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

601 sq mi (1,557 km²)
600 sq mi (1,554 km²)
1 sq mi (3 km²), 0.22%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

20,808
34/sq mi (13/km²)
Founded information needed
Website www.co.rockbridge.va.us

Rockbridge County is a county located in the U.S. Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,808. Its county seat is Lexington[1]. This population figure excludes those residing in the independent cities of Buena Vista (6,349) and Lexington (6,867), both enclaved within the county's geographical borders.

Rockbridge County was named for Natural Bridge. Nature Camp, a youth summer camp, is located in the county near the town of Vesuvius.

Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper near Steele's Tavern at the northern end of the county.

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Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 601 square miles (1,557 km²), of which, 600 square miles (1,553 km²) of it is land and 1 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.22%) is water. The land area figures do not include the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington.

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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,808 people, 8,486 households, and 6,075 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile (13/km²). There were 9,550 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 95.42% White, 2.97% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.12% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 8,486 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% were married couples living together, 9.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% were non-families. 23.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,035, and the median income for a family was $41,324. Males had a median income of $28,217 versus $19,946 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,356. About 6.60% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.40% of those under age 18 and 9.60% of those age 65 or over.

Towns

The independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington are separate political jurisdictions located within Rockbridge County. Lexington is the county seat (in spite of its independent status), and it shares three constitutional officers with Rockbridge County: Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Commonwealth's Attorney. Buena Vista does not share constitutional officers with either Rockbridge County or Lexington.

Publications: print and web

Notable residents

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. 
  3. ^ a b c Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967. 

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Coordinates: 37°49′N 79°27′W / 37.81°N 79.45°W / 37.81; -79.45


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Rockbridge County, Virginia
Seal of Rockbridge County, Virginia
Map
Map of Virginia highlighting Rockbridge County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded 1778
Seat Lexington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,557 km² (601 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
4 km² (1 mi²), 0.22%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

20,808
13/km² 
Website: www.co.rockbridge.va.us

Rockbridge County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 20,808. Its county seat is Lexington6. The population figures do not include those residing in the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington.

Rockbridge County was named for Natural Bridge.

Cyrus McCormick invented the reaper near Steele's Tavern at the northern end of the county.

Contents

History

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,557 km² (601 mi²). 1,553 km² (600 mi²) of it is land and 4 km² (1 mi²) of it (0.22%) is water. The land area figures do not include the independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington.

Towns

  • Glasgow
  • Goshen
  • Brownsburg (unincorporated)
  • Raphine (unincorporated)

The independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington are separate political jurisdictions located within Rockbridge County. Lexington is the county seat (in spite of its independent status), and it shares three constitutional officers with Rockbridge County: Sheriff, Clerk of the Circuit Court and Commonwealth's Attorney. Buena Vista does not share constitutional officers with either Rockbridge County or Lexington.

Notable residents

Stonewall Jackson- General in the CSA Army lived in Lexington, the county seat.

Cyrus McCormick- inventor of the reaper.

Archibald Stuart Founder of Phi Beta Kappa

  • Cy Twombly
  • Pat Robertson

References

    1. ^ a b c (1967) Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 
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