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Accomack County, Virginia
Seal of Accomack County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Accomack County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Seat Accomac
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,310 sq mi (3,393 km²)
455 sq mi (1,178 km²)
855 sq mi (2,214 km²), 65.25%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

38,305
83/sq mi (32/km²)
Founded 1671
Website www.co.accomack.va.us

Accomack County, formerly Accomac Shire, is a U.S. county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 38,305. Its county seat is Accomac[1].

Accomack and Northampton Counties comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia, part of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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History

Accomac Shire was established in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of Virginia. The shire's name comes from the Native American word Accawmack, meaning "on the other side".[2] In 1642 the name was changed to Northampton by the British, to eliminate "heathen" names in the New World. Northampton was split into two counties in 1663. The northern section assumed the original Accomac name, the southern, Northampton. In 1670, the Virginia Colony's Royal Governor William Berkeley abolished Accomac County, but the Virginia General Assembly re-created it in 1671. The very first Sheriff in the United States, William Stone, was appointed to serve Accomack County in 1634.
Unlike most of Virginia, during the Civil War, the county was not under Confederate control, but held by the forces of the United States government. In 1940, the General Assembly officially added a "k" to the end of the county's name to arrive at its current spelling. The name of "Accomack County" first appeared in the Decisions of the United States Board on Geographical Names in 1943.[3]

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,310 square miles (3,393 km²), of which, 455 square miles (1,179 km²) of it is land and 855 square miles (2,214 km²) of it (65.25%) is water.

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Demographics

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 38,305 people, 15,299 households, and 10,388 families residing in the county. The population density was 84 people per square mile (32/km²). There were 19,550 housing units at an average density of 43 per square mile (17/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.38% White, 31.56% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.57% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 5.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,299 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.20% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

State: Virginia Counties (Census Tracts): Northampton (9901, 9902, 9903), Accomack (9907, 9908) Community Population: 12,955 Community Area: 242 sq mi (630 km2). Poverty Rate: 27% Per Capita Income: $12,500 Accomack and adjacent Northampton County are the two poorest counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[1]

Towns

Education

The county is served by Accomack County Public Schools[5].

The schools in this district are[6]:

Elementary Schools

Middle Schools

High Schools

Notable residents

References

  1. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. pp. 23. http://books.google.com/books/pdf/The_Origin_of_Certain_Place_Names_in_the.pdf?id=BqwPAAAAIAAJ&output=pdf&sig=3IVIg6u-evPGlrv4j1uDL7rQ09c. 
  3. ^ Topping, Mary, comp., Approved Place Names in Virginia: An Index to Virginia Names Approved by the United States Board on Geographic Names through 1969 (Charlottesville, VA: University Press of Virginia, 1971), 1.
  4. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  5. ^ Education, Virginia Department of (2009). "Virginia Public School Division Staff". Virginia Department of Education. http://doe.virginiainteractive.org/vdoe_directories/StaffBySchoolDivisions.aspx?d=1&w=true. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  6. ^ Accomack County Public Schools (2008). "Accomack County Public Schools - Eastern Shore of Virginia". Accomack County Public Schools. http://www.sbo.accomack.k12.va.us/public/school/. Retrieved 2009-12-19. 
  7. ^ a b c d e Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 1963. 

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Coordinates: 37°46′N 75°46′W / 37.76°N 75.76°W / 37.76; -75.76


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Accomack County, Virginia
Seal of Accomack County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Accomack County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1671
Seat Accomac
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

3,393 km² (1,310 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
2,214 km² (855 mi²), 65.25%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

38,305
32/km² 
Website: www.co.accomack.va.us

Accomack County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 38,305. Its county seat is Accomac6.

Accomack and Northampton Counties comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Contents

History

Accomac Shire was established in 1634 as one of the original eight shires of Virginia. The shire's name comes from the Native American word Accawmack. In 1642 the named was changed to Northampton by the British, to eliminate "heathen" names in the New World. Northampton was split into two counties in 1663. The northern section assumed the original Accomac name, the southern, Northampton. In 1670, the Virginia Colony's Royal Governor William Berkeley abolished Accomac County, but the Virginia General Assembly re-created it in 1671. Unlike most of Virginia, during the Civil War, the county was not under Confederate control, but held by the forces of the United States government. In 1940, the General Assembly officially added a "k" to the end of the county's name to arrive at its current spelling. The very first Sheriff in the United States, William Stone, was appointed to serve Accomack County in 1634.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 3,393 km² (1,310 mi²). 1,179 km² (455 mi²) of it is land and 2,214 km² (855 mi²) of it (65.25%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 38,305 people, 15,299 households, and 10,388 families residing in the county. The population density was 32/km² (84/mi²). There were 19,550 housing units at an average density of 17/km² (43/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 63.38% White, 31.56% Black or African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.22% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 3.57% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 5.38% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,299 households out of which 28.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.20% were married couples living together, 14.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.10% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.30% under the age of 18, 8.20% from 18 to 24, 26.20% from 25 to 44, 24.70% from 45 to 64, and 16.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 94.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.00 males.

State: Virginia Counties (Census Tracts): Northampton (9901, 9902, 9903), Accomack (9907, 9908) Community Population: 12,955 Community Area: 242 sq. mi. Poverty Rate: 27% Per Capita Income: $12,500 Accomack and adjacent Northampton County are the two poorest counties in the Commonwealth of Virginia.[1]

Towns



Notable residents

References

    1. ^ a b c d e (1963) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Chicago: Marquis Who's Who. 

External links

Coordinates: 37°46′N 75°46′W / 37.76, -75.76

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Accomack County, Virginia
Map

Location in the state of Virginia

Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1671
Seat Accomac
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,310 sq mi (3,393 km²)

855 sq mi (2,214 km²), 65.25%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

38,305
83/sq mi (32/km²)
Website: www.co.accomack.va.us

Accomack County, known in the past as Accomac Shire, is a U.S. county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 38,305. Its county seat is Accomac[1].

Accomack and Northampton Counties comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia, part of the Delmarva Peninsula.

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