Norton, Virginia

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Norton, Virginia
City
A view overlooking Norton, Virginia
A view overlooking Norton, Virginia
Official seal of Norton, Virginia
Seal
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 36°56′12″N 82°37′30″W / 36.93667°N 82.62500°W / 36.93667; -82.62500Coordinates: 36°56′12″N 82°37′30″W / 36.93667°N 82.62500°W / 36.93667; -82.62500
Country United States
State Virginia
Founded 1894
Named for Eckstein Norton
Government
 • Mayor William Mays
Area
 • Total 7.5 sq mi (19 km2)
 • Land 7.5 sq mi (19 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2)
Elevation 2,684 ft (818 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,958
 • Density 529/sq mi (204/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24273
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-57688[1]
GNIS feature ID 1485924[2]
Website http://www.nortonva.org/

Norton is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 3,958,[3] making it the least populous city in Virginia. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Norton with surrounding Wise County for statistical purposes.

History[edit]

Norton was named for Eckstein Norton, a railroad official.[4]

The Country Cabin and Hotel Norton are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Government[edit]

Mayor: William Mays

Sheriff: Carlos Noaks

City Manager: Fred Ramey

Commissioner of the Revenue: Judy Miller

Treasurer: Barbara Muir

Clerk of the Court J. Jack Kennedy, Jr.

Education[edit]

Geography[edit]

Norton is located at 36°56′12″N 82°37′31″W / 36.936805°N 82.625146°W / 36.936805; -82.625146, along the Powell and Guest Rivers.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19 km2), virtually all of which is land.

Major highways[edit]

Demographic[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 4,996
1970 4,001 −19.9%
1980 4,757 18.9%
1990 4,247 −10.7%
2000 3,904 −8.1%
2010 3,958 1.4%
Est. 2012 4,068 2.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[3]

As of the census[10] of 2000, there were 3,904 people, 1,730 households, and 1,067 families residing in the city. The population density was 518.5 people per square mile (200.2/km²). There were 1,946 housing units at an average density of 258.4 per square mile (99.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.57% White, 6.15% Black, 0.08% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

There were 1,730 households out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 15.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.3% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.23 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 10.2% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 15.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 81.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $22,788, and the median income for a family was $30,889. Males had a median income of $30,000 versus $23,229 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,024. About 19.1% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.7% of those under age 18 and 12.1% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "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. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  4. ^ Tennis, Joe (2004). Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See. The Overmountain Press. p. 19. ISBN 978-1-57072-256-1. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 6, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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