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

543 sq mi (1,406 km²)

3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.60%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

30,496
57/sq mi (22/km²)
Founded 1770
Website www.botetourt.org
Botetourt County, Virginia, from 1895 state map

Botetourt County (pronounced /ˈbɒtətɒt/ BOT-ə-tot) is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 30,496. Its county seat is Fincastle.[1]

Botetourt County is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and located in the Roanoke Region of Virginia.[2]

Contents

History

Botetourt County was established in 1770 from Augusta County. The county is named for Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, more commonly known as Lord Botetourt (1718-1770), who was a popular governor of the Virginia Colony from 1768 to 1770, when he died suddenly while in office.

In the 1770s and 1780s, when Virginia claimed most of the Northwest Territory which would later form all or part of six states, the land was divided between Botetourt and Augusta Counties.

Botetourt County is a part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the southern parts of the county have become increasingly suburban in recent decades. Much of the area's former farmland and orchards have been developed into residential subdivisions and businesses.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 546 square miles (1,414 km²), of which, 543 square miles (1,405 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.60%) is water. The Blue Ridge Mountains run along the eastern part of the county. The Appalachian Mountains run along the western part of the county. The two mountain ranges come close together, separated by the town of Buchanan and the James River.

The James River originates in Botetourt County, near the village of Iron Gate, just south of the Alleghany County border by the merger of the pristine Cowpasture River and the Jackson River. The James River runs south until Eagle Rock, where it turns east and meanders through the county, passing James River High School until entering Buchanan. In Buchanan, the river turns northward and flows into Rockbridge County towards Glasgow.

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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 30,496 people, 11,700 households, and 9,114 families residing in the county. The population density was 56 people per square mile (22/km²). There were 12,571 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.91% White, 3.52% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,700 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.80% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.10% were non-families. 19.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 28.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,731, and the median income for a family was $55,125. Males had a median income of $37,182 versus $25,537 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,218. About 3.60% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.40% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.

Education

There are two high schools in Botetourt County. Lord Botetourt High School opened in suburban Daleville in the fall of 1959. James River High School in Buchanan also opened in 1959.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year DEM GOP Others
2008 32.7% 5,693 65.9% 11,471 1.4% 242
2004 30.4% 4,801 68.9% 10,865 0.8% 121
2000 33.4% 4,627 64.1% 8,867 2.5% 346
1996 37.0% 4,576 51.7% 6,404 11.3% 1,400
1992 35.6% 4,349 48.4% 5,904 16.0% 1,956
1988 39.2% 3,763 59.3% 5,687 1.5% 141
1984 34.9% 3,243 64.2% 5,959 0.9% 87
1980 43.0% 3,698 51.2% 4,408 5.7% 496
1976 53.1% 4,021 44.1% 3,343 2.8% 209
1972 27.7% 1,519 69.4% 3,806 2.8% 156
1968 24.7% 1,272 50.5% 2,598 24.7% 1,270
1964 53.1% 2,377 46.9% 2,098 0.0% 1
1960 42.6% 1,621 56.8% 2,159 0.6% 22

Botetourt County is typically a sure win by Republicans. The Republican Candidate for President has won the support of Botetourt County 11 out of the last 13 races. The county also voted Republican for Governor in 2005.

Emergency Services

Botetourt County Emergency Services uses a combination of career and volunteers to provide fire and ems protection to the county.

Towns and unincorporated communities

Notable residents

External links

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

Coordinates: 37°33′N 79°48′W / 37.55°N 79.80°W / 37.55; -79.80


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Botetourt County, Virginia
Seal of Botetourt County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Botetourt County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1770
Seat Fincastle
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,405 km² (543 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
8 km² (3 mi²), 0.60%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

30,496
22/km² 
Website: www.co.botetourt.va.us
Botetourt County, Virginia, from 1895 state map

Botetourt County (IPA: /ˈbɒtətɒt/) is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 30,496. Its county seat is Fincastle6. The "r" in Botetourt is silent so the pronunciation is "bot-a-tot".

Contents

History

In the 1770s and 1780s, when Virginia claimed most of the Northwest Territory which would later form all or part of six states, the land was divided between Botetourt and Augusta Counties.

Botetourt County was established in 1770 from Augusta County. The county is named for Norborne Berkeley, Baron de Botetourt, more commonly know as Lord Botetourt, (1718-1770), who was a popular governor of the Virginia Colony from 1768 to 1770, when he died suddenly while in office.

Botetourt County is a part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area, and the southern parts of the county have become increasingly suburban in recent decades. Much of the area's former farmland and orchards have been developed into residential subdivisions and businesses.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,414 km² (546 mi²). 1,405 km² (543 mi²) of it is land and 8 km² (3 mi²) of it (0.60%) is water. The Blue Ridge Mountains run along the eastern part of the county. The Appalachian Mountains run along the western part of the county. The two mountain ranges come close together, separated by the town of Buchanan and the James River.

The James River originates in Botetourt County, near the village of Iron Gate, just south of the Alleghany County border by the merger of the pristine Cowpasture River and the heavily polluted Jackson River. The James River runs south until Eagle Rock, where it turns east and meanders through the county, passing James River High School until entering Buchanan. In Buchanan, the river turns northward and flows into Rockbridge County towards Glasgow.

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 30,496 people, 11,700 households, and 9,114 families residing in the county. The population density was 22/km² (56/mi²). There were 12,571 housing units at an average density of 9/km² (23/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 94.91% White, 3.52% Black or African American, 0.22% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.69% from two or more races. 0.59% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 11,700 households out of which 32.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 67.80% were married couples living together, 7.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.10% were non-families. 19.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 28.90% from 25 to 44, 28.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,731, and the median income for a family was $55,125. Males had a median income of $37,182 versus $25,537 for females. The per capita income for the county was $22,218. About 3.60% of families and 5.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.40% of those under age 18 and 6.50% of those age 65 or over.

Education

There are two high schools in Botetourt County. Lord Botetourt High School opened in suburban Daleville in the fall of 1959. James River High School in Buchanan also opened in 1959.

Towns and unincorporated communities

Notable residents

References

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

External links

http://www.co.botetourt.va.us/ Coordinates: 37°33′N 79°48′W / 37.55, -79.80

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