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Encyclopedia > Amherst County, Virginia

Amherst County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 31,894. Its county seat is Amherst6. Image File history File links Public domain map courtesy of The General Libraries, The University of Texas at Austin, modified to show counties. ... Originally, a county was the land under the jurisdiction of a count (in Great Britain, an earl, though the original earldoms covered larger areas) by reason of that office. ... A U.S. state is any one of the 50 states (four of which officially favor the term commonwealth) which, together with the District of Columbia, form the United States of America. ... State nickname: Old Dominion Other U.S. States Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Governor Mark R. Warner (D) Official languages English Area 110,862 km² (35th)  - Land 102,642 km²  - Water 8,220 km² (7. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... A county seat is a town which is the capital of a county. ... Amherst is a town located in Amherst County, Virginia. ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ...

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History

Amherst County was formed in 1761, from parts of Albemarle County. The county was named for Sir Jeffrey Amherst, know as the "Conqueror of Canada". Jeffrey Amherst was named Governor of Virginia, although he never came to the colony. 1761 was a common year starting on Thursday (see link for calendar). ... Location in the state of Virginia Formed Seat Charlottesville Area  - Total  - Water 1,881 km² (726 mi²) 9 km² (4 mi²) 0. ... Jeffrey Amherst by Joshua Reynolds Jeffrey Amherst, 1st Baron Amherst (sometimes spelled Geoffrey, he himself spelled his name as Jeffery) (January 29, 1717 - August 3, 1797) served as an officer in the British army Born in Sevenoaks, England, he became a soldier aged about 14. ... This is a list of colonial governors of Virginia. ...


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,240 km² (479 mi²). 1,231 km² (475 mi²) of it is land and 9 km² (4 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.75% water. The United States Census Bureau (officially Bureau of the Census) is a part of the United States Department of Commerce. ... Square kilometre (US spelling: Square kilometer), symbol km², is an SI unit of surface area. ... This article is about the unit of measure. ...


Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 31,894 people, 11,941 households, and 8,645 families residing in the county. The population density is 26/km² (67/mi²). There are 12,958 housing units at an average density of 11/km² (27/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 77.67% White, 19.79% Black or African American, 0.81% Native American, 0.35% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.41% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.96% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. A census is the process of obtaining information about every member of a population (not necessarily a human population). ... Shortcut: {{GR|#}} {{Cite:GR|#}} The following is a list of sources used in the creation of Wikipedia articles on various geographic topics and locations, such as cities, counties, states, and countries. ... 2000 is a leap year starting on Saturday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ... The United States Census Bureau uses the federal governments definitions of race when performing a census. ...


There are 11,941 households out of which 31.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.00% are married couples living together, 12.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% are non-families. 24.00% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.51 and the average family size is 2.95. Marriage is a relationship and bond between individuals that plays a key role in the definition of many families. ...


In the county, the population is spread out with 23.50% under the age of 18, 9.70% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 25.30% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 91.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.10 males.


The median income for a household in the county is $37,393, and the median income for a family is $42,876. Males have a median income of $31,493 versus $22,155 for females. The per capita income for the county is $16,952. 10.70% of the population and 8.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 13.20% of those under the age of 18 and 11.60% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. The per capita income for a group of people may be defined as their total personal income, divided by the number of people. ... The poverty line is the level of income below which one cannot afford to purchase all the resources one requires to live. ...


Towns

Amherst is a town located in Amherst County, Virginia. ... Madison Heights is a census-designated place located in Amherst County, Virginia. ...

External Links

  • Amherst County's Historical Markers


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