Washington County (Virginia)

Washington County is a county located in the state of Virginia in the United States. In 2000, the County had 51,103 inhabitants and a population density of 35 inhabitants per square kilometer. The administrative headquarters ( County Seat) is Abingdon. The county is one of the Dry counties, which means that the sale of alcohol is restricted or prohibited.


Washington County is located in southwest Virginia, on the south by Tennessee and has an area of ​​1466 square kilometers, of which eight square kilometers of water surface. The County is divided into seven administrative districts: Harrison, Jefferson, Madison, Monroe, Taylor, Tyler and Wilson. It is bordered clockwise to the following counties: Smyth County, Grayson County, Scott County and Russell County.


Made it in 1776 from parts of Fincastle County. It was named after President George Washington. Later the County one of the largest whiskey producer in the United States.

Demographic data

1900-1990 2000

According to the census of 2000, there were 51,103 people in Washington County. Of these, 1,342 people lived in collective centers, the other inhabitants living in 21 056 households, and 14,949 families. The population density was 35 people per square kilometer. The racial the population was made ​​up of 97.56 percent White, 1.32 percent African American, 0.11 percent Native American, 0.27 percent Asian, 0.03 percent of residents from the Pacific Islander, and 0.14 percent from other races groups; 0.58 percent were descended from two or more races. 0.63 percent of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 21 056 households out of which 28.1 percent have children under the age of 18 living with them. 59.1 percent were married couples living together, 8.7 percent were single mothers, 29.0 percent were non-families, 25.8 percent of all households and 10.4 percent lived in people aged 65 years or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.84 persons.

Based on the county the population was spread from 20.8 percent population under 18 years, 8.7 percent between 18 and 24 years, 28.3 percent between 25 and 44 years, 26.9 percent between 45 and 64 years and 15.3 percent were 65 years old or older. The average age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.7 men statistically.

The median income for a household was $ 32,742, and the median income for a family was $ 40,162. Males have a median income of $ 30,104, women $ 21,307. The per capita income was $ 18,350. 8.1 percent of families and 10.9 percent of the population lived below the poverty line. This included 13.2 percent of children and adolescents under 18 years and 14.2 percent of residents aged 65 years or older.