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Pulaski County
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Country  United States
State  Virginia
Founded 1839
Named for Casimir Pulaski
Seat Pulaski
Largest town Pulaski
 • Total 330 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Land 320 sq mi (800 km2)
 • Water 10 sq mi (30 km2)  3.0%
 • Total 34,872
 • Estimate 
 • Density 105.7/sq mi (40.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Pulaski County is a county located in the southwestern part of the U.S. state of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 34,872. Its county seat is Pulaski.

Pulaski County is part of the BlacksburgChristiansburg, VA Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Pulaski County was formed on March 30, 1839 from parts of Montgomery and Wythe counties, becoming the 87th county of the Commonwealth of Virginia. It was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, who fought during the American Revolution as part of George Washington's army. Pulaski had been a nobleman in Poland, but had been exiled. He joined the army in 1777 and became a brigadier general and chief of cavalry in the Continental Army. He was fatally wounded at Savannah and died on October 11, 1779. Casimir Pulaski is one of the most honored American heroes in terms of places and events named in his honor.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 330 square miles (850 km2), of which 320 square miles (830 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (3.0%) is water.

Pulaski County is the site of Claytor Lake State Park, which is located on Claytor Lake, a 4,500-acre (18 km2), 21-mile (34 km) long man made lake on the New River created for a hydroelectric project of Appalachian Power Company. It is named for W. Graham Claytor, Sr. (1886–1971) of Roanoke, Virginia, a vice president of Appalachian Power who supervised construction of the dam and creation of the lake.

Adjacent counties / Independent city

National protected area

  • Jefferson National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • I-81
  • US 11
  • SR 99
  • SR 100
  • SR 114


Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 3,739
1850 5,118 36.9%
1860 5,416 5.8%
1870 6,538 20.7%
1880 8,755 33.9%
1890 12,790 46.1%
1900 14,609 14.2%
1910 17,246 18.1%
1920 17,111 −0.8%
1930 20,566 20.2%
1940 22,767 10.7%
1950 27,758 21.9%
1960 27,258 −1.8%
1970 29,564 8.5%
1980 35,229 19.2%
1990 34,496 −2.1%
2000 35,127 1.8%
2010 34,872 −0.7%
2018 (est.) 34,066 −2.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 35,127 people, 14,643 households, and 10,147 families residing in the county. The population density was 110 people per square mile (42/km2). There were 16,325 housing units at an average density of 51 per square mile (20/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.60% White, 5.57% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.37% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,643 households, out of which 26.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.90% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 27.00% 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 2.32 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 20.60% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 29.20% from 25 to 44, 27.70% from 45 to 64, and 15.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,873, and the median income for a family was $42,251. Males had a median income of $30,712 versus $21,596 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,973. About 10.60% of families and 13.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.90% of those under age 18 and 11.50% of those age 65 or over.



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Other unincorporated communities


The Volvo Trucks North America plant in Pulaski County will begin manufacturing a battery-powered VNR Electric truck model starting in early 2021. It is the largest Volvo truck plant in the world, and the Dublin, Virginia facility currently employed close to 3,000 people building multiple models of heavy-duty trucks.

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