Alleghany County (Virginia)

Alleghany County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In 2000, the County had 12,926 inhabitants and a population density of 11 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Covington, named after General Leonard Covington, a hero of the War of 1812 and a friend of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.


Alleghany County has an area of ​​2254 square kilometers, of which three square miles are water. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Bath County, Rockbridge County, Botetourt County, Craig County, as well as Monroe County and Greenbrier County, West Virginia.


Made it was from parts of Bath County Botetourt County and on 5 January 1822. It was named after the Allegheny Mountains where it sits. From 1790 to 1825 according to the cultivation of hemp was the first source of income. The hemp production was subsidized by the government at that time and everyone Delivered bale has been accepted and paid for. The hemp won here, was taken to a rope factory in Richmond by horse-drawn carts. As an expanding shipments of hemp from abroad arrived and the achievable price fell, the farmers moved over to crop production and livestock.

The census of 1840 showed a total population of 2749 people, of which 2142 were white, 60 "free colored " and 547 slaves. In the American Civil War, the County sent more men to the Confederate Army than it had voters.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Alleghany County 12,926 people in 5,149 households and 3,866 families. The population density was 11 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 96.35 percent White, 2.45 percent African American, 0.21 percent Native American, 0.24 percent Asian, 0.02 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.20 percent from other races groups; 0.53 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.36 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 5,149 households out of which 29.9 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 63.2 percent were married couples living together, 8.1 percent were single mothers, 24.9 percent were non-families, 22.2 percent of all households and 10.5 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.85.

Based on the county the population was spread from 22.8 percent population under 18 years, 6.2 per cent between 18 and 24 years, 26.8 percent between 25 and 44 years, 28.5 percent between 45 and 64 years and 15.7 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 99.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.3 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 38,545, and the median income for a family was $ 45,843. Males have a median income of $ 35,120, women $ 20,855. The per capita income was $ 19,635. 4.9 percent of families and 7.1 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 8.6 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 10.8 percent of those 65 years.

Cities and Towns

  • Clifton Forge
  • Covington
  • Iron Gate