Honaker, Virginia

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Honaker, Virginia
Town
Honaker cab.jpg
Nickname(s): Redbud Capital of the World
Location of Honaker, Virginia
Location of 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
Country United States,
State Virginia
County Russell
Area
 • Total 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Land 0.5 sq mi (1.4 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,870 ft (570 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,449
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24260
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-38280[1]
GNIS feature ID 1468202[2]
Website www.honakerva.com

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

History[edit]

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]

Geography[edit]

Honaker is located at 37°1′1″N 81°58′25″W / 37.01694°N 81.97361°W / 37.01694; -81.97361 (37.017071, -81.973674),[4] 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.

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 295
1910 369 25.1%
1920 755 104.6%
1930 710 −6.0%
1940 851 19.9%
1950 847 −0.5%
1960 851 0.5%
1970 911 7.1%
1980 1,475 61.9%
1990 950 −35.6%
2000 945 −0.5%
2010 1,449 53.3%
Est. 2015 1,392 [5] −3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

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,[7] celebrating its status as "Redbud Capital of the World".[8]

The town is currently undergoing a restoration project in order to make a welcome center,shopping,& park . This project is expected to be completed by mid 2020.[9]

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. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2015". Retrieved July 2, 2016. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ Honaker Redbud Festival website
  8. ^ Doug Doughty, Honaker's favorite son, The Roanoke Times, February 4, 2006
  9. ^ Honaker, VA website

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