Iron Gate, Virginia

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Iron Gate, Virginia
A CSX freight train passes through Iron Gate in 2007.
A CSX freight train passes through Iron Gate in 2007.
Nickname(s): IG
Location of Iron Gate, Virginia
Location of Iron Gate, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°47′55″N 79°47′28″W / 37.79861°N 79.79111°W / 37.79861; -79.79111Coordinates: 37°47′55″N 79°47′28″W / 37.79861°N 79.79111°W / 37.79861; -79.79111
Country United States
State Virginia
County Alleghany
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,037 ft (316 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total 404
 • Density 1,170.6/sq mi (452.0/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24448
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-40024[1]
GNIS feature ID 1493127[2]

Iron Gate is a town in Alleghany County, Virginia, United States. The population was 388 at the 2010 census.


Iron Gate is located at 37°47′55″N 79°47′28″W / 37.79861°N 79.79111°W / 37.79861; -79.79111 (37.798484, -79.791219).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land. Iron Gate is also where the head waters of the James River arise.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 404 people, 185 households, and 121 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,170.6 people per square mile (445.7/km²). There were 197 housing units at an average density of 570.8 per square mile (217.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.55% White, 5.20% African American, and 0.25% from two or more races.

There were 185 households out of which 17.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.8% 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 2.73.

In the town the population was spread out with 16.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,094, and the median income for a family was $34,464. Males had a median income of $27,222 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,703. About 7.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Iron Gate has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[4]


  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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Climate Summary for Iron Gate, Virginia