Giles County (Virginia)

Giles County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In the 2000 census, the county had 16,657 inhabitants and a population density of 18 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Pearisburg. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


Giles County is located in western Virginia, bounded on the southeast by West Virginia and has an area of 933 square kilometers, of which eight square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Craig County, Montgomery County, Pulaski County and Bland County.


Made it in 1806 from parts of Montgomery County, Tazewell County, Craig County and Wythe County. It was named after William Branch Giles, a lawyer, member of the House and Governor of Virginia.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000, lived in Giles County 16,657 people in 6,994 households and 4,888 families. The population density was 18 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 97.41 percent White, 1.58 percent African American, 0.14 percent Native American, 0.19 percent Asian, and 0.16 percent from other races; 0.53 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.63 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 6,994 households out of which 28.1 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 56.1 percent were married couples living together, 9.7 percent were single mothers, 30.1 percent were non-families, 26.6 percent of all households and 12.8 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 2.85.

Based on the county the population was spread from 22.0 percent population under 18 years, 6.8 percent between 18 and 24 years, 28.4 percent between 25 and 44 years, 26.1 percent between 45 and 64 years and 16.7 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 95.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.2 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 34,927, and the median income for a family was $ 42,089. Males have a median income of $ 32,075, women $ 22,969. The per capita income was $ 18,396. 6.6 percent of families and 9.5 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 11.6 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 10.5 percent of those 65 years.