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

253 sq mi (655 km²)

23 sq mi (60 km²), 9.29%
Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

16,718
73/sq mi (28/km²)
Founded information needed
Website www.co.westmoreland.va.us

Westmoreland County is a county located in the Northern Neck of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 16,718. Its county seat is Montross.[1]

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History

As originally established by the House of Burgesses from Northumberland County, Virginia in 1653, the territory of Westmoreland County encompassed much of what later become the various counties and cities of Northern Virginia, including the city of Alexandria, Arlington County, Fairfax County, and Prince William County. These remained Westmoreland until 1664, when Stafford County, Virginia was formed.

Westmoreland County was the birthplace of George Washington, the first President of the United States (at the former settlement of Bridges Creek, Virginia)[2]; James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States; and General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate armies. It was the residence of Col. Nicholas Spencer, who patented the land at Mount Vernon in 1674 with his friend Lt. Col. John Washington, ancestor of George Washington. Spencer, who served as President of the Council and acting Governor of Virginia, was the cousin of and agent for the Barons Colepeper, proprietors of the Northern Neck.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 253 square miles (655 km2), of which, 229 square miles (593 km2) of it is land and 23 square miles (60 km2) of it (9.29%) is water. The county is located on the Northern Neck peninsula and is part of the Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA winemaking appellation.

Rural Westmoreland County
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Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 16,718 people, 6,846 households, and 4,689 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 inhabitants per square mile (28.2 /km2). There were 9,286 housing units at an average density of 40 inhabitants per square mile (15.4 /km2). The racial makeup of the county was 65.41% White, 30.89% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.75% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,846 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.70% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% 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 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 27.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,797, and the median income for a family was $41,357. Males had a median income of $31,333 versus $22,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,473. About 11.20% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.10% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Business and economy

The county's economy is largely based on agriculture, primarily dairy [1]. Tourism is another significant economic driver, related to historical sites such as George Washington Birthplace National Monument and Robert E. Lee's birthplace, Stratford Hall Plantation, as well as gambling activities available in Colonial Beach. The county is also an extended exurb of Washington, D.C.

Montross is home to Northern Neck Coca-Cola Bottling Inc. (makers of Northern Neck Ginger Ale) and the Westmoreland News, a weekly newspaper.

Distinguished residents

Towns

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. ^ Marquis, A.N. Company. Who's Who In America, vol. 1:Historical Volume (1607-1896), revised ed., Marquis, A.N. Company., 1967.
  3. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  

External links

Coordinates: 38°07′N 76°48′W / 38.11°N 76.80°W / 38.11; -76.80


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Westmoreland County, Virginia
Seal of Westmoreland County, Virginia
Map
File:Map of Virginia highlighting Westmoreland 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 Montross
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

654 km² (253 mi²)
 sq mi ( km²)
61 km² (23 mi²), 9.29%
wikipedia:Population
 - (2000)
 - Density

16,718
28/km² 
Website: www.co.westmoreland.va.us

Westmoreland County is a county located in the Northern Neck of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state in the United States. As of the 2000 census, the population was 16,718. Its county seat is Montross6. The county is located on the Northern Neck peninsula and is part of the Northern Neck George Washington Birthplace AVA winemaking appellation.

Contents

History

Westmoreland County was the birthplace of George Washington, the first President of the United States (at former "Bridges Creek, VA") [1]; James Monroe, the fifth President of the United States; and General Robert E. Lee, commander of the Confederate armies.

As originally established by the British colonial government of Virginia, the territory of Westmoreland County encompassed much of what later become the various counties and cities of Northern Virginia (once including, for example, the areas which later became Arlington, the city of Alexandria, Fairfax County and Prince William County, among other things).

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 654 km² (253 mi²). 594 km² (229 mi²) of it is land and 61 km² (23 mi²) of it (9.29%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there were 16,718 people, 6,846 households, and 4,689 families residing in the county. The population density was 28/km² (73/mi²). There were 9,286 housing units at an average density of 16/km² (40/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 65.41% White, 30.89% Black or African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.75% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 3.46% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,846 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.70% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.50% were non-families. 26.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.60% 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 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 23.90% from 25 to 44, 27.80% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 92.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,797, and the median income for a family was $41,357. Males had a median income of $31,333 versus $22,221 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,473. About 11.20% of families and 14.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.10% of those under age 18 and 12.50% of those age 65 or over.

Distinguished residents

Towns

See also

References

  1. ^ Marquis, A.N. Company. Who's Who In America, vol. 1:Historical Volume (1607-1896), revised ed., Marquis, A.N. Company., 1967.

External links

Coordinates: 38°07′N 76°48′W / 38.11, -76.80 Category:Northern Neck


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