Rappahannock County, Virginia facts for kids

Kids Encyclopedia Facts
Rappahannock County, Virginia
Seal of Rappahannock County, Virginia
Map
Map of Virginia highlighting Rappahannock County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the USA highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1833
Seat Washington
Largest town Washington
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

267 sq mi (692 km²)
266 sq mi (689 km²)
0.8 sq mi (2 km²), 0.3%
PopulationEst.
 - (2016)
 - Density

7,308
27/sq mi (10/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: rappahannockcountyva.gov
Named for: Rappahannock River

Rappahannock County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia, US. As of the 2010 census, the population was 7,373. Its county seat is Washington. The name "Rappahannock" comes from the Algonquian word lappihanne (also noted as toppehannock), meaning "river of quick, rising water" or "where the tide ebbs and flows."

Rappahannock County is included in the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Rappahannock County was founded by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1833, based on the growing population's need to have better access to a county seat. The county's land was carved from Culpeper County. Rappahannock county was named for the river that separates it from Fauquier County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 267.2 square miles (692.0 km2), of which 266.4 sq mi (690.0 km2) is land and 0.8 sq mi (2.1 km2) (0.3%) is water.

The Rappahannock River forms the northeastern boundary and separates Rappahannock County from Fauquier County. Rappahannock County is bounded on the southeast by Culpeper County and on the southwest by Madison County. The Blue Ridge Mountains occupy much of the western portion of the county.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Shenandoah National Park (part)

Mountains

The summits of the following mountains are located within Rappahannock County:

  • Pignut Mountain
  • Castleton Mountain
  • Jenkins Mountain
  • Jefferson Mountain
  • Meetinghouse Mountain
  • Little Mulky Mountain
  • Little Jenkins Mountain
  • Googe Mountain
  • Round Mountain
  • Hickerson Mountain
  • Fork Mountain
  • Battle Mountain
  • Little Battle Mountain
  • Piney Ridge
  • Pickerel Ridge
  • Poes Mountain
  • Aaron Mountain
  • Red Oak Mountain

Major highways

  • US 211
  • US 522
  • SR 231
  • Skyline Drive

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 9,257
1850 9,782 5.7%
1860 8,850 −9.5%
1870 8,261 −6.7%
1880 9,291 12.5%
1890 8,678 −6.6%
1900 8,843 1.9%
1910 8,044 −9.0%
1920 8,070 0.3%
1930 7,717 −4.4%
1940 7,208 −6.6%
1950 6,112 −15.2%
1960 5,368 −12.2%
1970 5,199 −3.1%
1980 6,093 17.2%
1990 6,622 8.7%
2000 6,983 5.5%
2010 7,373 5.6%
Est. 2016 7,308 −0.9%
Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2015

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,373 people, 2,788 households, and 2,004 families residing in the county. The population density was 26 people per square mile (10/km2). There were 3,303 housing units, at an average density of 12 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.64% White, 5.44% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,788 households, out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50, and the average family size was 2.94.

US Route 211 in Rappahannock County
U.S. Route 211 as it passes through Rappahannock County; the Blue Ridge Mountains can be seen in the distance.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 22.30% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 31.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,943, and the median income for a family was $51,848. Males had a median income of $32,725 versus $22,950 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,863. About 5.20% of families and 7.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.80% of those under age 18 and 3.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Town

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities


Rappahannock County, Virginia Facts for Kids. Kiddle Encyclopedia.