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Wachapreague, Virginia
Sea marsh and fishing boats in Wachapreague
Sea marsh and fishing boats in Wachapreague
Location in Accomack County and the state of Virginia.
Location in Accomack County and the state of Virginia.
Country United States
State Virginia
County Accomack
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 10 ft (3 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 232
 • Density 770/sq mi (331/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 23480
Area code(s) 757
FIPS code 51-82320
GNIS feature ID 1500265

Wachapreague is a town in Accomack County, Virginia, United States. The population was 232 at the 2010 census.


The name of the town came from the Wachapreague, an Algonquian people who resided in the area centuries ago.

Bunting Place was added to the National Register of Historic Places in 2003.


Wachapreague is located at 37°36′23″N 75°41′26″W / 37.60639°N 75.69056°W / 37.60639; -75.69056 (37.606514, −75.690510).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.7 km²), all of it land.

The Wachapreague Channel winds from the town, through the seaside marsh, out to the barrier islands. Between Cedar and Parramore Islands it reaches the Atlantic Ocean. Easy access to the marsh and ocean makes this a popular place for fishermen.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 485
1920 498 2.7%
1930 585 17.5%
1940 548 −6.3%
1950 551 0.5%
1960 507 −8.0%
1970 399 −21.3%
1980 404 1.3%
1990 291 −28.0%
2000 236 −18.9%
2010 232 −1.7%
Est. 2015 230 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 236 people, 133 households, and 69 families residing in the town. The population density was 922.9 people per square mile (350.5/km²). There were 225 housing units at an average density of 879.9 per square mile (334.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.22% White, 2.54% African American, 0.42% Native American, 1.69% from other races, and 2.12% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.69% of the population.

There were 133 households out of which 9.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.6% were married couples living together, 3.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.1% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 25.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.77 and the average family size was 2.32.

In the town, the population was spread out with 7.6% under the age of 18, 3.8% from 18 to 24, 20.3% from 25 to 44, 33.1% from 45 to 64, and 35.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 56 years. For every 100 females there were 87.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,625, and the median income for a family was $39,063. Males had a median income of $30,313 versus $21,563 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,680. About 2.9% of families and 7.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 7.0% of those sixty five or over.

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