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Montgomery County, Virginia
Seal of Montgomery County, Virginia
Map
Map of Virginia highlighting Montgomery County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1772
Seat Christiansburg
Largest City Blacksburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

389 sq mi (1,008 km²)
387 sq mi (1,002 km²)
2.2 sq mi (6 km²), 0.6%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

97,653
251/sq mi (97/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.montva.com
Named for: Richard Montgomery

Montgomery County is a county located in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 94,392. Its county seat is Christiansburg.

Montgomery County is part of the Blacksburg–Christiansburg–Radford, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Montgomery County was established in 1777 from Fincastle County. The county is named for Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 389 square miles (1,010 km2), of which 387 square miles (1,000 km2) is land and 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) (0.6%) is water. The western part of the county is in the New River watershed.

Adjacent counties and city

National protected area

  • Jefferson National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • I-73 (future)
  • I-81
  • US 11
  • US 460
  • SR 8
  • SR 111
  • SR 114
  • SR 177
  • SR 232
  • SR 314
  • SR 412

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 13,228
1800 9,044 −31.6%
1810 8,409 −7.0%
1820 8,733 3.9%
1830 12,306 40.9%
1840 7,405 −39.8%
1850 8,359 12.9%
1860 10,617 27.0%
1870 12,556 18.3%
1880 16,693 32.9%
1890 17,742 6.3%
1900 15,852 −10.7%
1910 17,268 8.9%
1920 18,595 7.7%
1930 19,605 5.4%
1940 21,206 8.2%
1950 29,780 40.4%
1960 32,923 10.6%
1970 47,157 43.2%
1980 63,516 34.7%
1990 73,913 16.4%
2000 83,629 13.1%
2010 94,392 12.9%
Est. 2015 97,653 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2015

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 94,392 people residing in the county. 87.6% were White, 5.4% Asian, 3.9% Black or African American, 0.2% Native American, 0.8% of some other race and 2.1% of two or more races. 2.7% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

As of the census of 2000, there were 83,629 people, 30,997 households, and 17,203 families residing in the county. The population density was 215 people per square mile (83/km²). There were 32,527 housing units at an average density of 84 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.00% White, 3.65% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 3.97% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.63% from other races, and 1.53% from two or more races. 1.58% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 30,997 households out of which 25.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.80% were married couples living together, 7.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.50% were non-families. 25.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 6.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 17.10% under the age of 18, 31.30% from 18 to 24, 25.60% from 25 to 44, 17.30% from 45 to 64, and 8.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 26 years. For every 100 females there were 110.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 110.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,330, and the median income for a family was $47,239. Males had a median income of $33,674 versus $23,555 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,077. About 8.80% of families and 23.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.60% of those under age 18 and 8.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


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