Halifax County, Virginia

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Halifax County, Virginia
Seal of Halifax County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Halifax County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1752
Named for George Montague-Dunk
Seat Halifax
Largest town South Boston
Area
 • Total 830 sq mi (2,150 km2)
 • Land 818 sq mi (2,119 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 1.4%
Population
 • (2010) 36,241
 • Density 47/sq mi (18/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.oldhalifax.com

Halifax County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,241.[1] Its county seat is Halifax.[2]

History[edit]

Tobacco barn, Edgewood Farm, Halifax County

Occupied by varying cultures of indigenous peoples for thousands of years, in historic times English colonists encountered Siouan-speaking Native Americans. Halifax County was established in 1752 by English colonists from Lunenburg County. The county was named for George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax.

Through the 1990 Census, the City of South Boston in Halifax County was a separate county. South Boston became a town again and rejoined Halifax County on July 1, 1995.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 830 square miles (2,100 km2), of which 818 square miles (2,120 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.4%) is water.[3]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 14,722
1800 19,377 31.6%
1810 22,133 14.2%
1820 19,060 −13.9%
1830 28,034 47.1%
1840 25,936 −7.5%
1850 25,962 0.1%
1860 26,520 2.1%
1870 27,828 4.9%
1880 33,588 20.7%
1890 34,424 2.5%
1900 37,197 8.1%
1910 40,044 7.7%
1920 41,374 3.3%
1930 41,283 −0.2%
1940 41,271 0.0%
1950 41,442 0.4%
1960 33,637 −18.8%
1970 30,076 −10.6%
1980 30,599 1.7%
1990 29,033 −5.1%
2000 37,355 28.7%
2010 36,241 −3.0%
Est. 2012 35,849 −1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
1790-1960[5] 1900-1990[6]
1990-2000[7] 2010-2012[1]
Hog Killing on Milton Puryear Place, Dennison, Halifax County, Marion Post Wolcott, 1939

As of the census[8] of 2000, there were 37,355 people, 15,018 households, and 10,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 16,953 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.32% White, 38.02% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,018 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.20% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% 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 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,929, and the median income for a family was $37,845. Males had a median income of $27,498 versus $20,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,353. About 11.50% of families and 15.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government[edit]

Board of Supervisors[edit]

District 1: J.T. Davis, Jr. (I)

District 2: Thomas E. West (I)

District 3: William I. Fitzgerald (I)

District 4: Doug V. Bowman (I)

District 5: Barry A. Bank (I)

District 6: E. Wayne Connor (I)

District 7: Lottie T. Nunn (I)

District 8: William Bryant Claiborne (I)

Constitutional Officers[edit]

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Robert W. "Bobby" Connor (I)

Commissioner of the Revenue: Brenda P. Powell (I)

Commonwealth's Attorney: Tracy Quackenbush Martin (I)

Sheriff: Fred S. Clark (I)

Treasurer: Linda S. Foster (I)

Halifax is represented by Republicans Frank M. Ruff, Jr. and William M. "Bill" Stanley, Jr. in the Virginia Senate, Republican James E. Edmunds, II in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republican Robert J. Hurt in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 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 3, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 36°46′N 78°56′W / 36.77°N 78.94°W / 36.77; -78.94