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Alleghany County, Virginia (VA)


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County population in 2012: 16,230 (48% urban, 52% rural); it was 12,926 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,841
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,508
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 4,367
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,542 (it was 782 in 2000)
% of renters here:

15%
State:

33%

Land area: 445 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.0 sq. mi.
Population density: 36 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Alleghany County: 85.7 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (26.3%), Manufacturing (19.3%), Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (12.1%), Retail trade (11.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 77%
  • Government: 18%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 5%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Alleghany County, Virginia:


Median resident age:  45.0 years
Virginia median age:  37.0 years

Males: 7,954  (39.7%)
Females: 8,296  (60.3%)

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Alleghany County,VA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Alleghany County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $48,993 ($38,545 in 1999)
This county:

$48993
Virginia:

$59330

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $388 (lower quartile is $196, upper quartile is $568)
This county:

$388
State:

$832


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $106,110 (it was $73,900 in 2000)
Alleghany County:

$106,110
Virginia:

$252,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $70,276 - $155,584

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $144,807
Here:

$144,807
State:

$330,816

Townhouses or other attached units: $66,608
Here:

$66,608
State:

$310,878

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $57,287
Here:

$57,287
State:

$242,971

Mobile homes: $61,546
Here:

$61,546
State:

$37,843
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,494
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $258

Institutionalized population: 244

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):


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Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $664 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $568 (0.6%)


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


Alleghany County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 11.6%
(10.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 27.7% for Black residents, 0.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 46 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 27 years old)

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

7.1%
Whole state:

9.6%

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

2.9%
Whole state:

4.3%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Alleghany County is $402 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $587 a month.

Cities in this county include: Covington, Clifton Forge, Selma, Iron Gate, Low Moor, Callaghan.

Alleghany County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential
Local government website: WWW.CO.ALLEGHANY.VA.US

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Alleghany County: Natural Well (A), Alleghany Country Club (B), James River Work Center (C), Rainbow Rocks (D), Coles Mountain Picnic Area (E), Morris Hill Picnic Area (F), Morris Hill Campground (G), Fortney Boat Launch Ramp (H), Big Ridge Lookout (I), Blue Spring Run (J), Camp Appalachia (K), Alleghany County Industrial Park (L), Brushy Mountain Lookout (M), Jerrys Run (N), Catawba Fire Station (O), Masons Cove Fire and Rescue (P), Sharon Volunteer Fire Department and First Responders (Q), Falling Spring Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (R), Boiling Springs Volunteer Fire Department and Rescue Squad (S). Display/hide their locations on the map

Shopping Centers: Mallow Mall Shopping Center (1), Oak Hill Shopping Center (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Alleghany County include: Antioch Church (A), Central Church (B), Cliff Dale Church (C), Emory Church (D), Forrest Memorial Church (E), Highland Chapel (F), Hoke Chapel (G), Johnsons Creek Church (H), Lone Star Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Rose Hill Cemetery (1), Simmons Cemetery (2), Smith Cemetery (3), Mallow Cemetery (4), Mount Carmel Cemetery (5), Walton Memorial Cemetery (6), Central Church Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Westvaco Number Two Flyash Lagoon (A), Clifton Forge Reservoir (B), Pond Lick Branch Reservoir (C), Lake Moomaw (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Johns Run (A), Fall Hollow Branch (B), Indiandraft Creek (C), Hughes Creek (D), Sweet Springs Creek (E), Falling Spring Creek (F), Brushy Lick (G), Simpson Creek (H), Wilson Creek (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Alleghany County include: Longdale Recreation Area (1), National Childrens Forest (2), Humpback Bridge Wayside (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Beach: Dunlap Beach (A). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Bath County , Botetourt County , Greenbrier County, West Virginia , Craig County , Monroe County, West Virginia , Rockbridge County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 382
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 77.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.6%

Number of foreign born residents: 112 (55% naturalized citizens)

Alleghany County:

0.9%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.6 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 57.2%

Alleghany County marital status for males
Alleghany County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Alleghany County with a mortgage: 1,753 (141 second mortgage, 193 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,488

Here:

54.1% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 53.94%
Here53.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 6,972
Total congregations: 38

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionPresbyterian Church (USA)United Methodist ChurchAmerican Baptist Churches in the USAOther
Adherents2,927 (42.0%)1,747 (25.1%)1,580 (22.7%)363 (5.2%)355 (5.1%)
Congregations7 (18.4%)10 (26.3%)14 (36.8%)1 (2.6%)6 (15.8%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Alleghany County - Covington, Clifton Forge, Selma, Iron Gate, Low Moor

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 3
This county:

1.84 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Alleghany County:

0.61 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.17 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Alleghany County:

2.45 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
This county:

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Alleghany County:

5.51 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.9%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

27.4%
Virginia:

26.7%



Agriculture in Alleghany County:

Average size of farms: 163 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $9,839
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $49.25
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 85.62%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $10,147
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 17.62%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 3.29%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $35,575
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 94.06%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.09

Earthquake activity:

Alleghany County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 95% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 4/22/1991 at 01:01:20, a magnitude 3.5 (3.5 LG, Depth: 9.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 16.8 miles away from the county center
On 10/21/1998 at 05:56:47, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, 3.3 LG, Depth: 8.3 mi) earthquake occurred 92.3 miles away from the county 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 87.6 miles away from the county center
On 6/28/1991 at 18:34:51, a magnitude 3.2 (3.2 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 98.5 miles away from Alleghany County center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Alleghany County (14) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 11
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Hurricane: 1, Storm: 1, Tornado: 1, Winter Storm: 1, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Flood: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Paper (27%)
  • Construction (13%)
  • Plastics and rubber products (5%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Wood products (3%)
  • Rail transportation (2%)
  • Health care (18%)
  • Educational services (16%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (6%)
  • Paper (5%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (15%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (5%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Electricians (3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Registered nurses (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)
  • Cashiers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (3%)

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




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





Alleghany County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,684 (85%)
  • Carpooled: 581 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 61 (1%)
  • Other means: 35 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 124 (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $45,010.

4.04% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($36,592 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.04%
Virginia average:

11.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.66% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($24,931 average AGI)
1.39% relocated from other states ($11,661 average AGI)
Alleghany County:

1.39%
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 Covington city, VA  0.76% ($19,043 average AGI)
from Botetourt County, VA  0.25% ($21,267)
from Bath County, VA  0.21% ($37,077)
from Roanoke city, VA  0.21% ($33,538)
from Greenbrier County, WV  0.18% ($17,364)


4.45% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,561 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.45%
Virginia average:

10.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.19% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($23,506 average AGI)
1.27% relocated to other states ($10,055 average AGI)
Alleghany County:

1.27%
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 Covington city, VA  0.71% ($23,512 average AGI)
to Botetourt County, VA  0.49% ($52,133)
to Roanoke city, VA  0.36% ($25,636)
to Bath County, VA  0.25% ($17,200)
to Roanoke County, VA  0.20% ($42,750)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.1

Births per 1000 population in Alleghany County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Alleghany County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 8.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Alleghany County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,956 (1,599 aged, 357 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 9%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.97
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 23218.02
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 531.760
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 66780.19

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1166.620
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1573.440
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 5.98

Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 65.81

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.98

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,969

Size of family households: 2,373 2-persons, 1,034 3-persons, 737 4-persons, 326 5-persons, 106 6-persons, 40 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,989 1-person, 256 2-persons, 22 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

97.9% of residents of Alleghany County speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (52% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 20% speak English not well).
0.9% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (91% speak English very well, 3% speak English well, 6% speak English not well).
0.3% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (77% speak English very well, 23% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $75,438,000 ($4507 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,197,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $35,544,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $17,716,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $218,000
Federal grants: $20,109,000
Federal procurement contracts: $363,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,487,000 ($356,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $158,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,810,000
Federal Government insurance: $18,381,000

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

Births: 917
Here:

55 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,238
Here:

74 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +15
Here:

+1 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -167
Here -10 per 1000 residents
State +14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Alleghany County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.38 millions of gallons per day (5% from ground, 95% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.9
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Alleghany County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 10
  • 2 rooms: 9
  • 3 rooms: 91
  • 4 rooms: 460
  • 5 rooms: 1,099
  • 6 rooms: 1,177
  • 7 rooms: 810
  • 8 rooms: 398
  • 9+ rooms: 313
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 3
  • 3 rooms: 32
  • 4 rooms: 225
  • 5 rooms: 259
  • 6 rooms: 165
  • 7 rooms: 67
  • 8 rooms: 19
  • 9+ rooms: 12
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Alleghany County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 10
  • 1 bedroom: 82
  • 2 bedrooms: 925
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,557
  • 4 bedrooms: 691
  • 5+ bedrooms: 102
  • no bedroom: 3
  • 1 bedroom: 64
  • 2 bedrooms: 288
  • 3 bedrooms: 367
  • 4 bedrooms: 41
  • 5+ bedrooms: 19
Cars and other vehicles available in Alleghany County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 184
  • 1 vehicle: 794
  • 2 vehicles: 1,920
  • 3 vehicles: 1,071
  • 4 vehicles: 296
  • 5+ vehicles: 102
  • no vehicle: 119
  • 1 vehicle: 297
  • 2 vehicles: 288
  • 3 vehicles: 56
  • 4 vehicles: 22
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

71% of Alleghany County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 47% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 77% lived in Virginia.

Alleghany County:

71.5%
State average:

53.8%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $107,100


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 Alleghany County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (36.6%)
  • Electricity (28.5%)
  • Wood (18.4%)
  • Utility gas (9.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30.3%)
  • Electricity (23.7%)
  • Wood (22.0%)
  • Utility gas (19.1%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (2.6%)
  • Other fuel (1.5%)
  • Coal or coke (0.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 58
Here:

4.4%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 24
Here:

3.9%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 14
Here:

4.0%
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.)


Expenditure Revenue Debt

Alleghany County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Alleghany County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Alleghany County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Alleghany County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Alleghany 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 Alleghany County, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
Mary12280.1 years
James9070.7 years
John8675.2 years
William8672.1 years
Charles5872.9 years
Robert5669.8 years
Virginia4477.8 years
Helen3477.2 years
Annie3380.3 years
Mildred3180.9 years
Most common last names in Alleghany County, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Nicely8774.6 years
Smith6579.5 years
Clark4274.8 years
Johnson4176.8 years
Brown2970.0 years
Taylor2474.6 years
Hall2470.8 years
Craft2474.2 years
Miller2378.2 years
Anderson2273.3 years
Businesses in Alleghany County, VA
NameCountNameCount
Applebee's1Long John Silver's1
Arby's1MasterBrand Cabinets6
AutoZone1McDonald's1
Best Western1Nike1
Burger King1Pizza Hut2
CVS2Quality1
Dairy Queen1Quiznos1
FedEx1RadioShack1
GameStop1SAS Shoes1
H&R Block2Sears1
Hardee's2Subway2
Holiday Inn1True Value1
KFC1U-Haul2
Kmart1U.S. Cellular1
Kroger1UPS2
La-Z-Boy2Walmart1
Lane Furniture2Wendy's1
Little Caesars Pizza1YMCA1
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