Grayson County (Virginia)

Grayson County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In the 2000 census, the county had 17,917 inhabitants and a population density of 16 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Independence. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


Grayson County is located in the southwest of Virginia, on the south by North Carolina, as well as Tennessee and has an area of ​​1155 square kilometers, of which eight square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Smyth County, Wythe County, Carroll County and Washington County.


Made it in 1793 from parts of Wythe County and Patrick County. It was named after the U.S. senator and member of the Continental Congress William Grayson.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Grayson County 17,917 people in 7,259 households and 5,088 families. The population density was 16 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 91.70 percent White, 6.79 percent African American, 0.12 percent Native American, 0.07 percent Asian, 0.03 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander and 0.70 percent from other races groups; 0.60 percent were descended from two or more races. 1.55 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 7,259 households out of which 26.4 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 57.6 percent were married couples living together, 8.5 percent were single mothers, 29.9 percent were non-families, 26.8 percent of all households and 12.9 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.31 and the average family size was 2.77.

Based on the county the population was spread from 19.5 percent population under 18 years, 7.6 percent between 18 and 24 years, 29.8 percent between 25 and 44 years, 26.2 percent between 45 and 64 years and 16.9 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 107.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were statistically 109.7 males.

The median income for a household was $ 28,676, and the median income for a family was $ 35,076. Males had a median income of $ 24,126, women $ 17,856. The per capita income was $ 16,768. 10.0 percent of families and 13.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 18.8 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 16.3 percent of those 65 years.