Rockbridge County, Virginia

Rockbridge County is a county in Virginia in the United States. In 2000, the County of 20,808 inhabitants and a population density of 13 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Lexington.


Rockbridge County is located in western Virginia, is located approximately 35 miles from West Virginia and has an area of 1557 square kilometers, of which four square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Augusta County, Nelson County, Amherst County, Bedford County, Botetourt County, Alleghany County and Bath County. The independent cities of Lexington and Buena Vista form enclaves in Rockbridge County.


Made it was in 1778 from parts of Augusta County and Botetourt County. It got its name due to the Natural Bridge, a natural rock bridge over the Cedar Creek. This is referred to in the U.S. as one of the seven natural wonders of the world.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census in 2000 lived in Rockbridge County of 20,808 people in 8,486 households and 6,075 families. The population density was 13 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 95.42 percent White, 2.97 percent African American, 0.26 percent Native American, 0.44 percent Asian, and 0.12 percent from other races; 0.78 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.58 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 8,486 households out of which 29.2 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 57.5 percent were married couples living together, 9.5 percent were single mothers, 28.4 percent were non-families, 23.9 percent of all households and 9.9 percent had someone living alone at the age of 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.84 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread from 22.2 percent population under 18 years, 7.9 percent between 18 and 24 years, 27.2 percent between 25 and 44 years, 27.1 percent between 45 and 64 years and 15.7 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 100.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 36,035, and the median income for a family was $ 41,324. Males had a median income of $ 28,217, women $ 19,946. The per capita income was $ 18,356. 6.6 percent of families and 9.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. Of these, 9.4 percent were children or adolescents under age 18 and 9.6 percent of those 65 years.