Essex County, Virginia
|Essex County, Virginia|
Essex County Courthouse in Tappahannock
Location in the state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
286 sq mi (741 km²)
258 sq mi (668 km²)
28 sq mi (73 km²), 9.84%
39/sq mi (15/km²)
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 286 square miles (740.7 km2), of which 258 square miles (668.2 km2) is land and 28 square miles (72.5 km2) (9.84%) is water. Its main town, Tappahanock, is focused at the Rappahanock River.
Adjacent Counties 
- Westmoreland County - north
- Richmond County - northeast
- Middlesex County - southeast
- King and Queen County - south
- Caroline County - west
- King George County - northwest
National protected area 
- Rappahannock River Valley National Wildlife Refuge (part) Hutchinson unit, Thomas unit
As of the census of 2000, there were 9,989 people, 3,995 households, and 2,740 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 4,926 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.96% White, 39.04% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,995 households out of which 28.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.70% were married couples living together, 14.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.40% were non-families. 26.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.90% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 27.00% from 25 to 44, 25.70% from 45 to 64, and 17.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 89.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $37,395, and the median income for a family was $43,588. Males had a median income of $29,736 versus $22,253 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,994. About 7.70% of families and 11.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.80% of those under age 18 and 11.80% of those age 65 or over.
Incorporated Communities 
Unincorporated Communities 
- Brays Fork
- Bowler's Wharf
- Center Cross
- Laneview (shares with Middlesex County)
- Miller's Tavern
- Passing (shares with Caroline County)
- Wares Wharf
Major Highways 
Essex County Public Schools (ECPS) is the public schools system for Essex County, Virginia, United States. The following schools make up the Essex County Public Schools system:
Other schools located in Essex County include:
Noted Residents 
- David George (Baptist)- African American ex-slave founder of Silver Bluff Baptist Church
- Former NBA player Xavier McDaniel once lived in this county.
- U.S. Senator Paul S. Trible, Jr. was Commonwealth's Attorney of Essex County.
- Robert Mercer Taliaferro Hunter, 1809-1887. Speaker of the House and Confederate States Secretary of State.
- Grammy award-nominated R&B singer Chris Brown was born and raised in this county.
See also 
- . Weldon Cooper Center 2010 Census Count Retrieved September 9, 2011
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- http://www.essex.k12.va.us Essex
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