 •  City Council
 • Total 26 km2 (9.9 sq mi)
 • Land 26 km2 (9.9 sq mi)
 • Water 0.3 km2 (0.1 sq mi)
Elevation 93 m (305 ft)
Population (2013)
 • Total 41,705
 • Density 1,478/km2 (3,828/sq mi)
Time zone EST ( UTC-5)
 • Summer ( DST) EDT ( UTC-4)
ZIP codes 20108 (PO Box Only), and 20110 [1]
Area code(s) 703, 571
FIPS code 51-48952 [2]
GNIS feature ID 1498512 [3]

Manassas (formerly Manassas Junction) [4] is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 37,821. [5] The city borders Prince William County, the independent city of Manassas Park, and Fairfax County. The Bureau of Economic Analysis includes both Manassas and Manassas Park with Prince William County for statistical purposes.

Manassas also serves as the seat of Prince William County. It surrounds the 38-acre (150,000 m2) county courthouse, but that county property is not part of the city. The City of Manassas has several important historic sites from the period 1850–1870.

The City of Manassas is part of the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area and it is situated in the Northern Virginia region.


In July 1861, the First Battle of Manassas – also known as the First Battle of Bull Run – the first major land battle of the American Civil War, was fought nearby. Manassas commemorated the 150th anniversary of the First Battle of Manassas during July 21–24, 2011. [6]

Fencing at Manassas Battlefield

The Second Battle of Manassas (or the Second Battle of Bull Run) was fought near Manassas during August 28–30, 1862. At that time, Manassas Junction was little more than a railroad crossing, but a strategic one, with rails leading to Richmond, Virginia, Washington, D.C., and the Shenandoah Valley. Despite these two Confederate victories, Manassas Junction was in Union hands for most of the war.

Following the war, the crossroads grew into the town of Manassas, which was incorporated in 1873. In 1962, Manassas became the county seat of Prince William County, replacing Brentsville. In 1975, Manassas was incorporated as a city, and as per Virginia law was separated from Prince William County.

The Manassas Historic District, Cannon Branch Fort, Liberia, and Manassas Industrial School for Colored Youth are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. [7]

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íslenska: Manassas
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