Covington, Virginia

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Population in 2019: 5,538 (100% urban, 0% rural).
Population change since 2000: -12.1%
 
Males: 2,652  (47.9%)
Females: 2,886  (52.1%)
Median resident age:

42.7 years
Virginia median age:

38.5 years

Zip codes: 24426.

Estimated median household income in 2019: $41,879 (it was $30,325 in 2000)
Covington:

$41,879
VA:

$76,456

Estimated per capita income in 2019: $26,183 (it was $16,758 in 2000)

Covington city income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $77,091 (it was $50,700 in 2000)
Covington:

$77,091
VA:

$288,800

Median gross rent in 2019: $629.

March 2019 cost of living index in Covington: 75.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 13.2%
(13.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.6% for Black residents, 15.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 11.3% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Covington, VA (2019)
    • 4,52180.0%White alone
    • 71512.7%Black alone
    • 1552.7%Two or more races
    • 1392.5%Hispanic
    • 671.2%Asian alone
    • 90.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone

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



According to our research of Virginia and other state lists, there were 54 registered sex offenders living in Covington, Virginia as of August 08, 2022.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Covington is 106 to 1.


Crime rates in Covington by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

2019

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.3)
1
(16.3)
1
(16.2)
1
(16.6)
1
(16.7)
1
(17.5)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
3
(47.9)
4
(66.4)
2
(32.6)
6
(98.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(16.6)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(69.1)
2
(34.8)
0
(0.0)
1
(18.4)
1
(18.3)
3
(55.8)
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3
(47.9)
1
(16.6)
0
(0.0)
2
(32.7)
2
(32.5)
7
(116.0)
1
(16.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(17.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
7
(111.7)
8
(132.7)
10
(163.1)
11
(179.6)
8
(129.9)
13
(215.5)
11
(183.2)
6
(104.8)
6
(103.7)
6
(104.3)
8
(143.6)
16
(294.0)
3
(54.9)
2
(37.2)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
27
(430.8)
28
(464.6)
36
(587.3)
30
(489.9)
28
(454.8)
24
(397.9)
26
(433.0)
18
(314.4)
14
(242.0)
13
(226.1)
10
(179.5)
9
(165.4)
10
(183.1)
10
(186.2)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
128
(2,042)
130
(2,157)
129
(2,104)
137
(2,237)
163
(2,647)
110
(1,824)
118
(1,965)
85
(1,485)
94
(1,625)
113
(1,965)
110
(1,975)
76
(1,397)
93
(1,703)
98
(1,824)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
10
(159.6)
8
(132.7)
6
(97.9)
6
(98.0)
10
(162.4)
3
(49.7)
3
(50.0)
2
(34.9)
3
(51.8)
4
(69.6)
1
(18.0)
3
(55.1)
4
(73.2)
8
(148.9)
Arson
(per 100,000)
5
(79.8)
3
(49.8)
4
(65.3)
8
(130.6)
1
(16.2)
0
(0.0)
4
(66.6)
1
(17.5)
2
(34.6)
3
(52.2)
2
(35.9)
1
(18.4)
2
(36.6)
1
(18.6)
City-Data.com crime index199.6214.0224.5288.4218.9229.1187.9140.1162.1188.7121.7145.4112.4150.0

The City-Data.com crime index weighs serious crimes and violent crimes more heavily. Higher means more crime, U.S. average is 270.6. It adjusts for the number of visitors and daily workers commuting into cities.

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City-data.com crime index in Covington, VA

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2019, including police officers: 26 (17 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

3.16
Virginia average:

2.27
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Ancestries: American (21.6%), English (10.5%), European (9.0%), German (7.8%), Irish (4.5%), Scotch-Irish (1.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Incorporated in 1953

Elevation: 1245 feet

Land area: 5.67 square miles.

Population density: 976 people per square mile   (low).

Covington, Virginia map

191 residents are foreign born (2.4% Latin America, 0.4% Asia).

This city:

3.4%
Virginia:

12.4%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $506 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $510 (0.7%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Roanoke, VA (35.3 miles , pop. 94,911).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Greensboro, NC (118.4 miles , pop. 223,891).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (302.3 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Callaghan, VA (2.2 miles ),
Low Moor, VA (2.5 miles ),
Selma, VA (2.8 miles ),
Clifton Forge, VA (3.1 miles ),
Iron Gate, VA (3.3 miles ),
Hot Springs, VA (4.1 miles ),
White Sulphur Springs, WV (4.1 miles ),
Fincastle, VA (4.6 miles )

Latitude: 37.79 N, Longitude: 79.99 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: -72 (-1.3%)
Workers who live and work in this city: 1,002 (38.9%)

Area code: 540

Distribution of median household income in Covington, VA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Covington, VA in 2019
Covington satellite photo by USGS
Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.5%
Virginia:

4.6%
Unemployment by year
Historical population in Covington, VA
Historical housing units in Covington, VA
Most common industries in Covington, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Paper (12.8%)
  • Construction (10.0%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.4%)
  • Health care (4.9%)
  • Educational services (4.8%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (4.6%)
  • Public administration (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Paper (19.9%)
  • Construction (17.3%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (6.9%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.8%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (4.7%)
  • Public administration (2.9%)
  • Food & beverage stores (2.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Accommodation & food services (10.4%)
  • Health care (9.7%)
  • Educational services (8.2%)
  • Public administration (6.4%)
  • Department & other general merchandise stores (5.8%)
  • Social assistance (5.6%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.2%)
Most common occupations in Covington, VA (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (11.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.7%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (4.1%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (3.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (3.5%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (15.4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (6.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6.2%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.0%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.9%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (3.3%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Cashiers (6.4%)
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (6.2%)
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (6.0%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.3%)
  • Child care workers (4.5%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers, including supervisors (4.1%)

Average climate in Covington, Virginia

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Covington, Virginia environmental map by EPA

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 5.24. This is significantly better than average.

City:

5.24
U.S.:

74.20
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.458. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 1.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.458
U.S.:

1.789

Tornado activity:

Covington-area historical tornado activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 77% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/4/1974, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 31.3 miles away from the Covington city center killed one person and injured 11 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/24/1975, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 26.3 miles away from the city center caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Covington-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 32% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 112.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 109.2 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) earthquake occurred 217.5 miles away from Covington center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:18, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 103.3 miles away from the city center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi) earthquake occurred 110.9 miles away from Covington center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 115.0 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Alleghany County (17) is near the US average (15).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 13
Emergencies Declared: 4

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

Hospitals and medical centers in Covington:

  • COVINGTON DIALYSIS (2504 VALLEY RIDGE RD)
  • INTREPID USA HEALTHCARE SERVICES (362 WEST MAIN STREET)
  • SENTARA HOME CARE SERVICES (214 WEST MAIN STREET)

Amtrak stations near Covington:

  • 9 miles: CLIFTON FORGE (400 RIDGEWAY ST.) . Services: enclosed waiting area, public restrooms, free short-term parking, free long-term parking, call for taxi service.
  • 18 miles: WHITE SULPHUR SPRINGS (WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, 315 W. MAIN ST.) . Services: call for taxi service.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Covington:

  • American National University (about 34 miles; Salem, VA; Full-time enrollment: 2,297)
  • Roanoke College (about 35 miles; Salem, VA; FT enrollment: 2,316)
  • Virginia Western Community College (about 38 miles; Roanoke, VA; FT enrollment: 4,762)
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University (about 46 miles; Blacksburg, VA; FT enrollment: 30,984)
  • Lynchburg College (about 52 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 2,456)
  • Central Virginia Community College (about 54 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 2,759)
  • Liberty University (about 54 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 61,625)

Public high schools in Covington:

  • COVINGTON HIGH (Students: 354, Location: 606 S. LEXINGTON AVENUE, Grades: 8-12)
  • ALLEGHANY HIGH (Location: 210 MOUNTAINEER DRIVE, Grades: 9-12)

Private high school in Covington:

  • BOYS HOME (Students: 13, Location: 414 BOYS HOME RD, Grades: UG-11, Boys only)

Public elementary/middle schools in Covington:

  • CLIFTON MIDDLE (Students: 696, Location: 1000 RIVERVIEW FARM ROAD, Grades: 6-8)
  • MT VIEW ELEM (Students: 610, Location: 100 GLEASON DR., Grades: PK-5)
  • EDGEMONT PRIMARY (Students: 347, Location: 574 WEST INDIAN VALLEY ROAD, Grades: PK-3)
  • JETER-WATSON INTERMEDIATE (Students: 249, Location: 560 WEST INDIAN VALLEY ROAD, Grades: 4-7)
  • CALLAGHAN ELEM (Students: 222, Location: 4050 MIDLAND TRAIL, Grades: PK-5)
See full list of schools located in Covington

Library in Covington:

  • CHARLES P. JONES MEMORIAL LIBRARY (Operating income: $327,487; Location: 406 W. RIVERSIDE STREET; 82,471 books; 1,076 audio materials; 2,216 video materials; 4 local licensed databases; 18 state licensed databases; 135 print serial subscriptions)

Points of interest:

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Notable locations in Covington: Covington Industrial Park (A), Jones Memorial Branch Library (B), Covington City Hall (C), Alleghany County Jail (D), Alleghany County Courthouse (E), Alleghany County Sheriffs Department (F), MeadWestvaco Fire and Rescue Squad (G), Covington Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Covington include: South Covington Church (A), Calvary Baptist Church (B), Church of God (C), Covington Baptist Church (D), Emmanuel Episcopal Church (E), Epworth Methodist Church (F), First Baptist Church (G), First Christian Church (H), First Church of God (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemetery: Cedar Hill Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Mill Branch (A), Dry Run (B), Laurel Branch (C), Harmon Run (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

Hotels: Highland Motel (720 South Highland Avenue), Holiday Inn Express (701 Carlyle Street), Best Western Mountain View (820 East Madison Street), Comfort Inn Covington (203 Interstate Drive), Covington Knights Inn (908 Valley Ridge Drive I-64 And Route 220 Exit 16).

Birthplace of: Jim Lemon - Baseball player and coach, William R. Terrill - Union Army general, Bimbo Coles - Basketball player, Gary L. Miller - Army Medal of Honor recipient, W. Chapman Revercomb - Politician, Bill Hepler - Baseball player, Bob Humphreys - Baseball player, Jack Jenkins (baseball) - Baseball player, John Doyle (West Virginia politician) - Politician.

Alleghany County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

COVINGTON, CITY OF (Population served: 7,300, Surface water):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2013, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-21-2013), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-21-2013), St Public Notif received (JUN-19-2013), St Compliance achieved (JUL-01-2013)

Drinking water stations with addresses in Covington that have no violations reported:

  • CLIFTONDALE PARK/ WILSON CREEK/ SHARON (Population served: 1,629, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • INTERVALE/CLEARWATER PARK (Population served: 1,179, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • CHEROKEE (Population served: 486, Primary Water Source Type: Purch surface water)
  • MORRIS HILL - CORPS (Population served: 400, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This city:

2.2 people
Virginia:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This city:

59.2%
Whole state:

67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This city:

7.3%
Whole state:

5.7%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
86 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities in 2010
7 people in other nonhousehold living situations in 2000
4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters in 2000

Banks with branches in Covington (2011 data):

  • Branch Banking and Trust Company: South Craig Avenue Branch at 1201 South Craig Avenue, branch established on 2000/07/10; Covington Branch at 116 West Riverside Street, branch established on 1979/02/26. Info updated 2010/03/29: Bank assets: $168,867.6 mil, Deposits: $127,549.5 mil, headquarters in Winston Salem, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1793 total offices, Holding Company: Bb&T Corporation
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Covington Branch at 246 West Main Street, branch established on 1964/12/15. 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
  • First National Bank: Covington Branch at 141 - 155 N. Court Street, branch established on 2002/02/04. Info updated 2010/06/02: Bank assets: $264.5 mil, Deposits: $231.4 mil, headquarters in Ronceverte, WV, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 6 total offices, Holding Company: First National Bankshares Corporation
  • Highlands Community Bank: at 309 Thacker Avenue, branch established on 2002/09/16. Info updated 2006/04/27: Bank assets: $114.3 mil, Deposits: $101.2 mil, local headquarters, positive income, 2 total offices
  • StellarOne Bank: Covington Branch at 450 W Main St., branch established on 2003/09/26. 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

For population 15 years and over in Covington:

Marital status in Covington, VA
  • Never married: 22.8%
  • Now married: 54.4%
  • Separated: 2.5%
  • Widowed: 8.7%
  • Divorced: 11.6%

For population 25 years and over in Covington:

  • High school or higher: 87.3%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 15.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.2%
  • Unemployed: 4.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 16.2 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2019
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2019
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

8.9
Virginia average:

12.1

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2019
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Covington
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Covington, VA (based on Alleghany County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant2,90815
Mainline Protestant2,51222
Catholic1111
Black Protestant831
Other-1
None10,636-
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: 3
Alleghany County:

1.84 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
This county:

0.61 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Here:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Here:

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Alleghany County:

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

10.9%
Virginia:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.4%
Virginia:

26.7%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

57.0%
Virginia:

50.6%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Covington:

56.6%
State:

48.6%

Average BMI:
Covington:

27.9
Virginia:

28.6

People feeling badly about themselves:
Covington:

18.1%
Virginia:

20.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

8.4%
Virginia:

10.5%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

7.1
Virginia:

6.8

Overweight people:
Covington:

32.8%
State:

33.5%

General health condition:
This city:

63.0%
State:

57.4%

Average condition of hearing:
Covington:

80.6%
State:

80.5%

More about Health and Nutrition of Covington, VA Residents

Covington government finances - Expenditure in 2017 (per resident):

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $100,000 ($18.06)
    General Public Buildings: $66,000 ($11.92)
    Parks and Recreation: $57,000 ($10.29)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $20,000 ($3.61)
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,000 ($0.18)
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $11,217,000 ($2025.46)
    Police Protection: $2,361,000 ($426.33)
    Regular Highways: $1,393,000 ($251.53)
    Parks and Recreation: $1,236,000 ($223.19)
    Financial Administration: $1,052,000 ($189.96)
    Sewerage: $1,044,000 ($188.52)
    Water Utilities: $988,000 ($178.40)
    Solid Waste Management: $946,000 ($170.82)
    Central Staff Services: $677,000 ($122.25)
    General - Other: $418,000 ($75.48)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $221,000 ($39.91)
    General Public Buildings: $213,000 ($38.46)
    Local Fire Protection: $201,000 ($36.29)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $127,000 ($22.93)
    Public Welfare - Other: $127,000 ($22.93)
    Housing and Community Development: $124,000 ($22.39)
    Libraries: $121,000 ($21.85)
    Health - Other: $98,000 ($17.70)
    Correctional Institutions: $83,000 ($14.99)
    Natural Resources - Other: $7,000 ($1.26)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Public Welfare - Other: $1,656,000 ($299.02)
    Other - Police Protection: $237,000 ($42.80)
    Other - Correctional Institutions: $229,000 ($41.35)
    Other - Judicial and Legal Services: $180,000 ($32.50)
    Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $154,000 ($27.81)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $403,000 ($72.77)
    Financial Administration: $100,000 ($18.06)
    Local Fire Protection: $90,000 ($16.25)
    Police Protection: $66,000 ($11.92)
    Parks and Recreation: $37,000 ($6.68)
    Solid Waste Management: $25,000 ($4.51)
    General - Other: $18,000 ($3.25)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities - Other: $17,000 ($3.07)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $6,481,000 ($1170.28)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $1,654,000 ($298.66)

Covington government finances - Revenue in 2017 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,886,000 ($340.56)
    Solid Waste Management: $1,037,000 ($187.25)
    Other: $255,000 ($46.05)
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $221,000 ($39.91)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $50,000 ($9.03)
    Parks and Recreation: $46,000 ($8.31)
    Elementary and Secondary Education - Other: $1,000 ($0.18)
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $78,000 ($14.08)
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $212,000 ($38.28)
    Public Welfare: $30,000 ($5.42)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $137,000 ($24.74)
    Interest Earnings: $66,000 ($11.92)
    Donations From Private Sources: $42,000 ($7.58)
    Rents: $16,000 ($2.89)
    Fines and Forfeits: $5,000 ($0.90)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $2,319,000 ($418.74)
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $7,512,000 ($1356.45)
    Public Welfare: $1,096,000 ($197.91)
    Highways: $1,039,000 ($187.61)
    Other: $965,000 ($174.25)
    General Local Government Support: $558,000 ($100.76)
  • Tax - Property: $8,327,000 ($1503.61)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $1,244,000 ($224.63)
    Other Selective Sales: $1,082,000 ($195.38)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $522,000 ($94.26)
    Public Utilities Sales: $412,000 ($74.40)
    Other: $265,000 ($47.85)
    Motor Vehicle License: $140,000 ($25.28)
    Tobacco Products Sales: $125,000 ($22.57)
    Other License: $8,000 ($1.44)

Covington government finances - Debt in 2017 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $41,349,000 ($7466.41)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $40,454,000 ($7304.80)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,645,000 ($297.04)
    Issue, Unspecified Public Purpose: $750,000 ($135.43)

Covington government finances - Cash and Securities in 2017 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $8,642,000 ($1560.49)

5.04% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($44,554 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.04%
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 Covington city, VA  1.89% ($41,473 average AGI)
from Bath County, VA  0.36% ($28,762)


4.60% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($42,127 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.60%
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 Covington city, VA  1.72% ($29,240 average AGI)
to Botetourt County, VA  0.41% ($58,583)
Businesses in Covington, VA
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1Little Caesars Pizza1
Applebee's1Long John Silver's1
Arby's1MasterBrand Cabinets6
AutoZone1McDonald's1
Best Western1Nike1
Burger King1Nissan1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Quality1
Circle K1RadioShack1
FedEx1SAS Shoes1
GameStop1Sears1
H&R Block1Subway2
Hardee's1U-Haul1
Holiday Inn1U.S. Cellular1
Honda1UPS1
KFC1Walmart1
Kmart1Wendy's1
La-Z-Boy2YMCA1
Lane Furniture2

Strongest AM radio stations in Covington:

  • WKEY (1340 AM; 1 kW; COVINGTON, VA; Owner: WKEY, INC.)
  • WSLW (1310 AM; daytime; 5 kW; WHITE SULPHUR SPRING, WV; Owner: QUORUM RADIO PARTNERS OF VIRGINIA, INC.)
  • WXCF (1230 AM; 1 kW; CLIFTON FORGE, VA; Owner: IMPACT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WVBE (610 AM; 5 kW; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WKBA (1550 AM; daytime; 10 kW; VINTON, VA; Owner: TINKER CREEK BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WFNR (710 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLACKSBURG, VA; Owner: PERCEPTION MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WLLL (930 AM; 10 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: HUBBARD'S ADVERTISING AGENCY, INC.)
  • WFIR (960 AM; 5 kW; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WKNV (890 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FAIRLAWN, VA; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WLVA (590 AM; 5 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA)
  • WVMR (1370 AM; daytime; 5 kW; FROST, WV; Owner: POCAHONTAS COMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE CORP.)
  • WSVA (550 AM; 10 kW; HARRISONBURG, VA; Owner: M. BELMONT VERSTANDIG, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Covington:

  • WIQO-FM (100.9 FM; COVINGTON, VA; Owner: WKEY, INC.)
  • WXCF-FM (103.9 FM; CLIFTON FORGE, VA; Owner: IMPACT BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCHG (107.1 FM; HOT SPRINGS, VA; Owner: POCAHONTAS COMMUNICATIONS COOPERATIVE CORP.)
  • WTON-FM (94.3 FM; STAUNTON, VA; Owner: HIGH IMPACT COMMUNICATIONS INC)
  • WDBS (97.1 FM; SUTTON, WV; Owner: SUMMIT MEDIA BROADCASTING, L.L.C.)
  • WXLK (92.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLC-FM (94.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WSLQ (99.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: MEL WHEELER, INC.)
  • WVTF (89.1 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • KHPR (88.1 FM; HONOLULU, HI; Owner: HAWAII PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WYYD (107.9 FM; AMHERST, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WRXT (90.3 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WROV-FM (96.3 FM; MARTINSVILLE, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WNRS-FM (89.9 FM; SWEET BRIAR, VA; Owner: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE)
  • WMGR-FM (104.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WYYD-FM1 (107.9 FM; ROANOKE, VA; Owner: WYYD LICENSE LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WZZI (101.5 FM; VINTON, VA; Owner: TRAVIS MEDIA, L.L.C.)
  • WPAR (91.3 FM; SALEM, VA; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WKCJ (103.1 FM; LEWISBURG, WV; Owner: QUORUM RADIO PARTNERS OF VIRGINIA, INC.)
  • WREL-FM (96.7 FM; BUENA VISTA, VA; Owner: EQUUS COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Covington:

  • WSET-TV (Channel 13; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: WSET INCORPORATED)
  • WJPR (Channel 21; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: GRANT BROADCASTING SYSTEMS II, INC.)

Medal of Honor Recipients

Medal of Honor Recipient born in Covington: Gary L. Miller.

Covington fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2019
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2019

Covington fatal accident list:

Dec 27, 2015 11:10 PM, Sr-18, Lat: 37.763319, Lon: -79.989508, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 36Number of bridges
  • 594ft / 181mTotal length
  • $6,351,000Total costs
  • 194,250Total average daily traffic
  • 24,735Total average daily truck traffic
  • 233,365Total future (year 2035) average daily traffic
New bridges in Covington, VA - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11900-1909
  • 11920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 21950-1959
  • 201960-1969
  • 41970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 52000-2009
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Covington, VA

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

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2002 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 63. The highest number of reported fires - 94 took place in 2010, and the least - 33 in 2017. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Covington, VA When looking into fire subcategories, the most reports belonged to: Structure Fires (53.8%), and Outside Fires (27.6%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Covington, VA
    • 57853.8%Structure Fires
    • 29627.6%Outside Fires
    • 15014.0%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
    • 504.7%Other
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Covington, VA

Fire-safe hotels and motels in Covington, Virginia:

  • Best Western Mountain View, 820 E Madison St, Covington, Virginia 24426 , Phone: (540) 962-4951, Fax: (540) 965-5714
  • Americas Best Value Inn, 908 Vly Ridge Rd, Covington, Virginia 24426 , Phone: (540) 962-7600, Fax: (540) 965-4926
  • Quality Inn, 429 W Main St, Covington, Virginia 24426 , Phone: (540) 960-2131, Fax: (540) 960-2127
All 3 fire-safe hotels and motels in Covington, Virginia
Most common first names in Covington, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James17672.1 years
William17172.2 years
Mary16478.3 years
John15773.9 years
Robert13771.3 years
Charles12469.3 years
George7773.7 years
Virginia6578.9 years
Harry6172.9 years
Helen6078.4 years
Most common last names in Covington, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith10876.4 years
Tucker7772.5 years
Persinger6874.4 years
Wolfe6370.8 years
Jones5273.3 years
Brown5172.1 years
Humphries5073.8 years
Miller4773.2 years
Dressler4670.6 years
Martin4374.8 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Covington, VA
  • 53.0%Utility gas
  • 38.7%Electricity
  • 4.8%Wood
  • 2.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Covington, VA
  • 47.5%Utility gas
  • 44.8%Electricity
  • 5.1%Wood
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.


Covington compared to Virginia state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Median house value significantly below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.

Covington on our top lists:

  • #43 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in occupations: community and social service occupations (population 5,000+)"
  • #53 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: retail trade (population 5,000+)"
  • #78 on the list of "Top 101 cities with largest percentage of females in industries: administrative and support and waste management services (population 5,000+)"
  • #62 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the lowest percentage of residents relocating to other counties in 2011"
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  • Peter D. Mccrae (3)
  • John P. Sprouse (2)
  • Mark Mason (2)
  • Humphrey J. Moynihan (1)
  • Harry W. Robertson, Iv (1)
  • Charles Hylton (1)
  • Richard Marion Mansell (1)

Total of 29 patent applications in 2008-2022.