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

769 sq mi (1,992 km²)
754 sq mi (1,953 km²)
15 sq mi (39 km²), 1.92%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

60,371
80/sq mi (31/km²)
Founded 1754
Website www.co.bedford.va.us

Bedford County is a county located in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 60,371. Its county seat is the city Bedford[1] and is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. As an independent city, Bedford is not a part of Bedford County, despite being the county seat.

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History

Bedford County was established on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from parts of Bedford County. Also in 1786, Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.

Attractions

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 769 square miles (1,992 km²), of which, 754 square miles (1,954 km²) of it is land and 15 square miles (38 km²) of it (1.92%) is water.

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Adjacent counties and city

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 60,371 people, 23,838 households, and 18,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 26,841 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.18% White, 6.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.2% were of American, 15.6% English, 11.0% German and 9.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 23,838 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,136, and the median income for a family was $49,303. Males had a median income of $35,117 versus $23,906 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,582. About 5.20% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Historically, Bedford County was an agricultural economy. While agriculture is still an important factor in the county's economy, Bedford County has significant residential development to serve Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Smith Mountain Lake. Tourism and retail are also becoming more significant.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 68.2% 24,420 30.7% 11,017 1.1% 393
2004 69.8% 21,925 29.0% 9,102 1.2% 377
2000 65.9% 17,224 31.2% 8,160 2.9% 765
1996 54.1% 11,955 35.2% 7,786 10.7% 2,368
1992 50.6% 10,496 32.7% 6,792 16.7% 3,468
1988 65.3% 10,702 33.0% 5,406 1.7% 274
1984 68.2% 10,371 31.2% 4,754 0.6% 92
1980 55.8% 6,608 39.9% 4,721 4.3% 511
1976 45.3% 4,189 51.5% 4,766 3.1% 291
1972 73.4% 5,286 20.9% 1,501 5.7% 412
1968 35.8% 2,807 20.1% 1,574 45.1% 3,459
1964 48.1% 3,806 51.5% 4,076 0.4% 32
1960 47.9% 2,911 51.8% 3,150 0.2% 20

|-* Bedford voted George Wallace, an Independent for President in 1968.

Communities

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. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 37°19′N 79°32′W / 37.31°N 79.53°W / 37.31; -79.53


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Bedford County, Virginia
Seal of Bedford County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Bedford County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1754
Seat Bedford
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,992 km² (769 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
38 km² (15 mi²), 1.92%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

60,371
31/km² 
Website: www.co.bedford.va.us

Bedford County is a county located in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 60,371. Its county seat is the City of Bedford6 and is part of the Lynchburg MSA. As an independent city, the City of Bedford is not a part of Bedford County, despite being the county seat.

Contents

History

Bedford county was established on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from parts of Bedford County. Also in 1786, Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.

Attractions

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,992 km² (769 mi²). 1,954 km² (754 mi²) of it is land and 38 km² (15 mi²) of it (1.92%) is water.

Adjacent Counties and City

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 60,371 people, 23,838 households, and 18,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 31/km² (80/mi²). There were 26,841 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (36/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.18% White, 6.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,838 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,136, and the median income for a family was $49,303. Males had a median income of $35,117 versus $23,906 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,582. About 5.20% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Historically, Bedford County was an agricultural economy. While agriculture is still an important factor in the county's economy, Bedford County has significant residential development to serve Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Smith Mountain Lake. Tourism and retail are also becoming more significant.

Towns

External links

Coordinates: 37°19′N 79°32′W / 37.31, -79.53

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