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Halifax County, Virginia
Seal of Halifax County, Virginia
Map
Map of Virginia highlighting Halifax County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1752
Seat Halifax
Largest town South Boston
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

830 sq mi (2,150 km²)
818 sq mi (2,119 km²)
12 sq mi (31 km²), 1.4%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

35,125
42/sq mi (16/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.oldhalifax.com
Named for: George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax

Halifax County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,241. Its county seat is Halifax.

History

Tobacco barn .Edgewood Farm
Tobacco barn, Edgewood Farm, Halifax County

Occupied by varying cultures of indigenous peoples for thousands of years, in historic times English colonists encountered Siouan-speaking Native Americans. Halifax County was established in 1752 by English colonists from Lunenburg County. The county was named for George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax.

Through the 1990 Census, the City of South Boston in Halifax County was a separate county. South Boston became a town again and rejoined Halifax County on July 1, 1995.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 830 square miles (2,100 km2), of which 818 square miles (2,120 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (1.4%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Major highways

  • US 15
  • US 58
  • US 360
  • US 501
  • SR 34
  • SR 40
  • SR 49
  • SR 92
  • SR 96
  • SR 129
  • SR 304

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 14,722
1800 19,377 31.6%
1810 22,133 14.2%
1820 19,060 −13.9%
1830 28,034 47.1%
1840 25,936 −7.5%
1850 25,962 0.1%
1860 26,520 2.1%
1870 27,828 4.9%
1880 33,588 20.7%
1890 34,424 2.5%
1900 37,197 8.1%
1910 40,044 7.7%
1920 41,374 3.3%
1930 41,283 −0.2%
1940 41,271 0.0%
1950 41,442 0.4%
1960 33,637 −18.8%
1970 30,076 −10.6%
1980 30,599 1.7%
1990 29,033 −5.1%
2000 37,355 28.7%
2010 36,241 −3.0%
Est. 2015 35,125 −3.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2012
Hog killing Halifax County Marion Post Wolcott 1939
Hog Killing on Milton Puryear Place, Dennison, Halifax County, Marion Post Wolcott, 1939

As of the census of 2000, there were 37,355 people, 15,018 households, and 10,512 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 16,953 housing units at an average density of 21 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.32% White, 38.02% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 15,018 households out of which 28.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.20% were married couples living together, 14.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.00% were non-families. 27.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.40% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 26.30% from 45 to 64, and 17.10% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 90.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,929, and the median income for a family was $37,845. Males had a median income of $27,498 versus $20,684 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,353. About 11.50% of families and 15.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 19.60% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


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