South Hill, Virginia

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South Hill, Virginia
Town
Route 1 in downtown South Hill
Route 1 in downtown South Hill
Location of South Hill, Virginia
Location of South Hill, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°43′36″N 78°7′50″W / 36.72667°N 78.13056°W / 36.72667; -78.13056Coordinates: 36°43′36″N 78°7′50″W / 36.72667°N 78.13056°W / 36.72667; -78.13056
Country United States
State Virginia
County Mecklenburg
Area
 • Total 9.31 sq mi (16.4 km2)
 • Land 9.31 sq mi (16.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 466 ft (142 m)
Population (2006)
 • Total 4,608
 • Density 696.2/sq mi (268.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 23970
Area code(s) 434
FIPS code 51-73904[1]
GNIS feature ID 1484872[2]

South Hill is a town in Mecklenburg County, Virginia, United States. As of the 2006 census, total population was 4,608. Located on major Interstate and U.S. highways, it has a full-service hospital (serving patients from several rural counties), a tobacco market, and several hotels. South Hill has a close relationship with the neighboring town of La Crosse. Lake Gaston, a large reservoir popular with boaters and fishermen, is a short distance to the southwest.

The Colonial Theatre was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.[3]

Geography[edit]

South Hill is located at 36°43′36″N 78°7′50″W / 36.72667°N 78.13056°W / 36.72667; -78.13056 (36.726759, -78.130597).[4]

The town has a total area of 9.31 square miles (16.4 km²), of which 9.27 square miles (16.4 km²) is land and 0.04 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.47%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 4,650 people, 1,809 households, and 1,190 families residing in the town. The population density was 696.2 people per square mile (269.0/km²). There were 1,988 housing units at an average density of 314.4 per square mile (121.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 10.37% White, 90.43% African American, 0.30% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.39% from other races, and 0.52% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.57% of the population.

There were 1,809 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.2% were non-families. 30.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.8% had someone living alone who was 16 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.2% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.0% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 77.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 70.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,078, and the median income for a family was $38,156. Males had a median income of $30,128 versus $21,996 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,319. About 14.3% of families and 18.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.9% of those under age 18 and 11.2% of those age 65 or over.


Political Trends[edit]

2008 Presidential Candidates Contributions from South Hill, VA [5]
Candidate Party Total Contributions
Obama, Barack Dem $62,311
McCain, John Rep $59,990
Paul, Ron Rep $39,257
Clinton, Hillary Dem $34,777
Huckabee, Mike Rep $23,650
Keyes, Alan Rep $550

In previous years, election returns have shown that South Hill citizens favored Republican candidates (more often at 60% or above) in state and national elections since 1996.[6]

In the 2006 election cycle, while donations from residents to Democratic and Republican candidates and organizations were almost evenly divided, citizens favored Republican candidate George Allen over Democratic candidate Jim Webb.[7][8] Webb eventually went on to win the election.

In 2007-2008, contributions to presidential campaigns favored Republican candidates overall, although the top single recipient as of March was Democratic Senator Barack Obama. The 283 South Hill voters who participated in the state's February 12 Democratic primary also favored Obama over Senator Hillary Clinton, 58% to 41%;[9] the 244 Republican primary voters supported Senator John McCain (62.3%) over Governor Mike Huckabee (34.8%).[10]


Local government[edit]

South Hill is governed by a council-manager government more specifically the weak mayoral system with an eight member town council and a mayor.

'Weak' is not a derogatory term here. In this form of the mayor-council government, the council possess both legislative and executive authority. The council may appoint officials and must approve of mayoral nominations. The council also exercises primary control over the municipal budget. It comes from the belief that if politicians have few powers and many checks, then they can do relatively little damage." This form of government is most commonly used in small towns like South Hill.

Members of the South Hill Town Council:
Chad J. Barbour
Lillie Feggins-Boone
M.B. "Millie" Bracey
Gregg Harper
J. Woodrow "Woody" Kidd
Mike Moody
C. Leroy Sasser

Mayor: Earl O. Horne

The daily operation of South Hill is overseen by a town manager, Kim Callis.

The town council and mayor seats are non-partisan, and elections are held every four years.

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. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ OpenSecrets.org authors. "top presidential candidates receiving contributions from 23970". Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  6. ^ Virginia State Board of Elections. "Election Results". Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  7. ^ OpenSecrets.org authors. "23970 Top Recipients (2006 Election Cycle)". Retrieved 2007-01-15. 
  8. ^ Virginia State Board of Elections. "Election Results". Retrieved 2008-03-05. [dead link]
  9. ^ Virginia State Board of Elections. "Democratic Primary Results". Retrieved 2008-03-05. 
  10. ^ Virginia State Board of Elections. "Republican Primary Results". Retrieved 2008-03-05.