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Roanoke County, Virginia
Seal of Roanoke County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Roanoke County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Seat None
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

251 sq mi (650 km²)

, 0.07%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

85,778
1,761/sq mi (680/km²)
Founded 1838
Website www.roanokecountyva.gov

Roanoke County is a county located in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area and located within the Roanoke Region of Virginia[1]. As of the 2000 census, the population was 85,778. The 2008 census estimate placed the population at 90,867. The independent cities of Roanoke and Salem (incorporated as such in 1884 and 1968 respectively) are located within the boundaries of Roanoke County, but are not a part of the county. The incorporated town of Vinton is the only incorporated municipality within the county. While significant areas of the county are rural and mountainous, most residents live in suburbs near Roanoke and Salem in the Roanoke Valley.

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History

The county was formed in 1838 from the southern part of Botetourt County. It was named for the Roanoke River. Additional territory was transferred to Roanoke County from Montgomery County in 1845. Salem was originally the county seat. When Salem became an independent city, by agreement with the county the Roanoke County Courthouse remained in Salem and the two localities share a jail. However, the County Administrative Offices were moved to the Cave Spring District. Though the County Administrative Offices are in the Cave Spring District, the County Courthouse is still located in Salem.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 251 square miles (650 km²), of which, 251 square miles (650 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km²) of it (0.07%) is water.

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Districts

The county is divided into five Supervisory Districts: Catawba, Cave Spring, Hollins, Vinton, and Windsor Hills. Vinton is an incorporated town with an elected town council and town manager.

There are five high schools located in Roanoke County. They are Cave Spring High School, Glenvar High School, Hidden Valley High School, Northside High School, and William Byrd High School.

Hollins University, a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, is located in Northern Roanoke County, near the Botetourt County border.

Notable sports figures

Noted Sports figures from Roanoke County include Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber, and J. J. Redick.

Adjacent counties and cities

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 85,778 people, 34,686 households, and 24,696 families residing in the county. The population density was 342 people per square mile (132/km²). There were 36,121 housing units at an average density of 144 per square mile (56/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.63% White, 3.35% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,686 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 27.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,689, and the median income for a family was $56,450. Males had a median income of $39,126 versus $26,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,637. About 2.70% of families and 4.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 4.90% of those age 65 or over.

Politics

Presidential election results
Year GOP DEM Others
2008 60.0% 30,571 38.9% 19,812 1.2% 592
2004 65.1% 30,596 34.2% 16,082 0.6% 295
2000 60.1% 25,740 37.7% 16,141 2.2% 936
1996 52.5% 20,700 39.0% 15,387 8.4% 3,334
1992 50.3% 20,667 35.8% 14,704 13.9% 5,709
1988 62.6% 22,011 36.8% 12,938 0.6% 208
1984 68.6% 23,348 31.0% 10,569 0.4% 137
1980 55.8% 17,182 39.3% 12,114 5.0% 1,518
1976 50.4% 13,587 48.7% 13,120 0.9% 241
1972 77.3% 19,920 20.6% 5,318 2.1% 540
1968 58.9% 12,439 18.5% 3,902 22.7% 4,783
1964 54.8% 10,714 45.1% 8,808 0.1% 14
1960 67.3% 9,109 32.4% 4,384 0.3% 39

Towns

Unincorporated communities

References

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

External links

Coordinates: 37°16′N 80°05′W / 37.27°N 80.08°W / 37.27; -80.08


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Roanoke County, Virginia
File:Roanoke seal.gif
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Roanoke County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded information needed
Seat Salem
founded = 1838
area = 650 km² (251 mi²)
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

 sq mikm²)
 sq mi ( km²)
km² ( mi²), 0.07%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

85,778
680/km² 
Website: www.roanokecountyva.gov

Roanoke County is a county located in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 85,778. The 2005 census estimate placed the population at 88,172. Given current trends, the population of Roanoke County may exceed the city of Roanoke around 2010. The independent cities of Roanoke and Salem (incorporated as such in 1884 and 1968 respectively) are located within the boundaries of Roanoke County, but are not a part of the county. The incorporated town of Vinton is the only incorporated municipality with the county. While significant areas of the county are rural and mountainous, most residents live in suburbs near Roanoke and Salem in the Roanoke Valley.

Contents

History

The county was formed in 1838 from the southern part of Botetourt County. It was named for the Roanoke River. Additional territory was transferred to Roanoke County from Montgomery County in 1845. Salem was originally the county seat. When Salem became an independent city, by agreement with the county the Roanoke County Courthouse remained in Salem and the two localities share a jail. However, the County Administrative Offices were moved to the Cave Spring District. Though the County Administrative Offices are in the Cave Spring District, the County Courthouse is still located in Salem. Thus, Salem is still the County Seat for Roanoke County. While this point could be argued, it is incorrect to list Cave Spring as the County Seat.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 650 km² (251 mi²). 650 km² (251 mi²) of it is land and 0 km² (0 mi²) of it (0.07%) is water.

Districts

The county is divided into five Supervisory Districts: Catawba, Cave Spring, Hollins, Vinton, and Windsor Hills. Vinton is an incorporated town with an elected town council, but is administratively a part of the County. Salem is an independent city and is no longer administratively part of the County.

There are five high schools located in Roanoke County. They are Cave Spring High School, Glenvar High School, Hidden Valley High School, Northside High School, and William Byrd High School. Famous people from Roanoke County include Tiki Barber, Ronde Barber, and J.J. Redick, all Cave Spring graduates. Hollins University, a member of the Old Dominion Athletic Conference, is located in Northern Roanoke County, near the Botetourt County border.

Adjacent Counties

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 85,778 people, 34,686 households, and 24,696 families residing in the county. The population density was 132/km² (342/mi²). There were 36,121 housing units at an average density of 56/km² (144/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.63% White, 3.35% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.39% from other races, and 0.89% from two or more races. 1.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 34,686 households out of which 30.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.90% were married couples living together, 8.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 27.50% from 25 to 44, 27.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 89.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $47,689, and the median income for a family was $56,450. Males had a median income of $39,126 versus $26,690 for females. The per capita income for the county was $24,637. About 2.70% of families and 4.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.20% of those under age 18 and 4.90% of those age 65 or over.

Towns

Unincorporated Communities

External links

Coordinates: 37°16′N 80°05′W / 37.27, -80.08


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