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Drakes Branch, Virginia
Main Street
Main Street
Official seal of Drakes Branch, Virginia
Seal
Location of Drakes Branch, Virginia
Location of Drakes Branch, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Charlotte
Area
 • Total 4.14 sq mi (10.72 km2)
 • Land 4.14 sq mi (10.72 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
384 ft (117 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 530
 • Estimate 
(2019)
501
 • Density 121.07/sq mi (46.75/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
23937
Area code 434
FIPS code 51-23376
GNIS feature ID 1465943

Drakes Branch is a town in Charlotte County, Virginia, United States. The population was 530 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Drakes Branch is located southeast of the center of Charlotte County at 36°59′35″N 78°36′6″W / 36.99306°N 78.60167°W / 36.99306; -78.60167 (36.992958, -78.601714). Virginia State Route 47 passes through the town, leading north 5 miles (8 km) to Charlotte Court House, the county seat, and southeast 7 miles (11 km) to U.S. Route 15. Virginia State Route 59 intersects Route 47 in the north part of town and leads northeast 8 miles (13 km) to Keysville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Drakes Branch has a total area of 4.1 square miles (10.7 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 87
1910 703
1920 660 −6.1%
1930 583 −11.7%
1940 438 −24.9%
1950 410 −6.4%
1960 759 85.1%
1970 702 −7.5%
1980 617 −12.1%
1990 565 −8.4%
2000 504 −10.8%
2010 530 5.2%
2019 (est.) 501 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 504 people, 231 households, and 134 families living in the town. The population density was 121.8 people per square mile (47.0/km²). There were 262 housing units at an average density of 63.3 per square mile (24.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 59.33% White, 40.08% African American, 0.20% from other races, and 0.40% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.98%.

Of the 231 households 21.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 14.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.6% were non-families. 35.5% of households were one person and 14.7% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.81.

The age distribution was 20.4% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 24.4% from 25 to 44, 28.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% 65 or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,583, and the median family income was $35,000. Males had a median income of $25,469 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,701. About 8.2% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.5% of those under age 18 and 14.3% of those age 65 or over.

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