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Iron Gate, Virginia
A CSX freight train passes through Iron Gate in 2007.
A CSX freight train passes through Iron Gate in 2007.
Nickname(s): 
IG
Location of Iron Gate, Virginia
Location of Iron Gate, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Alleghany
Area
 • Total 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
 • Land 0.33 sq mi (0.86 km2)
 • Water 0.02 sq mi (0.05 km2)
Elevation
1,037 ft (316 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 388
 • Estimate 
(2019)
357
 • Density 1,081.82/sq mi (417.32/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
24448
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-40024
GNIS feature ID 1493127

Iron Gate is a town in Alleghany County, Virginia, United States. The population was 388 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Iron Gate is located at 37°47′55″N 79°47′28″W / 37.79861°N 79.79111°W / 37.79861; -79.79111 (37.798484, -79.791219).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.9 km²), all of it land. Iron Gate is also where the head waters of the James River arise.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 199
1900 392 97.0%
1910 600 53.1%
1920 699 16.5%
1930 777 11.2%
1940 719 −7.5%
1950 725 0.8%
1960 716 −1.2%
1970 692 −3.4%
1980 620 −10.4%
1990 417 −32.7%
2000 404 −3.1%
2010 388 −4.0%
2019 (est.) 357 −8.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 404 people, 185 households, and 121 families living in the town. The population density was 1,170.6 people per square mile (445.7/km²). There were 197 housing units at an average density of 570.8 per square mile (217.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.55% White, 5.20% African American, and 0.25% from two or more races. Of the 185 households 17.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 7.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.1% were non-families. 31.9% of households were one person and 17.8% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.18 and the average family size was 2.73.

The age distribution was 16.6% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 24.0% from 25 to 44, 27.5% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% 65 or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.

The median household income was $26,094 and the median family income was $34,464. Males had a median income of $27,222 versus $17,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,703. About 7.4% of families and 9.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.8% of those under age 18 and 13.7% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Iron Gate has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.

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