Bedford County, Virginia
|Bedford County, Virginia|
Bedford County Courthouse
Location in the state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Named for||John Russell fourth Duke of Bedford|
|• Total||776 sq mi (2,010 km2)|
|• Land||761 sq mi (1,971 km2)|
|• Water||15 sq mi (39 km2), 1.93%|
|• Density||97/sq mi (37.26/km²)|
Bedford County is a county located in the US state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 68,676 (74,898 when combined with the former City of Bedford). Its county seat is Bedford and is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town of Bedford became an independent city in 1968, and remained the county seat. On September 14, 2011, the Bedford City Council voted to transition into a town, ending its independent city status. The supervisors of Bedford County also voted to accept the town of Bedford as part of the county when it loses city status. The town of Bedford once more became part of Bedford County on July 1, 2013.
- 1 History
- 2 Attractions
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Government
- 6 Economy
- 7 Politics
- 8 Communities
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
Bedford County was established by European Americans on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. Later in 1756, a portion of Albemarle County lying south of the James River was added. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from eastern Bedford County and the county seat was moved from New London to Liberty (now Bedford). Also in 1786, the portion of Bedford County south of the Staunton (Roanoke) River was taken with part of Henry County to form Franklin County.
- Smith Mountain Lake
- Peaks of Otter
- National D-Day Memorial
- Poplar Forest
- Beale ciphers The key to a supposed treasure buried somewhere in the county, and which has attracted hunters since the 19th century.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 776 square miles (2,009.8 km2), of which 761 square miles (1,971.0 km2) is land and 15 square miles (38.8 km2) (1.93%) is water.
Adjacent counties and city
- Rockbridge County – north
- Amherst County – northeast
- Lynchburg, Virginia – east
- Campbell County – southeast
- Pittsylvania County – south
- Franklin County – southwest
- Roanoke County – west
- Botetourt County – northwest
National protected areas
As of the census of 2000, there were 60,371 people, 23,838 households, and 18,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 26,841 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.18% White, 6.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.2% were of American, 15.6% English, 11.0% German and 9.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.
There were 23,838 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the county, the population's age distribution was: 24.00% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $43,136, and the median income for a family was $49,303. Males had a median income of $35,117 versus $23,906 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,582. About 5.20% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.
Board of Supervisors
District 1: Bill Thomasson (R)
District 2: Curry W. Martin (R)
District 3: Roger W. Cheek (I)
District 4: John Sharp (R)
District 5: Steve Arrington (R)
District 6: Annie Pollard (I)
District 7: Tammy F. Parker (R)
Clerk of the Circuit Court: Cathy C. Hogan (I)
Commissioner of the Revenue: Faye Eubank (I)
Commonwealth's Attorney: Randy C. Krantz (I)
Sheriff: Michael J. "Mike" Brown (R)
Treasurer: Rebecca C. "Becky" Jones (R)
Bedford County is represented by Republicans Ralph K. Smith and Stephen D. "Steve" Newman in the Virginia Senate, Independent Lacey E. Putney and Republicans Kathy J. Byron and T. Scott Garrett in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republicans Robert Hurt and Robert W. "Bob" Goodlatte in the U.S. House of Representatives.
Historically, Bedford County was an agricultural economy. While agriculture is still an important factor in the county's economy, Bedford County has significant residential development to serve Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Smith Mountain Lake. Tourism and retail are also becoming more significant with some new industry near Forest and New London.
|2008||68.2% 24,420||30.7% 11,017||1.1% 393|
|2004||69.8% 21,925||29.0% 9,102||1.2% 377|
|2000||65.9% 17,224||31.2% 8,160||2.9% 765|
|1996||54.1% 11,955||35.2% 7,786||10.7% 2,368|
|1992||50.6% 10,496||32.7% 6,792||16.7% 3,468|
|1988||65.3% 10,702||33.0% 5,406||1.7% 274|
|1984||68.2% 10,371||31.2% 4,754||0.6% 92|
|1980||55.8% 6,608||39.9% 4,721||4.3% 511|
|1976||45.3% 4,189||51.5% 4,766||3.1% 291|
|1972||73.4% 5,286||20.9% 1,501||5.7% 412|
|1968*||35.8% 2,807||20.1% 1,574||45.1% 3,459|
|1964||48.1% 3,806||51.5% 4,076||0.4% 32|
|1960||47.9% 2,911||51.8% 3,150||0.2% 20|
*Bedford voted for George Wallace, an Independent for President in 1968.
- Big Island
- New London
- . Weldon Cooper Center 2010 Census Count Retrieved September 13, 2011
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Faulconer, Justin. "Bedford Reversion to Town Becomes Official Today". The News and Advance (newsadvance.com). Retrieved July 21, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Bedford Area Chamber of Commerce's website
- Bedford County government's website
- Bedford Genealogical Society's website
||Botetourt County||Rockbridge County||Amherst County|
|Roanoke County||City of Lynchburg, Virginia|
|Franklin County||Pittsylvania County||Campbell County|