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Richlands, Virginia
Intersection of Front and Suffolk in Richlands
Intersection of Front and Suffolk in Richlands
Official seal of Richlands, Virginia
Seal
Motto(s): 
The Center of a Friendly Circle
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Coordinates: 37°5′40″N 81°48′22″W / 37.09444°N 81.80611°W / 37.09444; -81.80611Coordinates: 37°5′40″N 81°48′22″W / 37.09444°N 81.80611°W / 37.09444; -81.80611
Country United States
State Virginia
County Tazewell
Incorporated 1892
Area
 • Total 5.71 sq mi (14.77 km2)
 • Land 5.65 sq mi (14.63 km2)
 • Water 0.06 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
1,932 ft (589 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 5,823
 • Estimate 
(2019)
5,234
 • Density 926.37/sq mi (357.70/km2)
  U.S. Census Bureau, 2000 Population Estimates
Time zone UTC-5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
24641
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-66928
GNIS feature ID 1473194
Website http://town.richlands.va.us/

Richlands is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 5,823 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area which has a population of 107,578.

History

Located along the banks of the Clinch River, Richlands began as a farming community and was named for its fertile "rich lands."

The Clinch Valley Coal & Iron Company began to develop Richlands in 1890, and company officials hoped Richlands' readily available coal, iron, and timber might make it the "Pittsburgh of the South." The company abandoned its plans following the stock market crash of 1893.

Richlands was incorporated in 1892.

The Richlands Historic District encompasses much of downtown Richlands, and the Tazewell Avenue Historic District, and Williams House, are both listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 475
1910 743 56.4%
1920 1,171 57.6%
1930 1,355 15.7%
1940 2,203 62.6%
1950 4,648 111.0%
1960 4,963 6.8%
1970 4,843 −2.4%
1980 5,796 19.7%
1990 4,456 −23.1%
2000 4,144 −7.0%
2010 5,823 40.5%
2019 (est.) 5,234 −10.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 4,144 people, 1,882 households, and 1,223 families living in the town. The population density was 1,565.7 people per square mile (603.8/km²). There were 2,137 housing units at an average density of 807.4 per square mile (311.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 98.75% White, 0.05% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.19% from other races, and 0.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.34%.

Of the 1,882 households 25.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.7% were married couples living together, 12.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.0% were non-families. 32.1% of households were one person and 15.6% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.20 and the average family size was 2.76.

The age distribution was 20.1% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 25.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% 65 or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.0 males.

The median household income was $23,712 and the median family income was $30,257. Males had a median income of $30,682 versus $18,670 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,548. About 13.6% of families and 17.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 16.9% of those age 65 or over.

Education

Richlands is served by the Tazewell County Public School System. Schools in Richlands include:

  • Richlands Elementary School
  • Richlands Middle School
  • Richlands High School

It is served by Southwest Virginia Community College, which is located in nearby Wardell, Virginia. King University, based in Bristol, Tennessee, has a satellite campus at SWVCC.

Notable people

  • Mike Compton, former guard for the Detroit Lions, New England Patriots where he won 2 Super Bowl Rings, and Jacksonville Jaguars.
  • Cathryn Hankla, poet and artist.
  • Jim Moody, member of U.S. House of Representatives from Wisconsin.
  • Heath Miller, former tight end and 2 time Super Bowl Champion for the Pittsburgh Steelers.
  • Robert Guy Flanary, Owner of Star Theatre and Guy’s Drive In. Tazewell County Deputy Treasurer.

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