Honaker, Virginia

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Honaker, Virginia
Railroad Avenue downtown
Railroad Avenue downtown
Redbud Capital of the World
Honaker, Virginia is located in Virginia
Honaker, Virginia
Honaker, Virginia
Honaker, Virginia is located in the US
Honaker, Virginia
Honaker, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°1′1″N 81°58′25″W / 37.01694°N 81.97361°W / 37.01694; -81.97361Coordinates: 37°1′1″N 81°58′25″W / 37.01694°N 81.97361°W / 37.01694; -81.97361
CountryUnited States,
 • Total0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,870 ft (570 m)
 • Total1,449
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)276
FIPS code51-38280[1]
GNIS feature ID1468202[2]

Honaker is a town in Russell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,449 at the 2010 census.


Honaker was settled as early as 1772 when William Ferrill established a homesite in the area. During Dunmore's War of 1774 a fort, known as New Garden Fort, was established to protect the settlers from Indian raids.

The Honaker Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2009.[3]


Honaker is located in the Clinch River watershed.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.4 km²), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20161,365[4]−5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 1449 people and 684 households. The racial makeup of the town was 98.83% White, 0.20% African American, 0.28% Native American, and 0.69% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were .35% of the population.

There were 684 households out of which 23.39% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The number of vacant housing in Honaker was 5.59%. In the town, the population was spread out with 21.95% under the age of 18, 5.94% from 20 to 24, 12.84% from 25 to 34, 19.81% from 35 to 49, 20.63% from 50 to 64, and 17.05% who were 65 years of age or older.

The median income for a household in the town was $22,969, and the median income for a family was $28,611. Males had a median income of $26,071 versus $17,386 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,888. About 20.4% of families and 27.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.9% of those under age 18 and 17.2% of those age 65 or over.

Events and attractions[edit]

Honaker holds the Honaker Redbud Festival each spring,[6] celebrating its status as "Redbud Capital of the World".[7]

The town is currently undergoing a restoration project in order to make a welcome center, shopping and park . This project is expected to be completed by mid 2020.[8]


  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 Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Honaker Redbud Festival website
  7. ^ Doug Doughty, Honaker's favorite son, The Roanoke Times, February 4, 2006
  8. ^ Honaker, VA website Archived 2008-06-17 at the Wayback Machine.

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