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New Castle, Virginia
A view over New Castle to the mountains
A view over New Castle to the mountains
Location of New Castle, Virginia
Location of New Castle, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Craig
 • Total 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
 • Land 0.17 sq mi (0.43 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
1,352 ft (412 m)
 • Total 153
 • Estimate 
 • Density 927.27/sq mi (358.14/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-55592
GNIS feature ID 1498522

New Castle (historically spelled as one word; "Newcastle") is the only town in Craig County, Virginia, United States. The population was 153 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Craig County.

The junctions of State Route 311 and State Route 42 and State Route 311 and State Route 615 are in New Castle.

New Castle is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area.


New Castle is located at 37°30′3″N 80°6′39″W / 37.50083°N 80.11083°W / 37.50083; -80.11083 (37.500746, -80.110798).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.2 square miles (0.4 km²), all of it land.

Two notable geophysical features of the town are the high cliffs just west of the city (which keeps the New River watershed flowing north away from New Castle) and Johns Creek gorge featuring some challenging whitewater (James River watershed). Due to an old land charter however, paddling Johns Creek is currently banned by the landowner.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 225
1870 199 −11.6%
1880 182 −8.5%
1890 214 17.6%
1900 299 39.7%
1920 702
1930 259 −63.1%
1940 253 −2.3%
1950 239 −5.5%
1960 200 −16.3%
1970 225 12.5%
1980 213 −5.3%
1990 152 −28.6%
2000 179 17.8%
2010 153 −14.5%
2019 (est.) 153 0.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 179 people, 85 households, and 51 families living in the town. The population density was 1,105.0 people per square mile (432.0/km2). There were 93 housing units at an average density of 574.1 per square mile (224.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 85 households, out of which 23.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.1% were married couples living together, 10.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.0% were non-families. 36.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.11 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 22.9% under the age of 18, 12.3% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 25.1% from 45 to 64, and 16.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 82.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,250, and the median income for a family was $35,750. Males had a median income of $25,625 versus $19,583 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,119. About 20.4% of families and 17.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 6.1% of those sixty-five or over.


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, New Castle has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.

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