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

446 sq mi (1,155 km²)

3 sq mi (8 km²), 0.73%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17,917
41/sq mi (16/km²)
Founded 1793
Website www.graysoncountyva.com
Present day courthouse of Grayson County.

Grayson County is a county located in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia of the United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 17,917. Its county seat is Independence[1]. Mount Rogers, the state's highest peak at 5,729 feet (1,746 m), is in Grayson County.

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History

Grayson County was founded in 1793 from part of Wythe County. It was named for William Grayson, delegate to the Continental Congress from 1784 to 1787 and one of the first two U.S. Senators from Virginia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 446 square miles (1,155 km²), of which, 443 square miles (1,146 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.73%) is water. The southernmost point in Virginia lies in Grayson County.

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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 17,917 people, 7,259 households, and 5,088 families residing in the county. The population density was 40 people per square mile (16/km²). There were 9,123 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.70% White, 6.79% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,259 households out of which 26.40% had children under the living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.50% under the , 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 107.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.70 males.

The Old Grayson County Courthouse, now used for public events and museum.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,676, and the median income for a family was $35,076. Males had a median income of $24,126 versus $17,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,768. About 10.00% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.80% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated settlements

Education

Public High Schools

Grayson County High School, Independence

Private High Schools

Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson

Culture

Located in the Appalachian region of the United States, Grayson County has long been famous for its traditional, or "old-time" music and musicians. Although the entire Appalachian region is known for its music, the region around Mount Airy, North Carolina and Galax, Virginia is one of the areas where this music has remained strongest, even among young people. The Old Fiddler's Convention, one of the most prominent traditional music contests in the United States, has been held annually in Galax since 1935.[1] Grayson County is also the home of other fiddlers' conventions and old time and bluegrass festivals such as the Grayson County Fiddlers Convention, Fries Fiddlers Convention, and the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Festival. The Whitetop Mountain Band, The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, The Wolfe Brothers String Band, and the Konnarock Critters are among many of the best known old time bands of the area.

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.  

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Coordinates: 36°39′N 81°14′W / 36.65°N 81.23°W / 36.65; -81.23


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Grayson County, Virginia
Seal of Grayson County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Grayson County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1793
Seat Independence
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,155 km² (446 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
8 km² (3 mi²), 0.73%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

17,917
16/km² 
Website: www.graysoncountyva.com
Present day courthouse of Grayson County.

Grayson County is a county located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 17,917. Its county seat is Independence6. It is bounded on the northwest by Smyth County; on the northeast by Wythe County; on the southwest by Ashe County; on the south by Alleghany County, on the southeast by Surry County, on the east by the Independent City of Galax and by Carroll County, and on the west by Johnson County and Washington County. The state's highest peak, Mount Rogers (5729 ft.) is in Grayson County.

Contents

History

Grayson County was founded in 1793 from part of Wythe County. It was named for William Grayson, delegate to the Continental Congress form 1784 to 1787 and one of the first two U.S. Senators from Virginia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,155 km² (446 mi²). 1,146 km² (443 mi²) of it is land and 8 km² (3 mi²) of it (0.73%) is water. As noted above, the state's highest peak, Mount Rogers is in Grayson, and the county's average altitude is the highest in Virginia.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 17,917 people, 7,259 households, and 5,088 families residing in the county. The population density was 16/km² (40/mi²). There were 9,123 housing units at an average density of 8/km² (21/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 91.70% White, 6.79% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.70% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.55% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,259 households out of which 26.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.60% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 26.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.50% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 29.80% from 25 to 44, 26.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 107.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 109.70 males.

The Old Grayson County Courthouse, now used for public events and museum.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,676, and the median income for a family was $35,076. Males had a median income of $24,126 versus $17,856 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,768. About 10.00% of families and 13.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.80% of those under age 18 and 16.30% of those age 65 or over.

Towns

Unincorporated settlements

Education

Public High Schools

Grayson County High School, Independence

Private High Schools

Oak Hill Academy, Mouth of Wilson

Culture

Located in the Appalachian region of the United States, Grayson County has long been famous for its traditional, or "old-time" music and musicians. Although the entire Appalachian region is known for its music, the region around Mount Airy, North Carolina and Galax, Virginia is one of the areas where this music has remained strongest, even among young people. The Old Fiddler's Convention, one of the most prominent traditional music contests in the United States, has been held annually in Galax since 1935.[1] Grayson County is also the home of other fiddlers' conventions and old time and bluegrass festivals such as the Grayson County Fiddlers Convention, Fries Fiddlers Convention, and the Wayne C. Henderson Guitar Festival. The Whitetop Mountain Band, The New Ballards Branch Bogtrotters, The Wolfe Brothers String Band, and the Konnarock Critters are among many of the best known old time bands of the area.

External links

Coordinates: 36°39′N 81°14′W / 36.65, -81.23

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