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Craig County
Craig County Courthouse in New Castle
Craig County Courthouse in New Castle
Map of Virginia highlighting Craig County
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
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Virginia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Virginia
Founded 1851
Named for Robert Craig
Seat New Castle
Largest town New Castle
Area
 • Total 331 sq mi (860 km2)
 • Land 330 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Water 1.1 sq mi (3 km2)  0.3%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 4,892
 • Density 14.779/sq mi (5.706/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Craig County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 4,892. Its county seat is New Castle.

Craig County is part of the Roanoke, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Nestled in the mountains of Southwest Virginia, Craig County was named for Robert Craig, a 19th-century Virginia congressman. Formed from Botetourt, Roanoke, Giles, and Monroe (in present-day West Virginia) Counties in 1851, it was enlarged with several subsequent additions from neighboring counties. The secluded, mountainous New Castle community, the county seat, features one of the commonwealth's antebellum court complexes, including a porticoed courthouse built in 1851. Craig Healing Springs, a collection of well-preserved early-20th-century resort buildings representative of the architecture of Virginia's more modest mountain spas, is located here.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 330.6 square miles (856.3 km2), of which 329.5 square miles (853.4 km2) is land and 1.1 square miles (2.8 km2) (0.3%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Jefferson National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • SR 18
  • SR 42
  • SR 311

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 3,553
1870 2,942 −17.2%
1880 3,794 29.0%
1890 3,835 1.1%
1900 4,293 11.9%
1910 4,711 9.7%
1920 4,100 −13.0%
1930 3,562 −13.1%
1940 3,769 5.8%
1950 3,452 −8.4%
1960 3,356 −2.8%
1970 3,524 5.0%
1980 3,948 12.0%
1990 4,372 10.7%
2000 5,091 16.4%
2010 5,190 1.9%
2020 4,892 −5.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010 2020

2020 census

Craig County, Virginia - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 5,103 4,631 98.32% 94.66%
Black or African American alone (NH) 5 11 0.10% 0.22%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 6 5 0.12% 0.10%
Asian alone (NH) 8 11 0.15% 0.22%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 3 0.00% 0.06%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 1 12 0.02% 0.25%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 31 166 0.60% 3.39%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 36 53 0.69% 1.08%
Total 5,190 4,892 100.00% 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.

Communities

Town

Unincorporated communities

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