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Greensville County, Virginia
Seal of Greensville County, Virginia
Map
Map of Virginia highlighting Greensville County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1780
Seat Emporia
Largest town Jarratt
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

297 sq mi (769 km²)
295 sq mi (764 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.5%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

11,885
40/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.greensvillecountyva.gov

Greensville County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 12,243. Its county seat is Emporia.

History

Greensville County was established in 1781 from Brunswick County. The county is probably named for Sir Richard Grenville, leader of the settlement on Roanoke Island, 1585. There is also belief that it may be named after Nathanael Greene, a major general of the Continental Army and one of George Washington's brightest officers.

An early chapter of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People was formed in Greensville County and Emporia (the county seat) in May 1940, under the leadership of dentist Dr. F. A. Sealy, of Boydton, Virginia and president of the Mecklenburg County, Virginia branch. However he died in 1943, as efforts to desegregate the county's schools began with the assistance of attorneys Oliver W. Hill. After service in World War II, Hill's colleague Samuel W. Tucker moved to Emporia, married a schoolteacher and became the county's only African American attorney, as well as a leader in desegregating schools across Virginia.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 297 square miles (770 km2), of which 295 square miles (760 km2) is land and 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) (0.5%) is water.

The Meherrin River forms the boundary between Greensville County and Southampton County.

Adjacent counties / independent city

Major highways

  • I-95
  • US 58
  • US 301
  • SR 139
  • SR 186

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 6,362
1800 6,727 5.7%
1810 6,853 1.9%
1820 6,858 0.1%
1830 7,117 3.8%
1840 6,366 −10.6%
1850 5,639 −11.4%
1860 6,374 13.0%
1870 6,362 −0.2%
1880 8,407 32.1%
1890 8,230 −2.1%
1900 9,758 18.6%
1910 11,890 21.8%
1920 11,606 −2.4%
1930 13,388 15.4%
1940 14,866 11.0%
1950 16,319 9.8%
1960 16,155 −1.0%
1970 9,604 −40.6%
1980 10,903 13.5%
1990 8,853 −18.8%
2000 11,560 30.6%
2010 12,243 5.9%
Est. 2015 11,885 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2012

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 12,243 people residing in the county. 59.8% were Black or African American, 38.5% White, 0.3% Asian, 0.2% Native American, 0.3% of some other race and 0.8% of two or more races. 1.4% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,560 people, 3,375 households, and 2,396 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 3,765 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 38.94% White, 59.75% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,375 households out of which 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.80% were married couples living together, 16.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 25.40% 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 2.51 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 18.20% under the age of 18, 7.40% from 18 to 24, 38.70% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 160.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 177.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,002, and the median income for a family was $38,810. Males had a median income of $24,919 versus $19,849 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,632. 14.70% of the population and 12.40% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.00% are under the age of 18 and 18.60% are 65 or older.

Communities

Although Emporia lies within the boundaries of Greensville County and serves as the county seat, it is an independent city and thus not part of the county.

Town

Unincorporated communities


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