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

520 sq mi (1,347 km²)
520 sq mi (1,347 km²)
0 sq mi (0 km²), 0.03%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

44,598
39/sq mi (15/km²)
Founded December 20, 1799
Website www.tazewellcounty.org

Tazewell County is a county located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 44,598. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578. The micropolitan area is the 350th largest statistical population area and the thirty-third largest micropolitan in the United States. Its county seat is the town of Tazewell[1].

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History

Before the arrival of pioneers Tazewell County was a hunting ground for Native Americans. Although rare in the eastern United States, there are petroglyphs near the summit of Paintlick Mountain.[2]

In the spring of 1771 Thomas and John Witten established the first permanent settlement in Tazewell County at Crab Orchard.[3]

Tazewell County was created on December 20, 1799. The land for the county was taken from portions of Wythe and Russell Counties. It was named after Henry Tazewell, a United States Senator from Virginia as well as a state legislator and judge. Delegate Littleton Waller Tazewell originally opposed the formation of the new county but when Simon Cotterel, who drew up the bill to form the county, changed the originally proposed name of the county to Tazewell's namesake, in honor of his father Henry who had died months earlier, the bill passed. [4]

Later, the town of Jeffersonville was renamed Tazewell and became the county seat.

Geography

Since it contains portions of the Ridge-and-Valley Appalachians and the Cumberland Plateau, Tazewell County has very distinct geologic areas within the county. Of the most unique areas is Burke's Garden, a bowl shaped valley that formed from the collapse of limestone caverns. There are four watersheds which are the Upper Clinch, Middle New, North Fork Holston, and Tug.[5]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 520 square miles (1,347 km²), of which, 520 square miles (1,346 km²) of it is land and 0 square miles (0 km²) of it (0.03%) is water.

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Adjacent counties

West Virginia

Virginia

National protected area

Demographics

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 44,598 people, 18,277 households and 13,232 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 20,390 housing units at an average density of 39 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.16% White, 2.29% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,277 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% 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 2.85.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,304, and the median income for a family was $33,732. Males had a median income of $28,780 versus $19,648 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,282. About 11.70% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.30% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

Incorporated towns

Unincorporated communities

Education

Colleges

Public high schools

All public schools in Tazewell County are operated by Tazewell County Public Schools system.

Professional sports teams

See also

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. ^ GMallery, Garrick (2007). Picture-Writing of the American Indians V1. Kessinger Publishing. p. 121. ISBN 0548100438. 
  3. ^ Pendleton, William (1920). History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia. W. C. Hill Printing Company. p. 232. 
  4. ^ Pendleton, William (1920). History of Tazewell County and Southwest Virginia. W. C. Hill Printing Company. p. 396. 
  5. ^ Virginia.gov
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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External links

Coordinates: 37°08′N 81°34′W / 37.13°N 81.56°W / 37.13; -81.56


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Tazewell County, Virginia
Seal of Tazewell County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Tazewell County.png
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the USA
Statistics
Founded December 20, 1799
Seat Tazewell
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

1,347 km² (520 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
0 km² (0 mi²), 0.03%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

44,598
15/km² 
Website: www.tazewellcounty.org

Tazewell County is a county located in the southwestern portion of the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 44,598. It is part of the Bluefield WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578. The micropolitan area is the 350th largest statistical population area and the thirty-third largest micropolitan in the United States. Its county seat is Tazewell6.

Contents

History

Tazewell County was created on December 20, 1799. The land for the county was taken from portions of Wythe and Russell Counties. It was named after Henry Tazewell, a United States Senator from Virginia as well as a state legislator and judge. The town of Jeffersonville was renamed Tazewell and became the county seat.

Tazewell was also the smallest town to get an electric street car.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,347 km² (520 mi²). 1,346 km² (520 mi²) of it is land and 0 km² (0 mi²) of it (0.03%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

West Virginia

Virginia

Demographics

As of the census² of 2000, there were 44,598 people, 18,277 households, and 13,232 families residing in the county. The population density was 33/km² (86/mi²). There were 20,390 housing units at an average density of 15/km² (39/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.16% White, 2.29% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.61% Asian, 0.16% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. 0.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,277 households out of which 28.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.20% were married couples living together, 10.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 25.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% 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 2.85.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.40% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $27,304, and the median income for a family was $33,732. Males had a median income of $28,780 versus $19,648 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,282. About 11.70% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.30% of those under age 18 and 13.90% of those age 65 or over.

Incorporated Towns

Unincorporated Communities

  • Abbs Valley
  • Baptist Valley
  • Bishop
  • Boissievain
  • Burkes Garden
  • Claypool Hill
  • Frog Level
  • Hidden Valley
  • Jewell Ridge
  • Liberty
  • North Tazewell
  • Paintlick
  • Pisgah
  • Pounding Mill
  • Raven
  • Tannersville
  • Tip Top
  • Thompson Valley
  • Wardell

Education

Colleges

Public High Schools

Professional Sports Teams

External Links

Official Tazewell County website

Bluefield College, Bluefield, VA

Southwest Virginia Community College, Richlands, VA

See also

Coordinates: 37°08′N 81°34′W / 37.13, -81.56

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