Clifton Forge, Virginia

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Clifton Forge, Virginia
Downtown Clifton Forge
Downtown Clifton Forge
Official seal of Clifton Forge, Virginia
Clifton Forge is located in Shenandoah Valley
Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge is located in Virginia
Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge is located in the US
Clifton Forge
Clifton Forge
Coordinates: 37°49′11″N 79°49′25″W / 37.81972°N 79.82361°W / 37.81972; -79.82361
Country United States
State Virginia
County Alleghany
 • Total 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Land 3.1 sq mi (8.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,083 ft (330 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,884
 • Density 1,252.9/sq mi (485.5/km2)
ZIP code 24422
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-17440[1]
GNIS feature ID 1492780[2]
Website Official website
Masonic Amphitheater in Clifton Forge

Clifton Forge is a town in Alleghany County, Virginia, United States which is part of the Roanoke Region.[3] The population was 3,884 at the 2010 census. The Jackson River flows through the town, which as a result was once known as Jackson's River Station.

Clifton Forge was an independent city during the 2000 census. However, in 2001, Clifton Forge gave up its city status and reverted to a town. In previous decades, the railroad was a major employer. Clifton Forge is known for its mountain views and clear streams.


Clifton Forge Commercial Historic District, Clifton Forge Residential Historic District, Clifton Furnace, Jefferson School, and Longdale Furnace Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4][5]


Amtrak, the national passenger rail service, provides service to the Clifton Forge station with the Cardinal route. Also Clifton Forge serves a major locomotive fuel facility for CSX Transportation and is home to the Chesapeake & Ohio Historical Society and C&O Railway Heritage Center.

Clifton Forge is serviced by three major highways, Interstate 64, US 60, and US 220.


Clifton Forge is located at 37°49′11″N 79°49′24″W / 37.81972°N 79.82333°W / 37.81972; -79.82333 (37.819801, -79.823584).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town had a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2), all land.

Portions of the town were built upon a bridge, elevating the town above a stream.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 1,792
1900 3,579 99.7%
1910 5,748 60.6%
1920 6,164 7.2%
1930 6,839 11.0%
1940 6,461 −5.5%
1950 5,795 −10.3%
1960 5,268 −9.1%
1970 5,501 4.4%
1980 5,046 −8.3%
1990 4,679 −7.3%
2000 4,289 −8.3%
2010 3,884 −9.4%
Est. 2016 3,715 [7] −4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 3,884 people, 1,701 households, and 982 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,252.9 people per square mile (485.5/km²). There were 2,004 housing units at an average density of 646.5 per square mile (225.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.4% White, 11.8% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.4% from other races, and 2.8% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.7% of the population.

There were 1,701 households out of which 23.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 37.8% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% were non-families. 37.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the city, the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 6.8% from 18 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 28.5% from 45 to 64, and 22.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45.8 years. For every 100 females there were 87.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,256, and the median income for a family was $53,547. Males had a median income of $38,500 versus $29,630 for females. The per capita income for the city was $20,833. About 14.3% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.4% of those under age 18 and 10.4% of those age 65 or over.


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

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Roanoke Region of Virginia
  4. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/13/12 through 8/17/12. National Park Service. 2012-08-24. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  9. ^ Climate Summary for Clifton Forge, Virginia

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Coordinates: 37°49′11″N 79°49′25″W / 37.819801°N 79.823584°W / 37.819801; -79.823584