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Madison County
Madison County Courthouse, built 1829
Madison County Courthouse, built 1829
Map of Virginia highlighting Madison County
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
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Country  United States
State  Virginia
Founded 1792
Named for Madison family
Seat Madison
Largest town Madison
 • Total 322 sq mi (830 km2)
 • Land 321 sq mi (830 km2)
 • Water 1.2 sq mi (3 km2)  0.4%
 • Total 13,308
 • Estimate 
 • Density 41.33/sq mi (15.957/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 5th

Madison County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,308. Its county seat is Madison.


Madison County was established in December 1792, created from Culpeper County. The county is named for the Madison family that owned land along the Rapidan River. President James Madison is a descendant of that family.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 322 square miles (830 km2), of which 321 square miles (830 km2) is land and 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2) (0.4%) is water.

A significant portion of western Madison County is within Shenandoah National Park, including Old Rag, one of its most popular tourist destinations, and Rapidan Camp, the presidential retreat built by Herbert Hoover.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Major highways

  • US 15
  • US 29
  • SR 230
  • SR 231


Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 8,322
1810 8,381 0.7%
1820 8,490 1.3%
1830 9,236 8.8%
1840 8,107 −12.2%
1850 9,331 15.1%
1860 8,854 −5.1%
1870 8,670 −2.1%
1880 10,562 21.8%
1890 10,225 −3.2%
1900 10,216 −0.1%
1910 10,055 −1.6%
1920 9,595 −4.6%
1930 8,952 −6.7%
1940 8,465 −5.4%
1950 8,273 −2.3%
1960 8,187 −1.0%
1970 8,638 5.5%
1980 10,232 18.5%
1990 11,949 16.8%
2000 12,520 4.8%
2010 13,308 6.3%
2018 (est.) 13,295 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

As of the census of 2000, there were 12,520 people, 4,739 households, and 3,521 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 5,239 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile (6/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 86.71% White, 11.41% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.50% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.29% from other races, and 0.93% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,739 households, out of which 30.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.40% were married couples living together, 8.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.70% were non-families. 21.80% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.10% under the age of 18, 6.90% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 26.40% from 45 to 64, and 15.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,856, and the median income for a family was $44,857. Males had a median income of $30,805 versus $24,384 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,636. About 6.90% of families and 9.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.70% of those under age 18 and 10.20% of those age 65 or over.



Census-designated place

Other unincorporated communities


Madison County Public Schools has around 2000 students in four schools. Madison Primary School has grades K-2 and has around 370 students. Waverly Yowell Elementary School has grades 3–5 and around 410 students. William Wetsel Middle School has grades 6–8 and around 415 students. Madison County High School has grades 9–12 and has around 665 students. All statistics based on 2007–2008 VA DOE statistics. It is also home to Woodberry Forest School, a private, all-male boarding school.

Madison County High School

Madison County High School is the county's only High School. Grades 9–12 attend MCHS. The total number of students at MCHS was 584 for 2013–2014. Madison County's nickname is the Mountaineers and have two main logos. One is an inked drawing of a Mountaineer standing on a mountain. In the background, a caravan of people and covered wagons can be seen being led by the Mountaineer. The second main logo is a "M" with a "C" offset and connected to it standing for Madison County, the name of both the county and high school. The colors are blue and white. MCHS fields athletic teams in football, basketball, soccer, volleyball, wrestling, track, cross country, golf, baseball and softball. Swimming was added as a sport in 2011. Cheerleading teams are also fielded for football and basketball games. Madison is home to the 2012 Group A, Division 1 state champions in Forensics.

MCHS offers AP courses and dual enrollment courses through Germanna Community College. MCHS has full accreditation from the Virginia Department of Education with Virginia Standards of Learning passing rates ranging from 94 percent on the history to 86 percent on the science. MCHS graduates more than 90% of its students per year.

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