Bedford County, Virginia


Bedford County, Virginia

Infobox U.S. County
county = Bedford County
state = Virginia




map size = 250
founded = 1754
seat = Bedford | area_total_sq_mi =769
area_water_sq_mi =15
area percentage = 1.92%
census yr = 2000
pop = 60371
density_km2 =31
web = www.co.bedford.va.us
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Bedford County is a county located in the U.S. state of the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 60,371. Its county seat is the city BedfordGR|6 and is part of the Lynchburg Metropolitan Statistical Area. As an independent city, Bedford is not a part of Bedford County, despite being the county seat.

History

Bedford county was established on December 13, 1753 from parts of Lunenburg County. The county is named for John Russell, the fourth Duke of Bedford, who was a Secretary of State of Great Britain. In 1782, Campbell County was formed from parts of Bedford County. Also in 1786, Franklin County was formed from Bedford County.

Attractions

*Smith Mountain Lake
*Peaks of Otter
*National D-Day Memorial
*Poplar Forest

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 769 square miles (1,992 km²), of which, 754 square miles (1,954 km²) of it is land and 15 square miles (38 km²) of it (1.92%) is water.

Adjacent counties and city

*Amherst County, Virginia - northeast
*Rockbridge County, Virginia - northwest
*Botetourt County, Virginia - northwest
*Roanoke County, Virginia - west
*Franklin County, Virginia - southwest
*Pittsylvania County, Virginia - south
*Campbell County, Virginia - east
*Lynchburg, Virginia - east

National protected areas

* Blue Ridge Parkway (part)
* Jefferson National Forest (part)

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 60,371 people, 23,838 households, and 18,164 families residing in the county. The population density was 80 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 26,841 housing units at an average density of 36 per square mile (14/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.18% White, 6.24% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.20% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 0.74% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. 28.2% were of American, 15.6% English, 11.0% German and 9.6% Irish ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 23,838 households out of which 32.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 65.40% were married couples living together, 7.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 23.80% were non-families. 20.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 2.89.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.00% under the age of 18, 5.80% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 27.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 99.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,136, and the median income for a family was $49,303. Males had a median income of $35,117 versus $23,906 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,582. About 5.20% of families and 7.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 8.30% of those under age 18 and 10.50% of those age 65 or over.

Economy

Historically, Bedford County was an agricultural economy. While agriculture is still an important factor in the county's economy, Bedford County has significant residential development to serve Lynchburg, Roanoke, and Smith Mountain Lake. Tourism and retail are also becoming more significant.

Communities

*Big Island
*Chamblissburg
*Forest
*Goode
*Hardy
*Huddleston
*Moneta
*Montvale
*New London
*Stewartsville
*Thaxton

References

External links

* [http://www.co.bedford.va.us/index.asp Bedford County government's website]
* [http://www.bgsociety.org/ Bedford Genealogical Society's website]


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