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Encyclopedia > Southside (Virginia)

Southside is the colloquial name given to a broad swath of southeastern and/or south-central Virginia, USA. The term Southside can be used in two senses: Official language(s) English Capital Richmond Largest city Virginia Beach Area  Ranked 35th  - Total 42,793 sq mi (110,862 km²)  - Width 200 miles (320 km)  - Length 430 miles (690 km)  - % water 7. ...

  • It can also refer to the south-central part of the state, roughly bounded by the James River on the north, the Blue Ridge Mountains on the west, and the South Hampton Roads area on the east. The major center of the "Southside Virginia" area is generally considered to be Danville. An exception to this general geographic definition is the Richmond-Petersburg area, which is usually not included in the above senses of the term, where the term "Southside of Richmond" may apply instead.

The term Southside Virginia is generally used to refer to the second area, and not the first. The area east of Southampton and Prince George counties is not considered part of Southside Virginia, but rather, is known as South Hampton Roads (or locally, simply the "Southside" as opposed to Hampton and Newport News as the "Peninsula". These areas are also divided by the James River. This view from space in July 1996 shows portions of each of the Seven Cities of Hampton Roads which generally surround the harbor area of Hampton Roads, which framed by the Hampton Roads Bridge-Tunnel visible to the east (right), the Virginia Peninsula subregion to the north (top), and the... An independent city is a city that does not form part of another general-purpose local government entity. ... Motto: Crescas (Latin for, Thou shalt grow. ... Map Political Statistics Founded 1752 County Independent city Mayor Dr. James W. Holley III Geographic Statistics Area  - Total  - Land  - Water 120. ... Location in the Commonwealth o Virginia. ... Location in the State of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent city Founded 1963 Government  - Mayor Dalton S. Edge Area  - City  350. ... Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Independent City Founded 1742 Mayor Linda T. Johnson Area    - City 1,111. ... Surry County is a county located in the South Hampton Roads region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... Isle of Wight County is a county located in the South Hampton Roads region of the Commonwealth of Virginia, a state of the United States. ... Blue Ridge Mountains, Shining Rock Wilderness Area Appalachian Mountain system The Blue Ridge is a mountain chain in the eastern United States, part of the Appalachian Mountains, forming their eastern front from Georgia to Pennsylvania. ... South Hampton Roads is a region located in the extreme southeastern portion of Virginia in the United States. ... Nickname: River City, City of Churches Motto: A World Class Organization Country United States State Virginia County Independent City  - Mayor R. Wayne Williams, Jr. ... Richmond-Petersburg is a region located in a central part of the state of Virginia in the United States. ... This article needs to be cleaned up to conform to a higher standard of quality. ... South Hampton Roads is a region located in the extreme southeastern portion of Virginia in the United States. ... The Virginia Peninsula is a peninsula in southeast Virginia, bounded by the York River, James River, Hampton Roads and Chesapeake Bay. ...

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Geography and Climate

The majority of Southside Virginia is in the Piedmont region, which is generally characterized by rolling hills that usually become steeper the further one goes west. Most of the area is forested or grassy fields from former agricultural use. The area's soil is primarily red clay, which, while good for farming because of its water retention properties, often needs significant conditioning to prevent water from pooling up. The James River winds its way among piedmont hills in central Virginia. ...


Southside's climate is unique from much of Virginia's. Summers are typically hot, with highs generally in the upper 80's to low 90's; quite often 5-7 degrees hotter than in Richmond. Winters are generally mild, and nighttime lows often drop below freezing; frequently 5-7 degrees cooler than Richmond or Norfolk. Much of this has to do with the lack of the temperature moderating effect of the Atlantic Ocean.


Snow and frozen precipitation usually falls every year in Southside (usually less than a foot), with the western and northern fringes of the area getting several inches more snow than the rest.


Southside Industries

Southside, along with much of the mid-atlantic area, is well known for its tobacco crop. The nutrient-rich soil, along with frequent spring rains, provided ideal growing conditions for tobacco as well as soybeans and some cold-hardy cotton plants.


Beginning in the 1940s various textile mills opened up in the Southside area. The textile industry found it an ideal place due to inexpensive labor (costs of living in much of southside is low), while the southside workforce found textile work to be much more lucrative than the low incomes that frequently come with farming. Along with tobacco manufacturing, the southside area was becoming a prosperous area. The cotton mill is a type of factory that was created to house spinning and weaving machinery. ...


Beginning in the 1970s, however, many of the textile mills closed up and outsourced work to countries such as Mexico, China, and India, where the labor costs were significantly lower. Furthermore, the waning demand for tobacco products hurt southside somewhat.


The 1990s brought some new manufacturing jobs to the area, often for industrial-grade metals and ceramics. Numerous prisons are in the area, bringing high-paying jobs with them.


Today, southside is primarily known for its most popular product, the budget-priced Bailey's cigarette, which are produced in Keysville Keysville is a town located in Charlotte County, Virginia. ...


Media

Television stations are receivable from all parts of southside, with the eastern parts receiving Richmond TV stations and the western parts receiving Roanoke/Lynchburg TV stations. In addition, some viewers on the northern or southern edges of the region receive Charlottesville and Raleigh TV stations, respectively. A television station is a type of radio station that broadcasts both audio and video to television receivers in a particular area. ... Nickname: C-Ville Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia Coordinates: Country United States State Virginia County Albemarle County Founded 1762  - Mayor David E. Brown Area    - City 26. ... Nickname: Motto: You Can See the Whole State from Here Map of Wake County, North Carolina Coordinates: Country United States State North Carolina County Wake County i Founded 1792 Government  - Mayor Charles Meeker (D) Area  - City  134. ...


While most people receive large-market radio stations from the same places as their TV stations, southside has a large variety of local radio. Country stations tend to dominate southside radio, though local classic rock, adult contemporary, Top 40, and public radio formats exist. This article includes a list of works cited but its sources remain unclear because it lacks in-text citations. ... Classic rock was originally conceived as a radio station programming format which evolved from the album oriented rock (AOR) format in the early-1980s. ... Adult contemporary music, frequently abbreciated to just AC, is a type of radio format that plays mainstream and pop music, without hip-hop or rap since, as per the name, it is geared more towards adults than teens. ... Top 40 is a radio format based on frequent repetition of songs from a constantly-updated list of the forty best-selling singles. ... Public broadcasting (also known as public service broadcasting or PSB) is the dominant form of broadcasting around the world, where radio, television, and potentially other electronic media outlets receive funding from the public. ...


All of southside can receive Virginia's largest newspaper, the Richmond Times-Dispatch. In addition, all the towns listed below (and others) have local newspapers, and they are generally weekly publications. The Richmond Times-Dispatch (RTD or TD for short) is the primary daily newspaper in Richmond, Virginia the capital of Virginia, and is commonly considered the newspaper of record for events occurring in much of the state. ...


Cities associated with Southside

Blackstone Blackstone is a town in Nottoway County, Virginia, United States. ...


Lynchburg May be considered by some to be in Southwest Virginia Lynchburg is an independent city located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. ... Southwest Virginia at its greatest geographical definition Southwest Virginia is a mountainous region of Virginia in the westernmost part of the commonwealth. ...


South Boston South Boston is a town located in Halifax County, Virginia. ...


Danville Nickname: River City, City of Churches Motto: A World Class Organization Country United States State Virginia County Independent City  - Mayor R. Wayne Williams, Jr. ...


Farmville Farmville is a town located in Virginia. ...


Appomattox Appomattox is a town located in Appomattox County, Virginia. ...


Emporia Emporia is an independent city located within the confines of Greensville County in Virginia. ...


Martinsville Martinsville is an independent city located within the confines of Henry County, Virginia. ...


Rocky Mount Rocky Mount is a town located in Franklin County, Virginia. ...


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Southside Virginia (303 words)
Southside Virginia stretches from the James River south to the North Carolina border.
Comprised of counties with some of Virginia's largest slave populations in the 19th century, Southside Virginia was also the scene of two important events during the Civil War.
Largely agricultural, Southside is historically the state's major center of tobacco farming, while the southeastern section of the region is known for its cotton and peanut cultivation.
Southside (Virginia) - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia (261 words)
The major center of the "Southside Virginia" area is generally considered to be Danville.
The term Southside Virginia is generally used to refer to the second area, and not the first.
The area east of Southampton and Prince George counties is not considered part of Southside Virginia, but rather, is known as South Hampton Roads (or locally, simplly the "Southside" as opposed to Hampton and Newport News as the "Peninsula".
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