Southampton County, Virginia

Southampton County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In 2000, the County had 17,482 inhabitants and a population density of 11 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Courtland.


Southampton County is located in southeastern Virginia, on the south by North Carolina and has an area of 1560 square kilometers, of which seven square kilometers of water surface. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Isle of Wight County, Greenville County, Sussex County and Surry County.


Made it in 1749 from parts of Isle of Wight County. In the 17th century, shortly after the founding of the settlement of Jamestown in 1607, the first English settlers arrived in this area. 1634, the colony of Virginia was divided into eight shires, with time to around 5000 inhabitants. Southampton County was part of the Warrosquyoake Shire, which was renamed in 1637 in Isle of Wight County. 1749 became part of the Isle of Wight County, west of the Blackwater River to Southampton County. It was named either after the English town of Southampton or after the founder of the Virginia colony. Henry Wriothesley, 3rd Earl of Southampton.

On 21 / August 22, 1831 was the Southampton County scene of the hitherto largest slave rebellion in the Americas, led by the slave Nat Turner. In this uprising 58 whites and an unknown number of slaves were killed. Turner and his followers were captured, convicted and hanged 20 of them.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census of 2000, there were 17,482 people in Southampton County. Of these, 1,565 people lived in collective centers, the other residents living in 6,279 households and 4,502 families. The population density was 11 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 55.96 percent White, 42.87 percent Black or African American, 0.20 percent Native American, 0.18 percent Asian, 0.01 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.25 percent from other races groups; 0.53 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.66 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 6,279 households out of which 30.8 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 54.1 percent were married couples living together, 13.5 percent were single mothers, 28.3 percent were non-families, 24.9 percent of all households and 11.1 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.02.

Based on the county the population was spread from 22.7 percent population under 18 years, 8.8 percent between 18 and 24 years, 29.2 percent between 25 and 44 years, 25.0 percent between 45 and 64 years and 14.2 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 111.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were statistically 112.5 males.

The median income for a household was $ 33,995, and the median income for a family was $ 41,324. Males have a median income of $ 32,436, women $ 20,831. The per capita income was $ 16,930. 11.7 percent of families and 14.6 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. This included 19.9 percent of children and adolescents under 18 years and 14.5 percent of residents aged 65 years or older.