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Warren County
Warren County Courthouse in Front Royal, Virginia
Warren County Courthouse in Front Royal, Virginia
Official seal of Warren County
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Map of Virginia highlighting Warren County
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
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Country  United States
State  Virginia
Founded 1836
Named for Joseph Warren
Seat Front Royal
Largest town Front Royal
Area
 • Total 217 sq mi (560 km2)
 • Land 213 sq mi (550 km2)
 • Water 3.3 sq mi (9 km2)  1.5%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 37,575
 • Estimate 
(2018)
40,003
 • Density 173.2/sq mi (66.86/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 6th

Warren County is a U.S. county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. The 2010 census places Warren County within the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD-WV Metropolitan Statistical Area with a population of 37,575. The county seat is Front Royal.

History

Warren County was established in 1836 from Frederick and Shenandoah counties. The county is named for Joseph Warren. During the Civil War the Battle of Front Royal took place in the county on May 23, 1862.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 217 square miles (560 km2), of which 213 square miles (550 km2) is land and 3.3 square miles (8.5 km2) (1.5%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1840 5,627
1850 6,607 17.4%
1860 6,442 −2.5%
1870 5,716 −11.3%
1880 7,399 29.4%
1890 8,280 11.9%
1900 8,837 6.7%
1910 8,589 −2.8%
1920 8,852 3.1%
1930 8,340 −5.8%
1940 11,352 36.1%
1950 14,801 30.4%
1960 14,655 −1.0%
1970 15,301 4.4%
1980 21,200 38.6%
1990 26,142 23.3%
2000 31,584 20.8%
2010 37,575 19.0%
2019 (est.) 40,164 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000

As of the census of 2000, there were 31,584 people, 12,087 households, and 8,521 families residing in the county. The population density was 148 people per square mile (57/km2). There were 13,299 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km2). The demographics of the county is (2000) 92.71% White, 4.83% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 1.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,087 households, out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 10.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.50% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.57 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.60% under the age of 18, 7.60% from 18 to 24, 30.60% from 25 to 44, 23.90% from 45 to 64, and 12.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,422, and the median income for a family was $50,487. Males had a median income of $37,182 versus $25,506 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,841. About 6.00% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.70% of those under age 18 and 10.40% of those age 65 or over.

Transportation

  • Front Royal Area Transit (FRAT) provides weekday transit for the town of Front Royal.
  • Page County Transit - the People Movers provides weekday transit for the town of Luray and weekday service between Luray and Front Royal.

Major highways

Communities

Town

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Economy

For many years, Avtex Fibers (formerly known as the American Viscose Corporation from 1910 to 1976), was the county's largest employer and taxpayer. At its height, it employed over 800 residents throughout Front Royal and Warren County.

Towards the late 1980s, however, the company's main plant in Front Royal was forced to close as a result of numerous environmental violations, which eventually resulted in the site being declared a Superfund site. The county, reeling from the sudden loss of jobs and tax revenue, established the Warren County Economic Development Authority (WCEDA) to stimulate and diversify its economy as well as the economy of Town of Front Royal, its county seat. The purpose of the WCEDA is to foster and stimulate industry and economic development within Warren County and the town of Front Royal.

Education

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Sonner Hall at Randolph-Macon Academy

Colleges

  • Christendom College

Preparatory school

  • Randolph-Macon Academy (6-12)

 

Public K-12 schools

  • A.S. Rhodes Elementary School (K-5)
  • E. Wilson Morrison Elementary School (K-5)
  • Hilda J. Barbour Elementary School (K-5)
  • Leslie Fox Keyser Elementary School (K-5)
  • Ressie Jefferies Elementary School (K-5)
  • Skyline High School (9–12)
  • Warren County High School (9–12)
  • Warren County Middle School (6–8)
  • Skyline Middle School (6-8)

Notable people

  • Thomas Ashby, born in Warren County, physician and Maryland state legislator
  • Thomas M. Allen, born in Warren County, clergyman and university official in Missouri
  • Tareq Salahi, Real Housewives of DC star and infamous White House Gate Crasher

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