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Craig County Courthouse in New Castle
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
Virginia's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Robert Craig|
|Largest town||New Castle|
|• Total||331 sq mi (860 km2)|
|• Land||330 sq mi (900 km2)|
|• Water||1.1 sq mi (3 km2) 0.3%|
|• Density||14.779/sq mi (5.706/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Craig County is part of the Roanoke, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.
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.
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.
- Alleghany County – north
- Botetourt County – east
- Roanoke County – southeast
- Montgomery County – south
- Giles County – southwest
- Monroe County, West Virginia – west
National protected area
- Jefferson National Forest (part)
- SR 18
- SR 42
- SR 311
|U.S. Decennial Census
1990–2000 2010 2020
|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%|
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.
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