Smyth County, Virginia

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Smyth County, Virginia
SmythCoCourthouse.jpg
Smyth County Courthouse in Marion, Virginia
Seal of Smyth County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Smyth County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1832
Named for Alexander Smyth
Seat Marion
Largest town Marion
Area
 • Total 452 sq mi (1,171 km2)
 • Land 451 sq mi (1,168 km2)
 • Water 1.4 sq mi (4 km2), 0.3%
Population
 • (2010) 32,208
 • Density 73/sq mi (28/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.smythcounty.org

Smyth County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,208.1 Its county seat is Marion.2

History

Smyth County was formed on February 23, 1832, from Washington and Wythe counties. The county is named after Alexander Smyth, a general during the War of 1812 who was elected to the state Senate, House of Delegates, and as a Representative to the United States Congress.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 452 square miles (1,170 km2), of which 451 square miles (1,170 km2) is land and 1.4 square miles (3.6 km2) (0.3%) is water.3

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,522
1850 8,162 25.1%
1860 8,952 9.7%
1870 8,898 −0.6%
1880 12,160 36.7%
1890 13,360 9.9%
1900 17,121 28.2%
1910 20,326 18.7%
1920 22,125 8.9%
1930 25,125 13.6%
1940 28,861 14.9%
1950 30,187 4.6%
1960 31,066 2.9%
1970 31,349 0.9%
1980 33,366 6.4%
1990 32,370 −3.0%
2000 33,081 2.2%
2010 32,208 −2.6%
Est. 2012 31,718 −1.5%
U.S. Decennial Census4
1790-19605 1900-19906
1990-20007 2010-20121

As of the census8 of 2000, there were 33,081 people, 13,493 households, and 9,607 families residing in the county. The population density was 73 people per square mile (28/km²). There were 15,111 housing units at an average density of 33 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 96.86% White, 1.87% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.32% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 0.86% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 13,493 households out of which 29.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.70% were married couples living together, 11.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.80% were non-families. 26.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 28.10% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,083, and the median income for a family was $36,392. Males had a median income of $26,698 versus $19,712 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,105. About 9.90% of families and 13.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.20% of those under age 18 and 14.00% of those age 65 or over.

Tourism

The Smyth County Tourism Association was formed in April 2006 to promote sustainable tourism development and manages the operation of the state-certified H.L. Bonham Regional Development and Tourism Center. The organization markets the area through www.VisitVirginiaMountains.com

Education

Public High Schools

Communities

Towns

Unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 5, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

Coordinates: 36°50′N 81°32′W / 36.84°N 81.53°W / 36.84; -81.53








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