Bath County, Virginia (VA)

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County population in 2012: 4,652 (all rural); it was 5,048 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 824
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 772
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,639
Renter-occupied apartments: 566 (it was 414 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

33%

Land area: 532 sq. mi.

Water area: 2.7 sq. mi.

Population density: 9 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Bath County: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (32.0%), Wholesale trade (28.0%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (28.0%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 45%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 55%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bath County, Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (92.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.5%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (2.1%)
  • Two or more races (0.8%)
Median resident age:  47.0 years
Virginia median age:  37.0 years
Males: 2,390  (53.5%)
Females: 2,341  (46.5%)
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Bath County,VA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Bath County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $50,367 ($35,013 in 1999)

This county:

$50367
Virginia:

$62666

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $569 (lower quartile is $428, upper quartile is $705)
This county:

$569
State:

$922


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $149,293 (it was $83,900 in 2000)
Bath:

$149,293
Virginia:

$239,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $78,733 - $207,526

Mean price in 2013:

Detached houses: $195,667
Here:

$195,667
State:

$320,313

Mobile homes: $40,964
Here:

$40,964
State:

$57,576
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $862
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $290

Institutionalized population: 47
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 21 buildings, average cost: $390,000
  • 2008: 26 buildings, average cost: $315,300
  • 2009: 19 buildings, average cost: $236,500

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $719 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $796 (0.8%)

Bath County household income distribution in 2009 Bath County home values distribution Bath County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.4%
(14.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 11.4% for Black residents, 73.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.0%
Bath County:

17.0%
Virginia:

11.7%
(15.4% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 12.1% for Black residents, 68.4% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for other race residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 46 years old
(Males: 50 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 40 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 29 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bath County is $429 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $533 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $736 a month.

Cities in this county include: Hot Springs, Warm Springs.

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

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Bath County: Coursey Springs State Fish Hatchery (A), Nimrod Hall (B), Cascades Golf Club (C), Lemon Hollow Work Camp (D), McClintic Point Primitive Campground (E), Hidden Valley Campground (F), Warwick Mansion (G), Bald Knob Lookout (H), Bald Knob FS Repeater Site (I), Warm Springs Work Center (J), Duncan Knob Lookout (K), Bolar Mountain Campground (L), Bolar Flat Picnic Area and Launch Ramp (M), Trappers Lodge (N), Bible Camp (O), Blowing Springs Campground (P), Boys Camp (Q), Camp Alkulana (R), Camp Kannata (S), Boiling Spring Camp (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bath County include: Calvary Baptist Church (A), Chimney Run Church (B), Cloverdale Presbyterian Church (C), Eden United Methodist Church (D), Green Valley United Methodist Church (E), Horeb Baptist Church (F), Indian Hill Church (G), John Wesley United Methodist Church (H), Mill Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Sively Cemetery (1), Bratton Cemetery (2), Chestnut Cemetery (3), Cleek Cemetery (4), Doyle Cemetery (5), Green Valley Cemetery (6), Mount Mary Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Lakes and reservoirs: Big Pond (A), Browns Pond (B), Lake Bacova (C), Lake of the Pines (D), Bath County Pumped Storage Lake (E), Douthat Lake (F). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Bugan Run (A), Cabin Creek (B), White Oak Run (C), Warm Springs Run (D), Thompson Creek (E), Stuart Run (F), Stony Run (G), Still Run (H), Springhouse Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Bath County include: Bubbling Spring Recreation Area (1), Douthat State Park (2), TM Gathright Wildlife Management Area (3). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Alleghany County , Augusta County , Greenbrier County, West Virginia , Pocahontas County, West Virginia , Highland County , Rockbridge County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

4.1%
Virginia:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 135
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 74.0%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 11.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 216 (16% naturalized citizens)

Bath County:

4.3%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 109
  • 1990 to 1994: 31
  • 1985 to 1989: 26
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 0
  • 1970 to 1974: 36
  • 1970 to 1974: 8
  • 1965 to 1969: 6

Mean travel time to work (commute): 24.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 71.4%

Bath County marital status for males Bath County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Bath County with a mortgage: 476 (79 second mortgage, 35 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 490

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bath County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant1,3196
Mainline Protestant1,11011
Catholic351
Other1-
None2,266-
Bath County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Bath County:

4.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
This county:

2.16 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Bath County:

12.97 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 4
This county:

8.65 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bath County:

10.4%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Bath County:

26.9%
State:

26.7%

Agriculture in Bath County:

Average size of farms: 422 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $20,319
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $14.12
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 96.02%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $20,932
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.57%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.55%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $34,823
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 89.52%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 10.22
Vegetables: 5 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 10 acres

Earthquake activity:

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

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 228.6 miles away from Bath County center
On 9/25/1998 at 19:52:52, a magnitude 5.2 (4.8 MB, 4.3 MS, 5.2 LG, 4.5 MW, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 240.8 miles away from the county center
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 105.6 miles away from the county center
On 1/31/1986 at 16:46:43, a magnitude 5.0 (5.0 MB) earthquake occurred 257.2 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 132.7 miles away from Bath County center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 136.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Bath County (15) is greater than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 12
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 7, Storms: 6, Winter Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Ice Storm: 1, Snowstorm: 1, Tornado: 1, Tropical Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females

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

  • Jamaica (75%)
  • Philippines (7%)
  • Mexico (7%)
  • Austria (4%)
  • Other Northern Europe (3%)
  • India (3%)

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

  • United States or American (29%)
  • German (12%)
  • English (11%)
  • Scotch-Irish (8%)
  • Irish (5%)
  • European (5%)
  • Jamaican (5%)

Bath County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,933 (78%)
  • Carpooled: 257 (10%)
  • Walked: 189 (8%)
  • Other means: 21 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 64 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

  • 169 people in other workers' dormitories
  • 53 people in nursing homes
  • 6 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
47 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
6 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $43,889.

5.99% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,000 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.99%
Virginia average:

9.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.50% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($15,920 average AGI)
2.49% relocated from other states ($23,080 average AGI)
Bath County:

2.49%
Virginia average:

3.74%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Covington city, VA  0.69% ($28,385 average AGI)
from Alleghany County, VA  0.53% ($23,100)


7.66% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($31,524 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.66%
Virginia average:

9.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.00% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($20,803 average AGI)
2.66% relocated to other states ($10,714 average AGI)
Bath County:

2.66%
Virginia average:

3.60%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Alleghany County, VA  1.41% ($29,630 average AGI)
to Augusta County, VA  0.63% ($26,167)
to Covington city, VA  0.63% ($23,917)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.8
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 6.8

Births per 1000 population in Bath County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 13.0
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 13.1

Deaths per 1000 population in Bath County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 4.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bath County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,108 (974 aged, 134 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 4%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 20.06
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 9289.730
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 501.610
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 48575.44

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 405.1
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 769.7
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 40.51

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 40.89
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 20.26

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 20.26

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,678

Size of family households: 746 2-persons, 310 3-persons, 183 4-persons, 75 5-persons, 22 6-persons, 11 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 711 1-person, 92 2-persons, 6 3-persons, 5 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

784 married couples with children.
207 single-parent households (71 men, 136 women).

95.4% of residents of Bath County speak English at home.
0.8% of residents speak Spanish at home (35% speak English very well, 65% speak English well).
2.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (84% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 5% speak English not well).
1.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (25% speak English very well, 44% speak English well, 31% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $34,971,000 ($7017 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,141,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $17,163,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,778,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $292,000
Federal grants: $5,971,000
Federal procurement contracts: $772,000 ($223,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,994,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $889,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,184,000

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

Births: 192
Here:

39 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 316
Here:

64 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +97
Here:

+20 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -76
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State +14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bath County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.17 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.0
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 317
  • 2000 to 2004: 611
  • 1990 to 1999: 338
  • 1980 to 1989: 316
  • 1970 to 1979: 380
  • 1960 to 1969: 221
  • 1950 to 1959: 250
  • 1940 to 1949: 182
  • 1939 or earlier: 814
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bath County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 7
  • 3 rooms: 60
  • 4 rooms: 151
  • 5 rooms: 388
  • 6 rooms: 462
  • 7 rooms: 322
  • 8 rooms: 108
  • 9+ rooms: 141
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 15
  • 3 rooms: 50
  • 4 rooms: 74
  • 5 rooms: 110
  • 6 rooms: 43
  • 7 rooms: 45
  • 8 rooms: 34
  • 9+ rooms: 34
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bath County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 49
  • 2 bedrooms: 410
  • 3 bedrooms: 886
  • 4 bedrooms: 230
  • 5+ bedrooms: 64
  • no bedroom: 9
  • 1 bedroom: 40
  • 2 bedrooms: 156
  • 3 bedrooms: 142
  • 4 bedrooms: 59
  • 5+ bedrooms: 8
Cars and other vehicles available in Bath County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 70
  • 1 vehicle: 280
  • 2 vehicles: 631
  • 3 vehicles: 457
  • 4 vehicles: 132
  • 5+ vehicles: 69
  • no vehicle: 42
  • 1 vehicle: 159
  • 2 vehicles: 143
  • 3 vehicles: 42
  • 4 vehicles: 28
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

67% of Bath County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 46% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 74% lived in Virginia.

Bath County:

67.1%
State average:

53.8%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $42,500


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 6%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bath County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (44.7%)
  • Wood (23.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (15.5%)
  • Electricity (14.6%)
  • Utility gas (1.0%)
  • Other fuel (0.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (39.1%)
  • Wood (27.3%)
  • Electricity (25.8%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.6%)
  • Other fuel (2.2%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 34
Here:

6.7%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8
Here:

3.3%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 13
Here:

14.9%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Bath County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Current Operations - Elementary & Secondary Education: $8,040,000
    Solid Waste Management: $765,000
    Police Protection: $761,000
    Water Utilities: $636,000
    Welfare - Other: $600,000
    Central Staff Services: $473,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $461,000
    Financial Administration: $310,000
    Parks & Recreation: $291,000
    Fire Protection: $178,000
    Health Services - Other: $165,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $132,000
    General Public Buildings: $118,000
    General - Other: $102,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $45,000
    Regular Highways: $6,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $112,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Libraries: $134,000
    General: $24,000
    Higher Education: $4,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - General - Other: $434,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $7,120,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $94,000

Bath County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Elementary & Secondary Education School Lunch: $164,000
    Solid Waste Management: $143,000
    All Other: $38,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education School Tuition: $7,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $674,000
    Housing & Community Development: $10,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $194,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $112,000
    Rents: $52,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $623,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $1,577,000
    All Other: $919,000
    Public Welfare: $427,000
    General Support: $127,000
    Health & Hospitals: $3,000
  • Tax - Property: $10,097,000
    Total General Sales: $738,000
    NEC: $106,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $33,000
    Public Utilities: $20,000

Bath County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $1,845,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, Education, NEC: $129,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, NEC: $2,275,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Other, NEC: $1,835,000
    Full Faith & Credit - Elementary & Secondary Education: $90,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $1,813,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Other, NEC: $440,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $39,000
    Water Utilities: $32,000

Bath County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Bond Fund - Cash & Deposits: $1,941,000
  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $6,389,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Bath County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Bath County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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