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Page County
Page County Courthouse in February 2014
Page County Courthouse in February 2014
Official seal of Page County
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Map of Virginia highlighting Page County
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
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Virginia's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  Virginia
Founded 1831
Named for John Page
Seat Luray
Largest town Luray
Area
 • Total 314 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Land 311 sq mi (810 km2)
 • Water 3.2 sq mi (8 km2)  1.0%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 24,042
 • Estimate 
(2018)
23,933
 • Density 76.57/sq mi (29.56/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th

Page County is located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 24,042. Its county seat is Luray. Page County was formed in 1831 from Shenandoah and Rockingham counties and was named for John Page, Governor of Virginia from 1802 to 1805.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 314 square miles (810 km2), of which 311 square miles (810 km2) is land and 3.2 square miles (8.3 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 6,194
1850 7,600 22.7%
1860 8,109 6.7%
1870 8,462 4.4%
1880 9,965 17.8%
1890 13,092 31.4%
1900 13,794 5.4%
1910 14,147 2.6%
1920 14,770 4.4%
1930 14,852 0.6%
1940 14,863 0.1%
1950 15,152 1.9%
1960 15,572 2.8%
1970 16,581 6.5%
1980 19,401 17.0%
1990 21,690 11.8%
2000 23,177 6.9%
2010 24,042 3.7%
2018 (est.) 23,933 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 23,177 people, 9,305 households, and 6,634 families residing in the county. The population density was 74 people per square mile (29/km2). There were 10,557 housing units at an average density of 34 per square mile (13/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 96.65% White, 2.61% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.08% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,305 households, out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.80% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.70% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.91.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 23.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 28.30% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.40 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,359, and the median income for a family was $39,005. Males had a median income of $27,199 versus $19,821 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,321. About 10.10% of families and 12.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.00% of those under age 18 and 14.70% of those age 65 or over.

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Unincorporated communities

Notable residents

  • Arthur William Aleshire (February 15, 1900 – March 11, 1940) was a U.S. Representative from Ohio.
  • Edward Mallory "Ned" Almond (December 12, 1892 – June 11, 1979) was a controversial United States Army general best known as the commander of the Army's X Corps during the Korean War.
  • Floyd Wilson Baker (October 10, 1916 – November 17, 2004) was a third baseman in Major League Baseball who played for the St. Louis Browns (1943–1944), Chicago White Sox (1945–1951), Washington Senators, (1952–1953), Boston Red Sox (1953–1954) and Philadelphia Phillies (1954–1955).
  • William Randolph Barbee (January 17, 1818 – June 16, 1868) was an American sculptor recognized for creating idealized, sentimental classical figures.
  • Herbert Barbee (October 8, 1848 – March 22, 1936) was an American sculptor.
  • Peter Bouck Borst (June 23, 1826 – April 24, 1882) was an active participant in the mid-19th century development of Page County, Virginia, serving as a lawyer, county delegate to Virginia's Secession Convention of 1861, and president of the Shenandoah Valley Railroad.
  • Patrick Henry Brittan (September 21, 1815 – March 18, 1868) was quartermaster general of Alabama (1857–59) and 10th Secretary of State for Alabama (1860–65).
  • Wayne Comer (born February 3, 1944) is a former Major League Baseball player.
  • Charles Frederick Crisp (January 29, 1845 – October 23, 1896) was a United States political figure. A Democrat, he was elected as a Congressman from Georgia in 1882, and served until his death in 1896. From 1890 until his death, he was leader of the Democratic Party in the House, as either the House Minority Leader or the Speaker of the House. He was also the father of Charles R. Crisp who also served in Congress.
  • William Alexander Harris Sr. (August 24, 1805 – March 28, 1864) was a U.S. Representative from Virginia, father of William A. Harris.
  • William Alexander Harris (October 29, 1841 – December 20, 1909) was a United States Representative and Senator from Kansas.
  • Benjamin Franklin Huffman (July 18, 1914 – February 22, 2005) was a catcher in Major League Baseball.
  • Thomas Jordan (September 30, 1819 – November 27, 1895) was a Confederate general and major operative in the network of Confederate spies during the American Civil War. A West Point graduate and career soldier in the armies of three nations, he fought in numerous wars and rebellions in the United States, Mexico, and Cuba. Jordan was also a newspaper editor and author.
  • Donald Edward Keyhoe (June 20, 1897 – November 29, 1988) was an American Marine Corps naval aviator, writer of many aviation articles and stories in a variety of leading publications, and manager of the promotional tours of aviation pioneers, especially of Charles Lindbergh.
  • Robert Franklin Leedy (July 28, 1863 – January 12, 1924) was a lawyer, soldier, and Virginia state legislator.
  • William Milnes Jr. (December 8, 1827 – August 14, 1889) was a nineteenth-century congressman and industrialist from Virginia and Pennsylvania.
  • George Quaintance (June 3, 1902 – November 8, 1957) was an artist from Page County, Virginia.
  • Kenneth R. Plum (November 3, 1941 – ) is a member of the Virginia House of Delegates.
  • Henry Ruffner (January 16, 1790 – December 17, 1861) was an educator and Presbyterian minister, who served as president of Washington College (now Washington and Lee University).
  • Bethany Veney (c. 1813 – November 16, 1916), also known as Aunt Betty, was an African-American slave. Her autobiography was published 1889.
  • William Overall Yager (April 3, 1833 – 1904) was, during the American Civil War, the commanding officer of the 1st Texas Cavalry, and, in postwar years, member of the Virginia House of Delegates and the Senate of Virginia, Superintendent of Schools, and Treasurer for Page County, Virginia.

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