Troutdale, Virginia

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Troutdale, Virginia
Post office and bank
Post office and bank
Location of Troutdale, Virginia
Location of Troutdale, Virginia
Coordinates: 36°42′3″N 81°26′41″W / 36.70083°N 81.44472°W / 36.70083; -81.44472Coordinates: 36°42′3″N 81°26′41″W / 36.70083°N 81.44472°W / 36.70083; -81.44472
CountryUnited States
 • Total3.13 sq mi (8.10 km2)
 • Land3.12 sq mi (8.09 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
3,127 ft (953 m)
 • Total178
 • Estimate 
 • Density53.14/sq mi (20.52/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)276
FIPS code51-79456[3]
GNIS feature ID2391451[4]

Troutdale is a town in Grayson County, Virginia, United States.[4] The population was 178 at the 2010 census.[5]


Troutdale is located at 36°42′3″N 81°26′41″W / 36.70083°N 81.44472°W / 36.70083; -81.44472 (36.700963, -81.444823).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.1 square miles (8.1 km2), all land.


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, Troutdale has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.[7]


Troutdale was chartered as a town by the Virginia Legislature in 1906 and remains an incorporated town with a council and mayor. The Troutdale town limit is a circle of 1 mile radius. In 1930, Carrie Wright was elected as mayor, possibly the first female mayor in Virginia.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)166[2]−6.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]

The original 2000 census listed Troutdale with a population of 1,230, a very sharp increase from 192 in 1990. This, and the similarly anomalous figure of 30.89% African-American population, was the result of a tabulation error in which much of the population of Wise County's correctional facilities were counted as Troutdale residents. census revision

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,230 people, 79 households, and 56 families living in the town. The population density was 395.5 inhabitants per square mile (152.7/km2). There were 111 housing units at an average density of 35.7 per square mile (13.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 67.80% White, 30.89% African American, 0.41% Asian, 0.81% from other races, and 0.08% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.89% of the population.

There were 79 households, out of which 21.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.1% were non-families. 22.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 7.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.93.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,438, and the median income for a family was $45,833. Males had a median income of $24,258 versus $16,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,139. About 3.2% of families and 3.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 5.6% of those under age 18 and 2.9% of those age 65 or over.


The Troutdale Fire Department sponsors "Troutdale Days" on the second Saturday of August each year, including a parade, contests, entertainment, and food.

Notable natives and residents[edit]

Further reading[edit]

  • Fussell, Fred C. (2003). Blue Ridge Music Trails: Finding a Place in the Circle. North Carolina Folklife Institute. 080785459X.
  • Clayton, Ed (2016). A History of Troutdale Virginia: Living In the Land of the Rhododendron, the Balsam Tree, and the Mountain Trout.
  • David Combs (2014). Troutdale Boy: The story of a correctional worker from Appalachia. Waldenhouse Publishers, Inc.


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Town of Troutdale". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey. Retrieved February 25, 2014.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ Climate Summary for Troutdale, Virginia
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  9. ^ "Ripshin Farm". National Historic Landmark summary listing. National Park Service. Archived from the original on 2011-06-06. Retrieved 2008-04-16.