Floyd, Virginia

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Floyd, Virginia
Town
Floyd County Courthouse in Floyd
Floyd County Courthouse in Floyd
Location of Floyd, Virginia
Location of Floyd, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°54′44″N 80°19′6″W / 36.91222°N 80.31833°W / 36.91222; -80.31833Coordinates: 36°54′44″N 80°19′6″W / 36.91222°N 80.31833°W / 36.91222; -80.31833
Country United States
State Virginia
County Floyd
Government
 • Type Township
 • Mayor William Griffin
 • Vice Mayor Michael Patton
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,493 ft (760 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 432
 • Density 942.3/sq mi (363.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24091
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-28544[1]
GNIS feature ID 1498479[2]
Historical Marker
The Floyd Country Store, home of famous "Friday Night Jamboree" of bluegrass music.
Hardware store at the main intersection

Floyd is a town in Floyd County, Virginia, United States. The population was 425 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Floyd County[3]. The Town of Floyd was originally named Jacksonville as the surrounding county was formed during the tenure of President Andrew Jackson. The name was subsequently changed to Floyd for Virginia governor John Floyd.[4]

History[edit]

The Floyd Historic District, Floyd Presbyterian Church, Glenanna, Phlegar Farm, and Oakdale are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Geography[edit]

Floyd is located at 36°54′44″N 80°19′6″W / 36.91222°N 80.31833°W / 36.91222; -80.31833 (36.912150, -80.318408)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.5 square miles (1.2 km²), all of it land.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 432 people, 238 households, and 117 families residing in the town. The population density was 942.3 people per square mile (362.6/km²). There were 264 housing units at an average density of 575.9 per square mile (221.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.29% White, 4.63% African American, 0.23% Asian, 0.23% Pacific Islander, 0.69% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.69% of the population.

There were 238 households out of which 18.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.0% were married couples living together, 12.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 50.8% were non-families. 49.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 31.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.82 and the average family size was 2.57.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.5% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 22.7% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 30.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48 years. For every 100 females there were 70.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 66.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,781, and the median income for a family was $40,938. Males had a median income of $27,232 versus $19,464 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,557. About 10.4% of families and 13.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education[edit]

Two Floyd County Public Schools are located in the town limits. Floyd is home to Floyd County High School, the only high school in the county, and Floyd Elementary School, one of Floyd County's four K-7 institutions. There is no Middle School in Floyd County.

Culture[edit]

The Town of Floyd is becoming known as a regional destination for music, especially bluegrass music, and old-time music. The Friday Night Jamboree, which features local and area bands, has been held each Friday night in Floyd for many years, gaining in popularity very recently. Floyd is also home to a very large counter-culture movement. There are other musical venues and stages in the town, featuring many different styles of music. The Winter Sun, a complex in downtown Floyd, frequently hosts shows for bands. Floyd is also home to an increasing amount of classical music, including the National Music Festival, which will host its first season in Floyd in 2011. The Town also is home to County Sales, a notable music distribution company founded by David Freeman focusing on old-time, bluegrass and related music.[7]

Floyd is also becoming a popular location for film production. In the fall of 2013, a low-budget romantic comedy written and directed by Mike Kravinsky was filmed in Floyd.[8]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Floyd has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 127. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ Wyatt, Marshall (August 11, 1999). ""Every County Has Its Own Personality", An Interview With David Freeman". The Old-Time Herald (Durham, NC) 7 (2). Retrieved 2009-07-15. 
  8. ^ http://www.tricities.com/swvatoday/news/floyd/article_5aa9e122-2c6e-11e3-b1d0-0019bb30f31a.html
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Floyd, Virginia

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