Cape Charles is a town located in Northampton County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 1,134.
Cape Charles is located at 37°16'3" North, 76°0'51" West (37.267522, -76.014125)1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.3 km˛ (4.4 mi˛). 9.5 km˛ (3.7 mi˛) of it is land and 1.8 km˛ (0.7 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 16.06% water.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,134 people, 536 households, and 278 families residing in the town. The population density is 119.3/km˛ (309.4/mi˛). There are 740 housing units at an average density of 77.9/km˛ (201.9/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town is 53.79% White, 42.86% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.59% from other races, and 1.23% from two or more races. 2.82% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 536 households out of which 21.1% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 30.4% are married couples living together, 19.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 48.1% are non-families. 43.7% of all households are made up of individuals and 26.3% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.11 and the average family size is 2.91.
In the town the population is spread out with 22.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 22.0% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 23.8% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females there are 76.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 75.9 males.
The median income for a household in the town is $22,237, and the median income for a family is $29,167. Males have a median income of $25,536 versus $23,984 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,789. 28.4% of the population and 21.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 43.4% of those under the age of 18 and 23.0% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cape Charles, located close to the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, on Virginia's Eastern Shore, was founded in 1884 as a planned community by railroad and ferry interests. Cape Charles was, for many years, the terminal for passenger and car ferry service across the Bay to Norfolk and Hampton. The last ferry left Cape Charles in 1953. Cape Charles still serves as a terminal for railway barges that carry rail cars from the Eastern Shore Railroad across the mouth of the Bay to Norfolk.
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