Bedford, Virginia

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Population in 2017: 6,536 (97% urban, 3% rural).
Population change since 2000: +3.8%
 
Males: 2,945  (45.1%)
Females: 3,591  (54.9%)
Median resident age:

44.8 years
Virginia median age:

38.2 years

Zip codes: 24523.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $44,271 (it was $28,792 in 2000)
Bedford:

$44,271
VA:

$71,535

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $22,812 (it was $15,423 in 2000)

Bedford city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $153,843 (it was $89,800 in 2000)
Bedford:

$153,843
VA:

$273,400

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $190,045; detached houses: $199,524; mobile homes: $112,987

Median gross rent in 2017: $685.

March 2019 cost of living index in Bedford: 84.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 21.5%
(17.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 38.9% for Black residents, 10.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Bedford, VA (2010)
    • 4,67175.1%White alone
    • 1,24520.0%Black alone
    • 1342.2%Hispanic
    • 1121.8%Two or more races
    • 410.7%Asian alone
    • 110.2%Other race alone
    • 70.1%American Indian alone
    • 10.02%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

Races in Bedford detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 77 registered sex offenders living in Bedford, Virginia as of August 06, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Bedford is 86 to 1.


Crime rates in Bedford by year

Type

2005

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
1
(15.8)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.1)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
1
(15.8)
3
(47.8)
5
(80.4)
2
(31.9)
4
(63.1)
0
(0.0)
5
(79.4)
3
(48.0)
4
(67.9)
6
(102.0)
7
(108.7)
4
(61.0)
4
(60.4)
9
(137.8)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
8
(126.6)
4
(63.8)
1
(16.1)
0
(0.0)
5
(78.9)
4
(62.7)
1
(15.9)
3
(48.0)
3
(50.9)
3
(51.0)
4
(62.1)
0
(0.0)
4
(60.4)
1
(15.3)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
11
(174.1)
15
(239.1)
4
(64.4)
10
(159.7)
11
(173.6)
11
(172.5)
10
(158.8)
6
(96.0)
5
(84.8)
3
(51.0)
19
(295.2)
7
(106.8)
6
(90.6)
10
(153.1)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
16
(253.2)
23
(366.7)
19
(305.7)
28
(447.3)
26
(410.4)
22
(345.0)
35
(555.9)
20
(320.1)
26
(441.1)
25
(425.0)
23
(357.3)
9
(137.3)
10
(151.0)
14
(214.3)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
146
(2,310)
163
(2,598)
101
(1,625)
191
(3,051)
170
(2,684)
194
(3,042)
182
(2,891)
176
(2,816)
199
(3,376)
317
(5,389)
302
(4,692)
271
(4,134)
217
(3,277)
178
(2,725)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(47.5)
9
(143.5)
12
(193.1)
7
(111.8)
10
(157.9)
3
(47.0)
11
(174.7)
9
(144.0)
12
(203.6)
11
(187.0)
7
(108.7)
4
(61.0)
7
(105.7)
7
(107.2)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(15.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
3
(51.0)
2
(31.1)
5
(76.3)
1
(15.1)
2
(30.6)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)231.0246.3183.9251.8257.6202.9268.6218.6268.7367.4386.0250.0264.9278.0

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City-data.com crime index in Bedford, VA

Crime rate in Bedford detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 28 (25 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.83
Virginia average:

2.26
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Ancestries: English (20.2%), American (12.9%), Irish (8.1%), German (6.9%), Scotch-Irish (2.2%), European (1.7%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1969

Elevation: 1017 feet

Land area: 6.89 square miles.

Population density: 949 people per square mile   (low).

Bedford, Virginia map

77 residents are foreign born

This city:

1.2%
Virginia:

100.0%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,179 (0.8%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $951 (0.6%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lynchburg, VA (20.0 miles , pop. 65,269).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (88.3 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (299.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Montvale, VA (3.5 miles ),
Forest, VA (3.8 miles ),
Timberlake, VA (3.9 miles ),
Buchanan, VA (4.0 miles ),
Blue Ridge, VA (4.0 miles ),
Westlake Corner, VA (4.0 miles ),
Big Island, VA (4.1 miles ),
Laymantown, VA (4.2 miles )

Latitude: 37.33 N, Longitude: 79.52 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +3,264 (+49.2%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,272 (47.2%)

Area code: 540

Distribution of median household income in Bedford, VA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Bedford, VA in 2017
Bedford satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

3.2%
Virginia:

3.0%
Historical population in Bedford, VA
Historical housing units in Bedford, VA
Most common industries in Bedford, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (9.8%)
  • Educational services (8.2%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.5%)
  • Construction (6.4%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (5.2%)
  • Finance & insurance (5.0%)
  • Food & beverage stores (4.1%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (11.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.5%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.3%)
  • Public administration (5.2%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (5.0%)
  • Educational services (5.0%)
  • Repair & maintenance (4.2%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (18.0%)
  • Educational services (11.7%)
  • Finance & insurance (6.6%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.4%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (5.3%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (5.3%)
  • Food (3.7%)
Most common occupations in Bedford, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (7.9%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.8%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (3.5%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (3.4%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (3.3%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (9.7%)
  • Sales representatives, services, wholesale and manufacturing (5.0%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.3%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (4.0%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.6%)
  • Other material moving workers, except laborers (3.6%)
  • Printing workers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (7.6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6.8%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Information and record clerks, except customer service representatives (6.0%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (5.2%)
  • Other teachers, instructors, education, training, and library occupations (4.6%)
  • Cashiers (4.2%)

Average climate in Bedford, Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Bedford, Virginia environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI CO NO2 SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 59.0. This is better than average.

City:

59.0
U.S.:

74.2
Carbon Monoxide Level

Carbon Monoxide (CO) [ppm] level in 2018 was 0.228. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.228
U.S.:

0.267
Nitrogen Dioxide Level

Nitrogen Dioxide (NO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 5.24. This is about average. Closest monitor was 7.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.24
U.S.:

5.56
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.196. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.1 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.196
U.S.:

1.789
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 27.5. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 20.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 6.99. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 16.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

6.99
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Bedford-area historical tornado activity is below Virginia state average. It is 64% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/15/1996, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 1.8 miles away from the Bedford city center caused $140,000 in damages.

On 4/28/2002, a category F2 tornado 7.7 miles away from the city center injured 12 people and caused $6 million in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Bedford-area historical earthquake activity is near Virginia state average. It is 83% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 90.6 miles away from the city center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 249.0 miles away from the city center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 291.2 miles away from Bedford center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 132.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 135.6 miles away from the city center
On 10/21/1998 at 05:56:47, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 8.3 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 63.6 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Bedford County (19) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 15
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Storms: 9, Floods: 6, Winter Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Droughts: 2, Ice Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Bedford topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Bedford:

  • BEDFORD HOSPICE CARE (815 SUMMIT STREET)
  • BEDFORD MEMORIAL HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 1613 OAKWOOD STREET)
  • BEDFORD CO MEM HOSP (OAKWOOD ST)
  • BEDFORD CO NURSING HOME (1229 COUNTY FARM ROAD)
  • OAKWOOD MANOR BEDFORD MEM (1613 OAKWOOD STREET)
  • BMA - BLUE RIDGE (838 OLE TURNPIKE DR)

Airports and heliports located in Bedford:

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Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Bedford:

  • Central Virginia Community College (about 19 miles; Lynchburg, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,759)
  • Liberty University (about 19 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 61,625)
  • Lynchburg College (about 20 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 2,456)
  • Virginia Western Community College (about 26 miles; Roanoke, VA; FT enrollment: 4,762)
  • American National University (about 28 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,297)
  • Roanoke College (about 30 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,316)
  • Patrick Henry Community College (about 46 miles; Martinsville, VA; FT enrollment: 2,266)

Public high school in Bedford:

  • LIBERTY HIGH (Students: 1,046, Location: 100 LIBERTY MINUTEMEN DR, Grades: 9-12)

Private high school in Bedford:

  • PRECEPT SCHOOLS OF VIRGINIA (Students: 17, Location: 729 BLUE RIDGE AVE, Grades: 2-11)

Public elementary/middle schools in Bedford:

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Library in Bedford:

  • BEDFORD PUBLIC LIBRARY SYSTEM (Operating income: $1,801,536; Location: 321 NORTH BRIDGE STREET; 164,507 books; 8,540 audio materials; 9,375 video materials; 4 local licensed databases; 18 state licensed databases; 279 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Bedford: Elks National Home (A), Bedford Public Library (B), Bedford County Courthouse (C), Bedford City-County Museum (D), Bedford Rescue Squad Number 1 (E), Bedford Fire Station Company Number 1 (F), Bedford Police Department (G), Bedford Rescue Squad Nunber 1 (H), Bedford Fire Station Company Nunber 1 (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Center: Westgate Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Bedford include: Bedford Baptist Church (A), Bedford Christian Church (B), Bedford Presbyterian Church (C), Church of God (D), Holy Name of Mary Catholic Church (E), Kingdom Hall of Jehovahs Witnesses (F), Lovely Zion Baptist Church (G), Main Street Methodist Church (H), Pentecostal Holiness Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Fairmount Cemetery (1), Longwood Cemetery (2), Otey Street Cemetery (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Creek: South Fork Little Otter Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Park in Bedford: Bedford Historic District (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attraction: Avenel Plantation (Historical Places & Services; 413 Avenel Avenue).

Courts: Bedford County - Juvenile Court Service Unit- Magistrate (1000 Broad Street), Virginia Commonwealth - Conservation Recreation Dept- Forestry Div- (1015 Monroe Street), Court Street Pizza (302 Court), Fort Chiswell High School - Corrections Dept- Court Service Unit (Courthouse).

Birthplace of: Creed Taylor - Record producer, Abram Trigg - Soldier, Caleb Buchanan - College basketball player (Air Force Falcons).

Bedford County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Drinking water stations with addresses in Bedford and their reported violations in the past:

FOREST CENTRAL WATER SYSTEM (Population served: 18,598, Purch surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUL-29-2010), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-29-2010), St Compliance achieved (AUG-16-2010), St Public Notif received (AUG-30-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In MAR-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (APR-04-2007), St Public Notif requested (APR-04-2007), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2007), St Public Notif received (NOV-27-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-2006, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-28-2006), St Public Notif requested (SEP-28-2006), St Public Notif received (OCT-19-2006), St Compliance achieved (OCT-01-2007)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In AUG-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-15-2005), St Public Notif requested (SEP-15-2005), St Compliance achieved (SEP-15-2005), St Public Notif received (OCT-25-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUN-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (JUN-28-2005), St Public Notif requested (JUN-28-2005), St Compliance achieved (JUL-12-2005), St Public Notif received (AUG-02-2005)
Past monitoring violations:
  • One minor monitoring violation
HILLCREST SUBDIVISION (Population served: 130, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2010, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-18-2010), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-18-2010), St Public Notif received (JUN-30-2011), St Compliance achieved (AUG-08-2011)
SMITH MT LAKE MOOSE LODGE (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between APR-2014 and JUN-2014, Contaminant: Coliform
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - Between JAN-2007 and MAR-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (FEB-09-2007), St Public Notif requested (FEB-12-2007), St Formal NOV issued (FEB-12-2007), St Compliance achieved (FEB-27-2007)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Monitoring, Repeat Major (TCR) - Between APR-2011 and JUN-2011, Contaminant: Coliform (TCR). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (JUN-27-2011), St Formal NOV issued (JUN-27-2011), St Compliance achieved (SEP-13-2011)
  • 4 routine major monitoring violations
  • One minor monitoring violation
MILLSTONE TEA ROOM (Population served: 50, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-2013 and MAR-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-18-2013), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-18-2013), St Compliance achieved (MAY-02-2013)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (SEP-02-2010), St Formal NOV issued (SEP-02-2010), St Public Notif received (OCT-18-2010), St Compliance achieved (DEC-28-2010)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JAN-2007 and MAR-2007, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAR-19-2007), St Public Notif requested (MAR-19-2007), St Public Notif received (JUL-23-2008), St Compliance achieved (JUL-23-2008)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2005 and SEP-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-12-2005), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-12-2005), St Compliance achieved (APR-12-2006)
Past monitoring violations:
  • 10 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Virginia:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

60.6%
Whole state:

67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

6.0%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.2% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Bedford in 2010:

  • 106 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 100 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 93 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 55 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 14 people in group homes intended for adults

People in group quarters in Bedford in 2000:

  • 204 people in nursing homes
  • 201 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 123 people in other group homes
  • 73 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 8 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Banks with most branches in Bedford (2011 data):

  • Carter Bank & Trust: Moneta Branch, Forest Road Branch, Bedford Branch. Info updated 2007/02/23: Bank assets: $3,970.4 mil, Deposits: $3,610.0 mil, headquarters in Martinsville, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 123 total offices
  • StellarOne Bank: Bedford Branch at 125 West Main Street, branch established on 1935/11/06. Info updated 2008/06/06: Bank assets: $2,911.7 mil, Deposits: $2,404.3 mil, headquarters in Christiansburg, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 58 total offices, Holding Company: Stellarone Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Bedford Branch at 101 North Bridge Street, branch established on 1960/11/01. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • The Bank of Fincastle: Bedford Office Branch at 1387 American Way Court, branch established on 2005/08/29. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $180.4 mil, Deposits: $154.3 mil, headquarters in Fincastle, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 8 total offices
  • American National Bank and Trust Company: Bedford Office at 207 North Bridge Street, branch established on 2008/05/01. Info updated 2011/07/11: Bank assets: $1,303.6 mil, Deposits: $1,060.7 mil, headquarters in Danville, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 29 total offices, Holding Company: American National Bankshares Inc.
  • SunTrust Bank: Bedford Branch 496 at 115 West Main Street, branch established on 1974/04/18. Info updated 2010/05/27: Bank assets: $171,291.7 mil, Deposits: $129,833.2 mil, headquarters in Atlanta, GA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1716 total offices, Holding Company: Suntrust Banks, Inc.
  • Woodforest National Bank: Bedford Wal-Mart Branch at 1126 Lunchburg Salem Turnpike, branch established on 2007/05/26. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • Bank of the James: Bedford Branch at 1405 Ole Dominion Blvd, branch established on 2008/10/01. Info updated 2006/11/03: Bank assets: $427.0 mil, Deposits: $375.0 mil, headquarters in Lynchburg, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 10 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of The James Financial Group, Inc.
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Bedford Branch at 130 East Main Street, branch established on 1961/09/18. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Bedford:

Marital status in Bedford, VA
  • Never married: 35.0%
  • Now married: 43.6%
  • Separated: 1.1%
  • Widowed: 10.9%
  • Divorced: 9.4%

For population 25 years and over in Bedford:

  • High school or higher: 82.8%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 23.7%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.1%
  • Unemployed: 13.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 18.9 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.6
Virginia average:

12.2

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Bedford
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Religion statistics for Bedford, VA (based on Bedford County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant20,82264
Mainline Protestant5,05240
Catholic2,1192
Other13-
None40,670-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Here:

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Bedford County:

0.15 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 7
Here:

1.05 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 18
This county:

2.70 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 28
Bedford County:

4.21 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Bedford County:

8.6%
Virginia:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Bedford County:

27.1%
Virginia:

26.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

50.7%
State:

50.2%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Bedford:

47.3%
Virginia:

47.8%

Average BMI:
Here:

29.1
Virginia:

28.7

People feeling badly about themselves:
Bedford:

18.1%
Virginia:

20.3%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Bedford:

11.0%
Virginia:

10.7%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Bedford:

6.8
Virginia:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

35.2%
Virginia:

33.7%

General health condition:
This city:

56.1%
Virginia:

56.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Bedford:

78.2%
State:

80.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Bedford, VA Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2016)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Police Protection - Officers 24$92,055$46,0280$0
Electric Power 20$93,934$56,3600$0
Streets and Highways 20$60,406$36,2440$0
Financial Administration 12$48,500$48,5000$0
Other Government Administration 3$22,216$88,8648$3,109
Housing and Community Development (Local) 2$8,580$51,4800$0
Solid Waste Management 2$5,350$32,1000$0
Police - Other 2$6,479$38,8741$1,435
Judicial and Legal 1$2,719$32,6280$0
Firefighters 0$0 2$2,349
Totals for Government 86$340,239$47,47511$6,893

Bedford government finances - Expenditure in 2016 (per resident):

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $196,000 ($29.99)
  • Construction - Regular Highways: $1,260,000 ($192.78)
    General Public Buildings: $632,000 ($96.70)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $436,000 ($66.71)
  • Current Operations - Public Welfare - Other: $2,421,000 ($370.41)
    Police Protection: $1,612,000 ($246.63)
    Correctional Institutions: $1,512,000 ($231.33)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,466,000 ($224.30)
    Regular Highways: $716,000 ($109.55)
    Financial Administration: $681,000 ($104.19)
    Transit Utilities: $596,000 ($91.19)
    Parks and Recreation: $535,000 ($81.85)
    Housing and Community Development: $514,000 ($78.64)
    Solid Waste Management: $450,000 ($68.85)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $433,000 ($66.25)
    General Public Buildings: $428,000 ($65.48)
    Central Staff Services: $397,000 ($60.74)
    General - Other: $296,000 ($45.29)
    Libraries: $237,000 ($36.26)
    Parking Facilities: $192,000 ($29.38)
    Health - Other: $187,000 ($28.61)
    Sewerage: $129,000 ($19.74)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $58,000 ($8.87)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $551,000 ($84.30)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Public Welfare - Other: $939,000 ($143.67)
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $361,000 ($55.23)
    Other - Solid Waste Management: $180,000 ($27.54)
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $75,000 ($11.47)
    Other - Police Protection: $3,000 ($0.46)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Central Staff Services: $354,000 ($54.16)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $241,000 ($36.87)
    Transit Utilities: $85,000 ($13.00)
    Correctional Institutions: $53,000 ($8.11)
    Parks and Recreation: $3,000 ($0.46)
    Local Fire Protection: $1,000 ($0.15)
    Judicial and Legal Services: $1,000 ($0.15)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $10,790,000 ($1650.86)
  • Transit Utilities - Interest on Debt: $38,000 ($5.81)

Bedford government finances - Revenue in 2016 (per resident):

  • Charges - Other: $999,000 ($152.85)
    Parking Facilities: $203,000 ($31.06)
    Solid Waste Management: $156,000 ($23.87)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $87,000 ($13.31)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $60,000 ($9.18)
    Parks and Recreation: $47,000 ($7.19)
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $6,000 ($0.92)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Transit Utilities: $294,000 ($44.98)
    Other: $228,000 ($34.88)
    Housing and Community Development: $72,000 ($11.02)
    Public Welfare: $47,000 ($7.19)
    Education: $45,000 ($6.88)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $414,000 ($63.34)
    Transit Utilities: $165,000 ($25.24)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $587,000 ($89.81)
    Interest Earnings: $186,000 ($28.46)
    Fines and Forfeits: $100,000 ($15.30)
    Special Assessments: $10,000 ($1.53)
    Rents: $5,000 ($0.76)
    Donations From Private Sources: $4,000 ($0.61)
    Sale of Property: $1,000 ($0.15)
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $142,000 ($21.73)
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $6,762,000 ($1034.58)
    Public Welfare: $2,343,000 ($358.48)
    Other: $1,840,000 ($281.52)
    General Local Government Support: $1,065,000 ($162.94)
    Highways: $980,000 ($149.94)
    Transit Utilities: $134,000 ($20.50)
    Housing and Community Development: $8,000 ($1.22)
  • Tax - Property: $7,581,000 ($1159.88)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,438,000 ($220.01)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,402,000 ($214.50)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $924,000 ($141.37)
    Public Utilities Sales: $725,000 ($110.92)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $158,000 ($24.17)
    Motor Vehicle License: $148,000 ($22.64)
    Other License: $80,000 ($12.24)

Bedford government finances - Debt in 2016 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $13,738,000 ($2101.90)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $12,023,000 ($1839.50)
    Beginning Outstanding - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $1,776,000 ($271.73)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,715,000 ($262.39)
    Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $1,648,000 ($252.14)
    Retired Nonguaranteed - Public Debt for Private Purpose: $128,000 ($19.58)

Bedford government finances - Cash and Securities in 2016 (per resident):

  • Bond Funds - Cash and Securities: $1,229,000 ($188.04)
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,224,000 ($952.26)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $2,049,000 ($313.49)

7.79% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($53,779 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.79%
Virginia average:

9.50%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Lynchburg city, VA  1.59% ($57,044 average AGI)
from Campbell County, VA  0.89% ($48,235)
from Roanoke County, VA  0.69% ($43,673)


6.91% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($53,213 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.91%
Virginia average:

9.76%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Lynchburg city, VA  1.14% ($46,738 average AGI)
to Campbell County, VA  0.74% ($40,384)
to Roanoke city, VA  0.62% ($30,984)
Businesses in Bedford, VA
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Long John Silver's1
Applebee's1Lowe's1
Arby's1McDonald's1
AutoZone1Papa John's Pizza1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
CVS2RadioShack1
Dairy Queen1Ruby Tuesday1
Days Inn1Subway2
FedEx2Taco Bell1
Ford1U-Haul2
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular1
Hardee's1UPS2
KFC1Walmart1
La-Z-Boy2Wendy's1
Lane Furniture1YMCA1
Little Caesars Pizza1

Strongest AM radio stations in Bedford:

  • WBLT (1350 AM; 1 kW; BEDFORD, VA; Owner: WBLT, INC.)
  • WLLL (930 AM; 10 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: HUBBARD'S ADVERTISING AGENCY, INC.)
  • WLVA (590 AM; 5 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA)
  • WKBA (1550 AM; daytime; 10 kW; VINTON, VA; Owner: TINKER CREEK BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WVBE (610 AM; 5 kW; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WFIR (960 AM; 5 kW; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKPA (1170 AM; 5 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: SEVEN HILLS MEDIA, INC.)
  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WCQV (880 AM; daytime; 1 kW; MONETA, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WFNR (710 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLACKSBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WRIS (1410 AM; 5 kW; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: WRIS INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Bedford:

  • WBWR (106.9 FM; BEDFORD, VA; Owner: BEDFORD RADIO PARTNERS, LLC)
  • WRXT (90.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WYYD (107.9 FM; AMHERST, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRVL (88.3 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, INC.)
  • WZZU (97.9 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: TRAVIS MEDIA L.L.C.)
  • WNRS-FM (89.9 FM; SWEET BRIAR, VA; Owner: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE)
  • WROV-FM (96.3 FM; MARTINSVILLE, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZZI (101.5 FM; VINTON, VA; Owner: TRAVIS MEDIA, L.L.C.)
  • WXLK (92.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLC-FM (94.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WVTF (89.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WSLQ (99.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WMGR-FM (104.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WXCF-FM (103.9 FM; CLIFTON FORGE, VA; Owner: IMPACT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WYYD-FM1 (107.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: WYYD LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WPAR (91.3 FM; SALEM, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • W229AE (93.7 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WJJS-FM (106.1 FM; VINTON, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • KHPR (88.1 FM; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W280DB (103.9 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Bedford:

  • WSET-TV (Channel 13; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: WSET INCORPORATED)
  • WJPR (Channel 21; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: GRANT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS II, INC.)
  • WTLU-CA (Channel 19; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, INC.)
  • W40BM (Channel 40; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: TRINITY BROADCASTING NETWORK)
Bedford fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017

Bedford fatal accident list:

Aug 25, 2014 08:24 AM, Sr-43, Peaks St, Lat: 37.347967, Lon: -79.527186, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Pedestrians: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 20, 2011 02:32 AM, Us-221, Lat: 37.335636, Lon: -79.528839, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1, Drunk persons involved: 1
Mar 20, 2009 09:24 AM, Us-221, Rt 670, Lat: 37.349964, Lon: -79.498786, Vehicles: 3, Persons: 3, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 40Number of bridges
  • 325ft / 99.4mTotal length
  • $59,011,000Total costs
  • 146,411Total average daily traffic
  • 7,681Total average daily truck traffic
  • 224,107Total future (year 2032) average daily traffic
New bridges in Bedford, VA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 21900-1909
  • 81930-1939
  • 41950-1959
  • 21960-1969
  • 151970-1979
  • 31980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Bedford, VA
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 3 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Bedford)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 60 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Bedford, VA)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 31 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 91 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Paging Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Paging Towers)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 126 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Bedford)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Bedford)

2002 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year According to the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 117. The highest number of reported fires - 183 took place in 2007, and the least - 48 in 2002. The data has an increasing trend.
    Fire incident types in Bedford, VA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (55.0%), and Outside Fires (31.4%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Bedford, VA
    • 1,09155.0%Structure Fires
    • 62231.4%Outside Fires
    • 23111.6%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 402.0%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Bedford, VA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Bedford, Virginia:

  • Super 8 Bedford, 842 Sword Beach Ln, Bedford, Virginia 24523 , Phone: (540) 587-0100, Fax: (540) 587-0808
  • Super 8, 842 Sword Beach Ln, Bedford, Virginia 24523 , Phone: (540) 587-0100
All 2 fire-safe hotels and motels in Bedford, Virginia
Most common first names in Bedford, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William26676.6 years
James23574.7 years
John22976.8 years
Mary18080.0 years
Robert15375.7 years
George11679.0 years
Charles11476.6 years
Harry8281.1 years
Thomas8174.6 years
Joseph8077.8 years
Most common last names in Bedford, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson14676.4 years
Overstreet13876.3 years
Smith7980.1 years
Carter7375.4 years
Wright7175.9 years
Witt6677.4 years
Jones5571.7 years
Saunders4776.7 years
Brown4773.2 years
Martin4580.7 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Bedford, VA
  • 58.2%Electricity
  • 30.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 4.3%Wood
  • 4.0%Utility gas
  • 2.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Bedford, VA
  • 90.9%Electricity
  • 6.2%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.1%No fuel used
  • 0.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.9%Utility gas


Bedford compared to Virginia state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly below state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.

Bedford on our top lists:

  • #40 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the largest percentage of people in other group homes (population 1,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in occupations: community and social service occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #93 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of males in industries: wholesale trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #6 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the largest increase in the number of deaths per 1000 residents 2000-2006 to 2007-2013 (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #18 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #50 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest ground withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
  • #72 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest surface withdrawal of fresh water for public supply (pop. 50,000+)"
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