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Dickenson County, Virginia
Seal of Dickenson County, Virginia
Map
Map of Virginia highlighting Dickenson County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1880
Seat Clintwood
Largest town Clintwood
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

334 sq mi (865 km²)
331 sq mi (857 km²)
3.1 sq mi (8 km²), 0.9%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

15,115
45/sq mi (17/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.dickensonva.org
Named for: William J. Dickenson

Dickenson County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,903. 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%
Est. 2015 15,115 −5.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 16,395 people, 6,732 households, and 4,887 families residing in the county. The population density was 49 people per square mile (19/km²). There were 7,684 housing units at an average density of 23 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 98.96% White, 0.35% Black or African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.07% Asian, 0.05% from other races, and 0.45% from two or more races. 0.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 6,732 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.00% were married couples living together, 10.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.10% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 26.90% from 45 to 64, and 14.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $23,431, and the median income for a family was $27,986. Males had a median income of $27,281 versus $17,695 for females. The per capita income for the county was $12,822. About 16.90% of families and 21.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.80% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities


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