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

449 sq mi (1,163 km²)

1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.22%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

12,926
28/sq mi (11/km²)
Founded 1822
Website www.co.alleghany.va.us

Alleghany County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. It is the northernmost part of the Roanoke Region[1]. As of the 2000 census, the population was 12,926 within its borders at that time. Its county seat is Covington[2].

Note: The town of Clifton Forge is not included in any Alleghany County population data in the main article. In 2000, Clifton Forge was an independent city separate from the county. However, in 2001, Clifton Forge relinquished its city charter and reincorporated as a town; as a town, it is now a part of Alleghany County. The 2000 population of what is now Alleghany County (including Clifton Forge) was 17,215. The article includes geographic data from before and after the reincorporation of Clifton Forge into the county.

Contents

History

Alleghany County was established on January 5, 1822, from parts of Botetourt, Bath, and Monroe counties. It was named for the Allegheny Mountains, in which it is located. During the Civil War, the iron for the Merrimac came from Longdale Furnace in the county. Regiments from Alleghany County were at the surrender at Appomattox.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county had a total area of 446 square miles (1,154 km²) in 2000. 445 square miles (1,152 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (3 km²) of it (0.23%) is water.

After Clifton Forge rejoined the county in 2001, the county's total area increased to 449 square miles (1,162 km²). The land area is now 448 square miles (1,160 km²), and the water area was unchanged. The total area is now 0.22% water.

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Adjacent counties

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Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 12,926 people, 5,149 households, and 3,866 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 5,812 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.35% White, 2.45% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 42.9% were of American, 11.6% German, 11.0% English and 9.8% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 5,149 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.20% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution is 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 28.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,545, and the median income for a family was $45,843. Males had a median income of $35,120 versus $20,855 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,635. About 4.90% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.60% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those age 65 or over.

Economy and transportation

Its economy is dominated by MeadWestvaco, which operates a paperboard mill in Covington, the second largest on the East Coast and an extrusion and converting facility in Low Moor. Covington has a team in the Valley Baseball League called the Lumberjacks.The area is serviced by Interstate 64 ( east west) and Route 220 a (north south) offering rail, truck and interstate access to the area. Also Rail Passenger Service is provided at the Amtrak station in Clifton Forge, VA 12 miles (19 km) away.Both Alleghany County and Covington, VA are known for the low cost of its housing market and close proximity to The Homestead in Bath County, VA, Lexington, VA, The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs, Lewisburg, West Virginia, a 45 minute drive in any direction and Roanoke, VA about an hour away.

Schools

Alleghany County is serviced by One 9-12 High school Alleghany High School, One 6-8 Middle School Clifton Middle School, and Five PK-5 Elementary Schools, Boiling Spring Elementary,Callaghan Elementary, Falling Spring Elementary,Mountain View Elementary and Sharon Elementary. One Va State Governors School Jackson River Governor's School, One Technical Center Jackson River Technical Center and one college Dabney S Lancaster.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 50.4% 3,715 48.2% 3,553 1.4% 101
2004 55.1% 3,962 44.5% 3,203 0.4% 30
2000 54.8% 2,808 43.2% 2,214 2.0% 101
1996 39.7% 2,015 47.3% 2,398 13.1% 661
1992 40.6% 2,294 42.4% 2,396 17.1% 967
1988 51.9% 2,555 47.0% 2,316 1.1% 55
1984 60.9% 3,067 38.4% 1,932 0.8% 38
1980 45.9% 2,185 50.7% 2,411 3.3% 160
1976 41.2% 1,756 57.7% 2,462 1.1% 47
1972 67.5% 2,584 27.9% 1,069 4.6% 177
1968 43.5% 1,649 26.0% 988 30.5% 1,156
1964 41.1% 1,104 58.8% 1,580 0.0% 1
1960 48.8% 1,214 50.8% 1,265 0.4% 9

Towns

As an independent city, Covington is not part of Alleghany County, despite its status as the county seat.

References

External links

Coordinates: 37°47′N 80°01′W / 37.78°N 80.01°W / 37.78; -80.01


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Alleghany County, Virginia
Seal of Alleghany County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Alleghany County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1822
Seat Covington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,162 km² (449 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
3 km² (1 mi²), 0.22%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

12,926
11/km² 
Website: www.co.alleghany.va.us

Alleghany County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 12,926 within its borders at that time. Its county seat is CovingtonGR6.

Note: The town of Clifton Forge is not included in any Alleghany County population data in the main article. In 2000, Clifton Forge was an independent city separate from the county. However, in 2001, Clifton Forge relinquished its city charter and reincorporated as a town; as a town, it is now a part of Alleghany County. The 2000 population of what is now Alleghany County (including Clifton Forge) was 17,215. The article includes geographic data from before and after the reincorporation of Clifton Forge into the county.

Contents

History

Alleghany County was established on January 5, 1822 from parts of Botetourt, Bath, and Monroe counties. It was named for the Allegheny Mountains it is located in. During the Civil War, the iron for the Merrimac came from Longdale Furnace in the county. Regiments from Alleghany County were at the surrender at Appomattox.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county had a total area of 1,154 km² (446 mi²) in 2000. 1,152 km² (445 mi²) of it is land and 3 km² (1 mi²) of it (0.23%) is water.

After Clifton Forge rejoined the county in 2001, the county's total area increased to 1,162 km² (449 mi²). The land area is now 1,160 km² (448 mi²), and the water area was unchanged. The total area is now 0.22% water.

Demographics

As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 12,926 people, 5,149 households, and 3,866 families residing in the county. The population density was 11/km² (29/mi²). There were 5,812 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.35% White, 2.45% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.53% from two or more races. 0.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,149 households out of which 29.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.20% were married couples living together, 8.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.90% were non-families. 22.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.85.

The age distribution is 22.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 28.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,545, and the median income for a family was $45,843. Males had a median income of $35,120 versus $20,855 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,635. About 4.90% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.60% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those age 65 or over.

Towns

As an independent city, Covington is not part of Alleghany County, despite its status as the county seat.

External links

Coordinates: 37°47′N 80°01′W / 37.78, -80.01

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