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Covington, Virginia
Main Street in Covington, Virginia
Main Street in Covington, Virginia
Official seal of Covington, Virginia
Covington, Virginia is located in Shenandoah Valley
Covington, Virginia
Covington, Virginia
Location in Shenandoah Valley
Covington, Virginia is located in Virginia
Covington, Virginia
Covington, Virginia
Location in Virginia
Covington, Virginia is located in the United States
Covington, Virginia
Covington, Virginia
Location in the United States
Country United States
State Virginia
County None (Independent city)
 • Total 5.67 sq mi (14.69 km2)
 • Land 5.47 sq mi (14.16 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
1,250 ft (381 m)
 • Total 5,737
 • Density 1,011.8/sq mi (390.54/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-19728
GNIS feature ID 1498470

Covington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,737, making it the second-least populous city in Virginia. It is surrounded by Alleghany County, of which it is also the county seat. Located at the confluence of Jackson River and Dunlap Creek, Covington is one of three cities (with Roanoke and Salem) in the Roanoke Regional Partnership. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Covington with Alleghany county for statistical purposes.


Covington's economy is dominated by Westrock, which has been operating in the city since 1899. The facility employs about 1300 workers, mostly from Covington and Alleghany County. Its production includes bleached paper and paperboard for packaging, and is the second largest on the East Coast.

Both Alleghany County, VA and Covington City are known for the low cost of their housing markets and close proximity to The Homestead in Bath County (VA), Lexington (VA), The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs (WV), Lewisburg (WV), and Roanoke (VA), each of which is within about a 45-minute drive.


According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) (3.6%) is water. The city lies along both sides of the Jackson River.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 436
1890 704 61.5%
1900 2,950 319.0%
1910 4,234 43.5%
1920 5,623 32.8%
1930 6,538 16.3%
1940 6,300 −3.6%
1950 5,860 −7.0%
1960 11,062 88.8%
1970 10,060 −9.1%
1980 9,063 −9.9%
1990 6,991 −22.9%
2000 6,303 −9.8%
2010 5,961 −5.4%
2020 5,737 −3.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2020

2020 census

Covington city, Virginia - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 4,955 4,541 83.12% 79.15%
Black or African American alone (NH) 741 716 12.43% 12.48%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 18 12 0.30% 0.21%
Asian alone (NH) 33 32 0.55% 0.56%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 5 0.00% 0.09%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 8 11 0.13% 0.19%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 114 241 1.91% 4.20%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 92 179 1.54% 3.12%
Total 5,961 5,737 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Covington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.



Covington has a team in the Valley Baseball League called the Lumberjacks.


Covington has one 8–12 high school (Covington High School), one 4–7 middle school called (Jeter-Watson), one pre-kindergarten through third grade elementary school (Edgemont Primary), one State Governors School (Jackson River Governor's School), one technical center for high-school students (Jackson River Technical Center), and one community college (Dabney S. Lancaster).



The area is serviced by Interstate 64 (east-west) and Route 220 (north-south) offering rail, truck and interstate access to the area. Rail passenger service is provided at the Amtrak station in Clifton Forge, VA 12 miles away.

Fire protection

Fire protection is provided by the Covington Fire Department, which was chartered on March 4, 1902. The Covington Rescue Squad provides emergency medical services to the city of Covington. Both the fire department and rescue squad are volunteer organizations. The rescue squad was organized in 1933 and is the third oldest volunteer rescue squad in Virginia.

Notable people

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