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

384 sq mi (995 km²)
382 sq mi (989 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.53%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

47,286
150/sq mi (58/km²)
Founded 1777
Website www.co.henry.va.us

Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 57,930. The county seat is Martinsville.[1]

Henry County is part of the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Contents

History

The county was established in 1777 when it was carved from Pittsylvania County. The new county was initially named Patrick Henry County in honor of Patrick Henry, who was then serving as the first Governor of Virginia after independence. Living on his 10,000-acre plantation called Leatherwood, Gov. Henry was a sometime resident of the county, where he had relatives already settled.[2][3][4]

Major John Redd, Continental Army, pioneer settler of Henry County

In 1785 the northern part of Patrick Henry County was combined with part of Bedford County to form Franklin County. In 1790, Patrick Henry County was split into two counties, the western part becoming Patrick County and the rest becoming Henry County.

Other notable early settlers of Henry County include Colonel George Waller[5], Captain George Hairston and Major John Redd, all of whom were present at the surrender of General Cornwallis at Yorktown; Col. Abraham Penn, who led his militia troops to join General Nathaniel Greene at the Battle of Guilford Courthouse during the Revolutionary War; and Brigadier General Joseph Martin, for whom Martinsville is named.[6] Also prominent were Mordecai Hord, a native of Louisa County and prominent early explorer, who lived on his plantation called Hordsville[7]; and Col. John Dillard, born in Amherst County, Virginia in 1751, wounded at the Battle of Princeton during the Revolution, and later a member of the Committee of Safety and a colonel in the Virginia forces.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 384 square miles (996 km²), of which, 382 square miles (990 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.53%) is water.

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Districts

The county is divided into six supervisor districts: Blackberry, Collinsville, Horsepasture, Iriswood, Reed Creek, and Ridgeway.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 57,930 people, 23,910 households, and 16,952 families residing in the county. The population density was 152 people per square mile (58/km²). There were 25,921 housing units at an average density of 68 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.47% White, 10% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,910 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,816, and the median income for a family was $38,649. Males had a median income of $26,660 versus $20,766 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,110. About 8.80% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Town

Unincorporated communities

As an independent city since 1928, Martinsville is not part of Henry County, despite its status as the county seat.

See also

References

External links

Coordinates: 36°40′N 79°53′W / 36.67°N 79.88°W / 36.67; -79.88


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Henry County, Virginia
Seal of Henry County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Henry County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1777
Seat Collinsville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

996 km² (384 mi²)
990 km² (382 mi²)
5 km² (2 mi²), 0.53%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

47,286
58/km² 
Website: www.co.henry.va.us

Henry County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 57,930.

Contents

History

The county was established in 1777 from the Pittsylvania County. It was originally named Patrick Henry County in honor of Patrick Henry, who was then serving as the first Governor of Virginia after independence.

In 1785 the northern part of Patrick Henry County was combined with part of Bedford County to form Franklin County. In 1790, Patrick Henry County was split into two counties, the western part becoming Patrick County and the rest becoming Henry County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 996 km² (384 mi²). 990 km² (382 mi²) of it is land and 5 km² (2 mi²) of it (0.53%) is water.

Districts

The county is divided into six supervisor districts: Blackberry, Collinsville, Horsepasture, Iriswood, Reed Creek, and Ridgeway.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 57,930 people, 23,910 households, and 16,952 families residing in the county. The population density was 58/km² (152/mi²). There were 25,921 housing units at an average density of 26/km² (68/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 89.47% White, 10% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.39% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 23,910 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.30% were married couples living together, 12.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.10% were non-families. 25.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 26.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 95.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,816, and the median income for a family was $38,649. Males had a median income of $26,660 versus $20,766 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,110. About 8.80% of families and 11.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 12.60% of those age 65 or over.

Towns

As an independent city since 1928, Martinsville is not part of Henry County.

External links

Coordinates: 36°40′N 79°53′W / 36.67, -79.88

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