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Population in 2012: 522 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +3.6%
 

Males: 250  (48.0%)
Females: 272  (52.0%)

Median resident age:  45.1 years
Virginia median age:  35.1 years

Zip codes: 23937, 23947, 23967.

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Estimated median household income in 2012: $21,425 (it was $25,583 in 2000)
Drakes Branch:

$21,425
VA:

$61,741
Estimated per capita income in 2012: $18,033

Drakes Branch town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2012: $111,519 (it was $63,800 in 2000)
Drakes Branch:

$111,519
VA:

$237,800
Mean prices in 2011: All housing units: $109,779; Detached houses: $119,612; Mobile homes: $33,733

Median gross rent in 2012: $400.

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  • White alone - 274 (51.7%)
  • Black alone - 231 (43.6%)
  • Two or more races - 14 (2.6%)
  • Hispanic - 9 (1.7%)
  • American Indian alone - 1 (0.2%)
  • Other race alone - 1 (0.2%)

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Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Drakes Branch: 85.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Ancestries: United States (19.7%), English (5.5%), Irish (4.6%), German (2.6%), Scotch-Irish (2.4%), Swedish (1.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 383 feet

Land area: 4.14 square miles.

Population density: 126 people per square mile 
 
 (very low).

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For population 25 years and over in Drakes Branch:

  • High school or higher: 69.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 18.8%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.1%
  • Unemployed: 13.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.6 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Drakes Branch town:

  • Never married: 28.9%
  • Now married: 41.2%
  • Separated: 3.9%
  • Widowed: 15.8%
  • Divorced: 10.2%

8 residents are foreign born

This town:  1.6%
Virginia:  11.6%



According to our research of Virginia and other state lists there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Drakes Branch, Virginia as of December 21, 2014.
The ratio of number of residents in Drakes Branch to the number of sex offenders is 131 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2012: $1,078 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2012: $663 (0.6%)

Drakes Branch satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Lynchburg, VA (42.3 miles , pop. 65,269).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Raleigh, NC (81.2 miles , pop. 276,093).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (279.6 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Charlotte Court House, VA (2.2 miles ), Keysville, VA (2.7 miles ), Phenix, VA (3.2 miles) , Clover, VA (3.6 miles ), Thynedale, VA (3.7 miles) , Chase City, VA (3.9 miles ), Whitesville, VA (4.1 miles ), Lunenburg, VA (4.3 miles) .

Latitude: 36.99 N, Longitude: 78.60 W

Area code: 434

Drakes Branch household income distribution Drakes Branch home values distribution

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

8.4%
Virginia:

5.8%

Unemployment by year (%)


Population change in the 1990s: -62 (-11.0%).

Most common industries in 2008-2012 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Manufacturing (20%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (19%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Educational services (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Utilities (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (47%)
  • Educational services (19%)
  • Retail trade (10%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
  • Construction (2%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (13%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (8%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Electricians (6%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (12%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Counselors, social workers, and other community and social service specialists (7%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Waiters and waitresses (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)

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Tornado activity:

Drakes Branch-area historical tornado activity is slightly above Virginia state average. It is 10% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/24/1969, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 27.4 miles away from the Drakes Branch town center killed one person and injured 4 people and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

On 10/13/1983, a category F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) tornado 0.9 miles away from the town center caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Drakes Branch-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below Virginia state average. It is 92% 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 56.3 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 29.8 miles away from Drakes Branch center
On 5/5/2003 at 16:32:32, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 60.2 miles away from the city center
On 3/15/1991 at 06:54:08, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 10.9 mi) earthquake occurred 64.3 miles away from the city center
On 9/22/2001 at 16:01:20, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, 2.5 LG, Depth: 1.2 mi) earthquake occurred 72.3 miles away from Drakes Branch center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Charlotte County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 4

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 3, Storms: 2, Droughts: 2, Ice Storms: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Flood: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
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Political contributions by individuals in Drakes Branch, VA

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Drakes Branch:

  • Longwood University (about 25 miles; Farmville, VA; Full-time enrollment: 3,951)
  • Liberty University (about 41 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 25,053)
  • Lynchburg College (about 43 miles; Lynchburg, VA; FT enrollment: 2,207)
  • Virginia State University (about 68 miles; Petersburg, VA; FT enrollment: 4,635)
  • John Tyler Community College (about 71 miles; Chester, VA; FT enrollment: 2,773)
  • Duke University (about 71 miles; Durham, NC; FT enrollment: 13,870)
  • University of Richmond (about 72 miles; Richmond, VA; FT enrollment: 3,590)

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Churches in Drakes Branch include: Saint Michaels Church (A), Mount Calvary Church (B), Organ Hill Church (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Hotel: Biro's Inn Apts Offices RV Camp (201 Proctor St).

 
Charlotte 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 Drakes Branch and their reported violations in the past:

DRAKES BRANCH, TOWN OF (Population served: 504, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In APR-2005, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (MAY-16-2005), St Public Notif requested (MAY-16-2005), St Public Notif received (JUN-02-2005)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In NOV-1999, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (NOV-30-1999), St Public Notif requested (NOV-30-1999), St Formal NOV issued (NOV-30-1999)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In JUL-1999, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif issued (JUL-27-1999), St Public Notif requested (JUL-27-1999)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - In SEP-1998, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif issued (SEP-21-1998), St Public Notif requested (SEP-21-1998), St Public Notif received (OCT-07-1998)
Past monitoring violations:
  • CCR Complete Failure to Report - Between JUL-01-2005 and MAY-08-2006, Consumer Confidence Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (OCT-06-2005), St Formal NOV issued (OCT-06-2005), St Compliance achieved (MAY-08-2006), St Public Notif received (MAY-08-2006)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2012: 22.4%
(2.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 37.7% for Black residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 75.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)

Average household size:
This town:  2.3 people
Virginia:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  55.0%
Whole state:  67.0%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  4.8%
Whole state:  5.7%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Detailed information about poverty and poor residents in Drakes Branch, VA

Drakes Branch compared to Virginia state average:

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


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Banks with branches in Drakes Branch (2011 data):

  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Drakes Branch Branch at Main Street, branch established on 1983/06/06. 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.
  • River Community Bank, National Association: Main Street Branch at 4677 Main Street, branch established on 2006/06/12. Info updated 2012/03/12: Bank assets: $95.6 mil, Deposits: $84.8 mil, headquarters in Martinsville, VA, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 4 total offices, Holding Company: River Bancorp, Inc.

Educational Attainment (%) in 2012

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2012


Drakes Branch travel time to work - commute


Drakes Branch mode of transportation to work chart

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (55%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (19%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (14%)
  • Wood (9%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012

1996 Presidential Elections Results

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2012 Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Drakes Branch town (based on Charlotte County data)

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 55.59%
Here55.6%
USA50.2%

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Christian Churches and Churches of ChristOther
Adherents52.2%21.7%11.0%9.4%5.7%
Congregations28.9%24.4%31.1%6.7%8.9%
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.
Tables represent county-level data.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 6
Charlotte County:

4.89 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Charlotte County:

0.81 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 7
Here:

5.70 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 4
Here:

3.26 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

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

11.4%
State:

9.3%
Adult obesity rate:
Charlotte County:

29.4%
State:

26.7%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

18.2%
Virginia:

18.6%

Local government employment and payroll (March 2007)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Financial Administration 0$0 1$388
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$1,523
Police Protection - Officers 0$0 1$2,450
Streets and Highways 2$1,790$10,7400$0
Sewerage 1$3,963$47,5560$0
Water Supply 1$2,719$32,6280$0
Totals for Government 4$8,472$25,4163$4,361


5.93% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($28,902 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.93%
Virginia average:

11.06%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Prince Edward County, VA  0.69% ($19,452 average AGI)
from Mecklenburg County, VA  0.60% ($24,778)
from Halifax County, VA  0.47% ($24,429)


5.55% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($25,061 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.55%
Virginia average:

10.78%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2005 and 2006.


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Prince Edward County, VA  0.70% ($27,323 average AGI)
to Halifax County, VA  0.61% ($16,926)
to Mecklenburg County, VA  0.54% ($35,583)

Strongest AM radio stations in Drakes Branch:

  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WSVS (800 AM; 5 kW; CREWE, VA; Owner: COLONIAL BROADCASTING OF CREWE, INC.)
  • WRVA (1140 AM; 50 kW; RICHMOND, VA; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, 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.)
  • WTAR (850 AM; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: SINCLAIR COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WOWZ (1280 AM; 5 kW; APPOMATTOX, VA; Owner: ONECOM, INC.)
  • WDZY (1290 AM; 25 kW; COLONIAL HEIGHTS, VA; Owner: ABC, INC.)
  • WLVA (590 AM; 5 kW; LYNCHBURG, VA)
  • WSHV (1370 AM; daytime; 4 kW; SOUTH HILL, VA; Owner: OLD BELT BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WCKO (1110 AM; daytime; 50 kW; NORFOLK, VA; Owner: WORD BROADCASTING NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKLV (1440 AM; 5 kW; BLACKSTONE, VA; Owner: DENBAR COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Drakes Branch:

  • WKJS (104.7 FM; CREWE, VA; Owner: RADIO ONE LICENSES, LLC)
  • WZZU (97.9 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: TRAVIS MEDIA L.L.C.)
  • WNRS-FM (89.9 FM; SWEET BRIAR, VA; Owner: SWEET BRIAR COLLEGE)
  • WMJA (102.7 FM; APPOMATTOX, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFXQ (99.9 FM; CHASE CITY, VA; Owner: JOYNER RADIO, INC.)
  • WYYD (107.9 FM; AMHERST, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W265AS (100.9 FM; CONCORD, VA; Owner: PAUL H. PASSINK)
  • WRVL (88.3 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: LIBERTY UNIVERSITY, INC.)
  • WJJX (101.7 FM; LYNCHBURG, VA; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WFLO-FM (95.7 FM; FARMVILLE, VA; Owner: COLONIAL BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WHLF-FM (95.3 FM; SOUTH BOSTON, VA; Owner: JLC PROPERTIES, INC)
  • WTTX-FM (107.1 FM; APPOMATTOX, VA; Owner: CLL, INC.)
  • WVHL (92.9 FM; FARMVILLE, VA; Owner: THE FARMVILLE HERALD, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Drakes Branch:

  • WWAY (Channel 3; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: LIBCO, INC.)
  • WERI-LP (Channel 39; KEYSVILLE, VA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WSVL-LP (Channel 48; KEYSVILLE, ETC., VA; Owner: TIGER EYE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)

Drakes Branch fatal accident list:

Apr 23, 1977 00:30 AM, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 2, Drunken drivers: 1


FCC Registered Antenna Towers:

13 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers in Drakes Branch)

FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers:

2
  • Fire Twr Rt 15 (Lat: 36.909583 Lon: -78.528333), Structure height: 34 m, Call Sign: WNRK665
    Assigned Frequencies: 159.255 MHz, 159.330 MHz, 159.450 MHz
    Grant Date: 11/10/2011, Expiration Date: 01/29/2022
    Registrant: Fcca, 402 11th Street, Grand Rapids, MN 55744, Phone: (218) 885-2226, Email:
  • Lat: 36.993611 Lon: -78.602222, Call Sign: WQJD379
    Assigned Frequencies: 39.5400 MHz, 153.875 MHz
    Grant Date: 07/30/2008, Expiration Date: 07/30/2018, Certifier: Ira T Galbreath
    Registrant: Virginia Information Technolgies Agency, 11751 Meadowville Lane, Chester, VA 23836, Phone: (804) 416-6199, Fax: (386) 322-2502, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

4
  • Call Sign: WB1HAC
    Grant Date: 12/08/1987, Expiration Date: 12/08/1997, Cancellation Date: 12/09/1999
    Registrant: Roland W Poitras, Drakes Branch, VA 23937
  • Call Sign: WB4BDC, Licensee ID: L00240395
    Grant Date: 03/10/2010, Expiration Date: 05/15/2020, Certifier: William M Firestone Jr
    Registrant: William M Firestone Jr, 300 Cake Ln, Drakes Branch, VA 23937
  • Call Sign: KI4FQN, Licensee ID: L00866172
    Grant Date: 05/20/2004, Expiration Date: 05/20/2014, Certifier: S Marlene Gilliam
    Registrant: S Marlene Gilliam, 6761 Westpoint Stevens Rd, Drakes Branch, VA 23937
  • Call Sign: KI4GIG, Licensee ID: L00892686
    Grant Date: 07/15/2004, Expiration Date: 07/15/2014, Certifier: Dan S Gilliam Sr
    Registrant: Charlotte County Amateur Radio Club, Drakes Branch, VA 23937


2006 National Fire Incident Reporting System Incidents:

  • Fire: 16
  • Hazardous Condition: 10
  • Good Intent Call: 1

Incident types - Drakes Branch


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Most common first names in Drakes Branch, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James2272.8 years
William2071.1 years
Mary1778.2 years
John1772.3 years
Robert1278.8 years
Richard1062.4 years
Charlie1073.5 years
Annie875.7 years
Charles763.4 years
George770.0 years
Most common last names in Drakes Branch, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Adams1672.4 years
Roberts1666.2 years
Smith1273.5 years
Scott1177.6 years
Johnson1077.3 years
Wallace1078.5 years
Tharpe1072.8 years
Lacks963.8 years
Wilmoth977.4 years
Thompson862.4 years

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