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Accomack County, Virginia (VA)


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County population in 2012: 33,341 (all rural); it was 38,305 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 4,857
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 5,106
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 11,472
Renter-occupied apartments: 3,835 (it was 3,827 in 2000)
% of renters here:

25%
State:

33%

Land area: 455 sq. mi.
Water area: 854.8 sq. mi.
Population density: 73 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Accomack County: 87.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (21.2%), Retail trade (12.6%), Manufacturing (11.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 1%
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Races in Accomack County, Virginia:


Median resident age:  44.0 years
Virginia median age:  37.0 years

Males: 16,154  (56.1%)
Females: 17,010  (43.9%)

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Accomack County,VA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Accomack County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $38,450 ($30,250 in 1999)
This county:

$38450
Virginia:

$59330

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $499 (lower quartile is $372, upper quartile is $644)
This county:

$499
State:

$832


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $148,841 (it was $69,200 in 2000)
Accomack County:

$148,841
Virginia:

$252,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $80,581 - $223,951

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $236,838
Here:

$236,838
State:

$330,816

Townhouses or other attached units: $822,970
Here:

$822,970
State:

$310,878

In 2-unit structures: $269,352
Here:

$269,352
State:

$285,516

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $838,042
Here:

$838,042
State:

$270,208

Mobile homes: $85,640
Here:

$85,640
State:

$37,843

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $64,985
Here:

$64,985
State:

$92,978
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,586
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $259

Institutionalized population: 255

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):


Accomack County, VA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $691 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $565 (0.5%)


Accomack County household income distribution in 2009 Accomack County home values distribution


Accomack County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.3%
(10.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 20.1% for Black residents, 43.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 19.3% for other race residents, 24.2% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 42 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, American Indian residents: 39 years old, Asian residents: 34 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 23 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

18.0%
Whole state:

9.6%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

6.4%
Whole state:

4.3%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Accomack County is $452 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $508 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $617 a month.

Cities in this county include: Chincoteague, Onancock, Wattsville, Captains Cove, Atlantic, Parksley, Pastoria, Tangier, Horntown, Metompkin.

Accomack County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential
Local government website: WWW.CO.ACCOMACK.VA.US

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Accomack County: Sheilds Wharf (A), Poplar Cove (B), Poplar Cove Wharf (C), Folly Creek Landing (D), Accomack County Northern Landfill Number 2 (E), Assawoman (F), Harborton Solid Waste Receiving Facility (G), Virginia Truck Experimental Station (H), Belle Haven Station (I), Red Hill (J), Marsh Market (K), Keller Campgrounds (L), Messongo Bridge (M), Jenkins Bridge (N), Chincoteague Pumping Station (O), Grangeville (P), Frogstool (Q), Finneys Wharf (R), Evans Wharf (S), Broadway Landing (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Accomack County include: Pocomoke Church (A), Adams Church (B), Andrew Chapel (C), Bethel Church (D), Saint Johns Church (E), Saint Josephs Church (F), Saint Lukes Church (G), Saint Thomas Church (H), Broadway Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Bloxom Cemetery (1), Wessells Cemetery (2), Edge Hill Cemetery (3), Joynes Cemetery (4), Onancock Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes, reservoirs, and swamps: Sloop Gut (A), Goose Lakes (B), Horseshoe Pond (C), Level Pond (D), North Pond (E), Bundick Pond (F), Custis Pond (G), Virginia Truck and Experimental Station Reservoir (H). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Little Creek (A), Wreck Island Creek (B), Wire Creek (C), Willis Creek (D), Whites Creek (E), White Perch Creek (F), West Ridge Creek (G), Waterhole Creek (H), Warrington Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Accomack County include: Accomack Wayside (1), Chincoteague National Wildlife Refuge (2), Wallops Island National Wildlife Refuge (3), Saxis Marsh Waterfowl Management Area and Refuge (4). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beaches: Parramore Beach (A), Cedar Island Beach (B), Guard Shore (C), Snead Beach (D), Gargathy Beach (E), Sound Beach (F), Bow Beach (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Somerset County, Maryland , Worcester County, Maryland , Northampton County , Somerset County, Maryland .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 881
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 67.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 1,625 (18% naturalized citizens)

Accomack County:

4.2%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 23.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 78.9%

Accomack County marital status for males
Accomack County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Accomack County with a mortgage: 4,057 (273 second mortgage, 423 home equity loan, 11 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,952

Here:

50.7% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 35.15%
Here35.2%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 13,465
Total congregations: 86

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionCatholic ChurchChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Episcopal Church
Adherents7,338 (54.5%)3,868 (28.7%)952 (7.1%)407 (3.0%)305 (2.3%)
Congregations47 (54.7%)17 (19.8%)2 (2.3%)2 (2.3%)4 (4.7%)
NamePresbyterian Church (USA)Churches of ChristAssemblies of God The Wesleyan ChurchOther
Adherents295 (2.2%)93 (0.7%)70 (0.5%)40 (0.3%)97 (0.7%)
Congregations5 (5.8%)2 (2.3%)2 (2.3%)2 (2.3%)3 (3.5%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Accomack County - Chincoteague, Onancock, Wattsville, Captains Cove, Atlantic

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 9
This county:

2.35 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 6
Accomack County:

1.56 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 28
This county:

7.30 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 37
Accomack County:

9.64 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.7%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

30.2%
Virginia:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Accomack County:

23.7%
State:

18.6%


Agriculture in Accomack County:

Average size of farms: 286 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $343,184
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $677.36
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 6.25%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 56.49%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $253,471
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 76.98%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $110,795
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 80.19%
Average age of principal farm operators: 55 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 0.67
Corn for grain: 23851 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 12164 harvested acres
Upland cotton: 1375 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 34158 harvested acres
Vegetables: 5,591 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 77 acres

Tornado activity:

Accomack County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 4.2 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused one injury recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 5/7/1967, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured one person and caused between $5000 and $50,000 in damages.

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Accomack County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (15%)
  • Food (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (10%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Groceries and related products merchant wholesalers (4%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Food (11%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Public administration (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (5%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):




Most common first ancestries reported in Accomack County (%):





Accomack County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 12,503 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 2,336 (14%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 256 (2%)
  • Ferryboat: 8 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 32 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 100 (1%)
  • Walked: 422 (3%)
  • Other means: 193 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 454 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


People in group quarters in Accomack County, Virginia in 2000:

People in group quarters in Accomack County, Virginia in 2010:


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $39,941.

5.17% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($38,561 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.17%
Virginia average:

11.06%


0.10% of residents moved from foreign countries ($894 average AGI)
Accomack County:

0.10%
Virginia average:

0.41%

1.55% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($12,601 average AGI)
3.52% relocated from other states ($25,067 average AGI)
Accomack County:

3.52%
Virginia average:

4.24%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Northampton County, VA  0.51% ($26,769 average AGI)
from Worcester County, MD  0.31% ($35,205)
from Virginia Beach city, VA  0.17% ($36,810)
from Wicomico County, MD  0.16% ($24,750)
from Anne Arundel County, MD  0.13% ($68,500)
from Norfolk city, VA  0.12% ($77,200)
from Fairfax County, VA  0.10% ($62,923)


5.41% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,092 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.41%
Virginia average:

10.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
1.82% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($11,371 average AGI)
3.58% relocated to other states ($21,721 average AGI)
Accomack County:

3.58%
Virginia average:

4.13%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Northampton County, VA  0.59% ($25,493 average AGI)
to Wicomico County, MD  0.44% ($35,071)
to Worcester County, MD  0.39% ($38,680)
to Virginia Beach city, VA  0.21% ($41,269)
to Norfolk city, VA  0.18% ($18,174)
to Somerset County, MD  0.17% ($34,476)
to Sussex County, DE  0.10% ($24,692)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.0
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.2

Births per 1000 population in Accomack County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Accomack County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.6
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.7

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Accomack County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 6,904 (5,936 aged, 968 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 20%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 19%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1321.530
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1268.260
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.61

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 27.91
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 73.56

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 7.61

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 100.0. This is less than state average.

Mechanisms of suicide:

 

Deaths per 1,000,000 population:
  • Firearm - 77.8
  • Other - 22.2

Household type by relationship:

Households: 32,736

Size of family households: 4,575 2-persons, 1,995 3-persons, 1,493 4-persons, 635 5-persons, 242 6-persons, 182 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 3,973 1-person, 601 2-persons, 54 3-persons, 26 4-persons, 13 5-persons, 5 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

93.3% of residents of Accomack County speak English at home.
5.7% of residents speak Spanish at home (38% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 28% speak English not well, 23% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (65% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 11% speak English not well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (64% speak English very well, 36% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (38% speak English very well, 4% speak English well, 8% speak English not well, 50% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $363,566,000 ($9237 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $49,186,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $111,361,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $48,184,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,606,000
Federal grants: $41,874,000
Federal procurement contracts: $107,338,000 ($33,115,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $49,202,000 ($8,736,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,624,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $9,922,000
Federal Government insurance: $500,590,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 2,491
Here:

63 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 2,437
Here:

62 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +714
Here:

+18 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +412
Here:

+10 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Accomack County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.82 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Accomack County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 75
  • 3 rooms: 313
  • 4 rooms: 1,282
  • 5 rooms: 3,083
  • 6 rooms: 2,805
  • 7 rooms: 1,846
  • 8 rooms: 1,094
  • 9+ rooms: 974
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 148
  • 3 rooms: 325
  • 4 rooms: 1,066
  • 5 rooms: 1,160
  • 6 rooms: 586
  • 7 rooms: 283
  • 8 rooms: 191
  • 9+ rooms: 59
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Accomack County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 25
  • 1 bedroom: 380
  • 2 bedrooms: 3,357
  • 3 bedrooms: 6,118
  • 4 bedrooms: 1,413
  • 5+ bedrooms: 179
  • no bedroom: 22
  • 1 bedroom: 429
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,672
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,413
  • 4 bedrooms: 231
  • 5+ bedrooms: 60
Cars and other vehicles available in Accomack County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 892
  • 1 vehicle: 3,718
  • 2 vehicles: 4,575
  • 3 vehicles: 1,810
  • 4 vehicles: 402
  • 5+ vehicles: 75
  • no vehicle: 555
  • 1 vehicle: 1,852
  • 2 vehicles: 1,111
  • 3 vehicles: 231
  • 4 vehicles: 62
  • 5+ vehicles: 16

62% of Accomack County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 59% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 30% lived in Virginia.

Accomack County:

61.9%
State average:

53.8%


Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $68,200


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 3%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Accomack County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (37.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (31.0%)
  • Electricity (27.1%)
  • Wood (3.6%)
  • Utility gas (0.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (40.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (32.0%)
  • Electricity (23.8%)
  • Wood (1.8%)
  • Utility gas (0.9%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 406
Here:

8.8%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 121
Here:

5.7%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 81
Here:

10.0%
Virginia:

20.6%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)


Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Accomack County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Accomack County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons Pedestrians

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Accomack County, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William37373.9 years
John35074.9 years
Mary27879.9 years
James24072.2 years
George23774.8 years
Robert17273.3 years
Margaret14880.2 years
Charles13875.1 years
Elizabeth13780.8 years
Edward10872.4 years
Most common last names in Accomack County, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Taylor23875.6 years
Parks16177.6 years
Lewis14577.3 years
Smith14275.1 years
Savage12676.2 years
Mears12176.7 years
Davis11875.6 years
Williams10572.2 years
Johnson10374.1 years
White10372.4 years
Businesses in Accomack County, VA
NameCountNameCount
AT&T1McDonald's3
Ace Hardware2Nike3
AutoZone1Pizza Hut2
Best Western2Quality1
Burger King1RadioShack1
CVS1Rite Aid2
Comfort Suites1Sears1
DHL1Subway5
Dairy Queen1Taco Bell1
FedEx7True Value1
GNC1U-Haul5
H&R Block3UPS5
Hardee's1Walmart1
Holiday Inn1Wendy's1
KFC1YMCA1
MasterBrand Cabinets2
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