Northampton County, Virginia
|Northampton County, Virginia|
Location in the state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
|• Total||795 sq mi (2,059 km2)|
|• Land||207 sq mi (536 km2)|
|• Water||588 sq mi (1,523 km2), 73.93%|
|• Density||62/sq mi (24/km²)|
When English colonists first arrived in the area in the early 1600s, the Virginia Eastern Shore region was governed by Debedeavon (aka "The Laughing King"), paramount chief of the Accawmacke clans who numbered around 2000 at the time.
Northampton County is notable for its court case involving a former indentured servant.
In 1653, Johnson brought suit in Northampton County Court to argue that one of his servants, John Casor, was indentured to him for life. The court ruled in Johnson's favor, making Northampton County the first place to legally acknowledge that Negros could own slaves. This court decision also gives insight to how owners of indentured servants could easily choose to ignore the expiration of indentured contracts and force their servants into lifetime slavery. Even though Casor had well renowned white planters on his side, he still couldn't escape from being reduced to lifetime slavery. This displays an attitude of planters seeking more profitable methods of labor by taking advantage of Negro servants who had little chance of fighting back.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 795 square miles (2,060 km2), of which 207 square miles (540 km2) is land and 588 square miles (1,520 km2) (73.93%) is water.
Adjacent County and Independent City
National protected areas
As of the census of 2010, there were 12,389 people, 5,321 households, and 3,543 families residing in the county. The population density was 63 people per square mile (24/km²). There were 6,547 housing units at an average density of 32 per square mile (12/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.9% White, 36.5% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 3.2% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. 7.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,321 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.30% were married couples living together, 17.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.10 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $28,276, and the median income for a family was $35,034. Males had a median income of $26,842 versus $21,839 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,591. About 15.80% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.20% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.
Northampton County is home to the United States' oldest continuous court records.
- Belle Haven
- Cape Charles
- Oyster (unincorporated)
- Bayview (unincorporated)
Northampton County Public Schools operates public schools in the county.
- Abel Upshur (1791-1844), born in Northampton County, United States Secretary of State and United States Secretary of the Navy
- [http://www.coopercenter.org/demographics Weldon Cooper Center 2010 Census Count Retrieved January 26, 2011
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Klein, Herbert S. (1967). Slavery In The Americas a Comparative Study of Cuba and Virginia. University of Chicago Press.
- Foner, Philip S. (1980). History of Black Americans: From Africa to the emergence of the cotton kingdom. Oxford University Press.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
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