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Town of Tazewell, Virginia
Downtown, 2012
Downtown, 2012
Official seal of Tazewell
Tazewell is located in Virginia
Location in Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Tazewell
Incorporated 1800
 • Total 6.95 sq mi (18.00 km2)
 • Land 6.87 sq mi (17.79 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.21 km2)
2,503 ft (763 m)
 • Total 4,486
 • Density 645.47/sq mi (232.81/km2)
  U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Population Estimates
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
24608, 24651
Area code(s) 276
FIPS code 51-77792
GNIS feature ID 1498543

Tazewell is a town in Tazewell County, Virginia, United States. The population was 4,627 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Bluefield, WV-VA micropolitan area, which has a population of 107,578. It is the county seat of Tazewell County.


Originally named Jeffersonville, Tazewell is situated near the headwaters of the Clinch River. It is one of the smallest towns in the United States to once own a street car.

The Big Crab Orchard Site, Bull Thistle Cave Archeological Site, Burke's Garden Rural Historic District, Chimney Rock Farm, Tazewell Historic District, George Oscar Thompson House, James Wynn House, and the Tazewell Train Station at North Tazewell, are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Tazewell is located at 37°07′37″N 81°31′10″W / 37.126938°N 81.519455°W / 37.126938; -81.519455 (37.126938, -81.519455).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.0 square miles (10.5 km2), all land.


The climate in this area has mild differences between highs and lows, and there is adequate rainfall year-round. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Tazewell has a marine west coast climate, abbreviated "Cfb" on climate maps.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 508
1890 604 18.9%
1900 1,096 81.5%
1910 1,230 12.2%
1920 1,261 2.5%
1930 1,211 −4.0%
1940 1,374 13.5%
1950 1,347 −2.0%
1960 3,000 122.7%
1970 4,168 38.9%
1980 4,468 7.2%
1990 4,176 −6.5%
2000 4,206 0.7%
2010 4,627 10.0%
2020 4,486 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,206 people, 1,650 households, and 1,098 families living in the town. The population density was 1,040.1 people per square mile (402.0/km2). There were 1,804 housing units at an average density of 446.1 per square mile (172.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 88.78% White, 9.32% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.52% Asian, 0.36% from other races, and 0.86% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.62% of the population.

Tazewell County Courthouse and Civil War Memorial in Tazewell, Virginia

There were 1,650 households, out of which 26.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.7% were married couples living together, 11.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 31.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 18.6% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,510, and the median income for a family was $37,792. Males had a median income of $35,912 versus $22,664 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,468. About 11.6% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.7% of those under age 18 and 27.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Fred M. Wilcox – director of the film Forbidden Planet
  • Kathryn Harrold – television and movie actress
  • Betony Vernon - American jewelry designer based in Paris.

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