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Dickenson County
Dickenson County Courthouse in Clintwood
Dickenson County Courthouse in Clintwood
Official seal of Dickenson County
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Map of Virginia highlighting Dickenson 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 1880
Named for William J. Dickenson
Seat Clintwood
Largest town Clintwood
Area
 • Total 334 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Land 331 sq mi (860 km2)
 • Water 3.1 sq mi (8 km2)  0.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 14,124
 • Density 42.29/sq mi (16.327/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Dickenson County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2020 census, the population was 14,124. Its county seat is Clintwood.

History

Dickenson County, formed in 1880 from parts of Buchanan County, Russell County, and Wise County, is Virginia's youngest county. It was named for William J. Dickenson, delegate to the Virginia General Assembly from Russell County, 1859–1861, 1865–1867, and 1877–1882.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 334 square miles (870 km2), of which 331 square miles (860 km2) is land and 3.1 square miles (8.0 km2) (0.9%) is water.

Districts

The county is divided into five magisterial districts with a supervisor elected for each district every four years. The districts are: Clintwood, Ervinton, Sandlick, Kenady, and Willis.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Jefferson National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • SR 63
  • SR 72
  • SR 80 (U.S. Bicycle Route 76)
  • SR 83

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 5,077
1900 7,747 52.6%
1910 9,199 18.7%
1920 13,542 47.2%
1930 16,163 19.4%
1940 21,266 31.6%
1950 23,393 10.0%
1960 20,211 −13.6%
1970 16,077 −20.5%
1980 19,806 23.2%
1990 17,620 −11.0%
2000 16,395 −7.0%
2010 15,903 −3.0%
2020 14,124 −11.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010 2020

2020 census

Dickenson County, Virginia - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010 Pop 2020 % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 15,650 13,691 98.41% 96.93%
Black or African American alone (NH) 51 48 0.32% 0.34%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 23 22 0.14% 0.16%
Asian alone (NH) 17 12 0.11% 0.08%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 2 0.00% 0.01%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 9 12 0.06% 0.08%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 67 254 0.42% 1.80%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 86 83 0.54% 0.59%
Total 15,903 14,124 100.00% 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

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities

Education

Public High Schools

  • Ridgeview High School

Public Middle Schools

  • Ridgeview Middle School

Public Elementary Schools

  • Clintwood Elementary School
  • Sandlick Elementary School
  • Ervinton Elementary School

Notable residents

  • Justin Hamilton, former NFL player for Washington Redskins
  • Darrell "Shifty" Powers, World War II (D-day) veteran, Company E ("Easy Company") 506th Parachute Infantry Regiment, U.S. 101st Airborne Division (portrayed in the HBO miniseries "Band of Brothers")
  • Trazel Silvers, former professional basketball player for the Harlem Globetrotters and in Europe.
  • Ralph Stanley and Carter Stanley, The Stanley Brothers, bluegrass musicians
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