Greene County, Virginia

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Greene County, Virginia
Greene County Courthouse (Built 1838), Stanardsville, (Greene County, Virginia).jpg
Courthouse, built 1838, in Stanardsville
Seal of Greene County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Greene County
Location in the U.S. state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1838
Named for Nathanael Greene
Seat Stanardsville
Largest town Stanardsville
 • Total 157 sq mi (407 km2)
 • Land 156 sq mi (404 km2)
 • Water 0.7 sq mi (2 km2), 0.4%
Population (est.)
 • (2016) 19,785
 • Density 127/sq mi (49/km²)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Greene County is a county in central Virginia in the eastern United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 18,403.[1] Its county seat is Stanardsville.[2]

Greene County is part of the Charlottesville, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Nathanael Greene, for whom the county was named

Greene County was established in 1838 from Orange County. The county is named for American Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.[3]

A major incident occurred on October 24, 1979, when a natural gas main ruptured, causing an explosion. The resulting fire destroyed the bell tower of the county courthouse and county office building. However, quick action by the firemen on the scene saved the county records which were secured in the vault.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 156.8 square miles (406.1 km2), of which 156.1 square miles (404.3 km2) is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2) (0.4%) is water.[4] It is the second-smallest county in Virginia by total area.

Adjacent counties[edit]

National protected areas[edit]

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Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 4,232
1850 4,400 4.0%
1860 5,022 14.1%
1870 4,634 −7.7%
1880 5,830 25.8%
1890 5,622 −3.6%
1900 6,214 10.5%
1910 6,937 11.6%
1920 6,369 −8.2%
1930 5,980 −6.1%
1940 5,218 −12.7%
1950 4,745 −9.1%
1960 4,715 −0.6%
1970 5,248 11.3%
1980 7,625 45.3%
1990 10,297 35.0%
2000 15,244 48.0%
2010 18,403 20.7%
Est. 2016 19,785 [5] 7.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2015[1]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there are 18,403 people, 6,780 households, and 5,072 families residing in the county. The population density is 117.8 people per square mile (38/km²). There are 7,509 housing units at an average density of 48.1 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 87.6% White, 6.3% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 4.2% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 6,780 households out of which 32.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 59% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 25.2% are non-families. 20.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 6.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.69 and the average family size is 3.08. The median age for all individuals in the county is 59.3 years.

The median income for a household in the county is $54,307 and median family income is $60,414. The per capita income for the county is $24,696. 8.4% of the population and 4.9% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.6% of those under the age of 18 and 11.8% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.


Board of Supervisors[edit]

At-Large District: Dale Herring (I)

Midway District: Jim Frydl (I)

Monroe District: David L. Cox (I)

Ruckersville District: Michelle Flynn (I)

Stanardsville District: Bill Martin (I)

Constitutional Officers[edit]

Clerk of the Circuit Court: Marie C. Durrer (I)

Commissioner of the Revenue: Larry V. "Percy" Snow (I)

Commonwealth's Attorney: Ronald L. Morris (I)

Sheriff: Steven S. Smith (R)

Treasurer: Stephanie Allen Deal (I)

Greene is represented by Republican Emmett E. Hanger, Jr. in the Virginia Senate, Republican Robert B. Bell, III in the Virginia House of Delegates and Republican Robert J. Hurt in the U.S. House of Representatives.

Public Services[edit]

Jefferson-Madison Regional Library is the regional library system that provides services to the citizens of Greene.



Census-designated places[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 143. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Virginia Population Estimates". Weldon Cooper Center for Public Center at the University of Virginia. Retrieved February 12, 2016. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 2, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 38°18′N 78°28′W / 38.30°N 78.47°W / 38.30; -78.47