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Bedford city, Virginia (VA)

County population in 2013: 6,327 (98% urban, 2% rural); it was 6,299 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 931
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 532
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,519
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,164 (it was 1,000 in 2000)
% of renters here:

40%
State:

33%

Land area: 7 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 919 people per square mile   (very high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Bedford city: 86.4 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (68.1%), Retail trade (30.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 52%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 48%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Bedford city, VA (2017)
    • 4,57172.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1,31420.9%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1602.5%Two or more races
    • 1312.1%Hispanic or Latino
Median resident age:

47.4 years
Virginia median age:

38.2 years
Males: 2,851  (45.1%)
Females: 3,476  (54.9%)
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Average household size:
Bedford city:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $39,841 ($28,792 in 1999)
This county:

$39,841
Virginia:

$71,535

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $525 (lower quartile is $415, upper quartile is $673)
This county:

$525
State:

$1005


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $206,661 (it was $89,800 in 2000)
Bedford city:

$206,661
Virginia:

$273,400
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $138,607 - $266,597

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $207,955
Here:

$207,955
State:

$361,495

Mobile homes: $26,047
Here:

$26,047
State:

$70,345

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,132
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $456

Institutionalized population: 193
Bedford city, VA map from a distance
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,183 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $1,586 (1.0%)

Distribution of median household income in Bedford city, VA in 2017
Distribution of house value in Bedford city, VA in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Bedford city, VA in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 17.6%
Bedford city:

17.6%
Virginia:

10.6%
(13.5% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 30.7% for Black residents, 9.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 107.1% for other race residents, 42.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 47.4 years old
(Males: 47.3 years old, Females: 48.8 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 49.5 years old, Black residents: 38.3 years old, Asian residents: 59.1 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 57.4 years old, Other race residents: 22.1 years old)

Area name: Lynchburg, VA MSA
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bedford city is $443 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $534 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $658 a month.

Bedford city has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

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Neighboring counties: Appomattox County , Madison County, Missouri , Texas County, Oklahoma , Owsley County, Kentucky , Warren County, Kentucky , Norfolk city , Roanoke city .

Current college students: 232
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 27.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 150 (39.8% naturalized citizens)

Bedford city:

2.4%
Whole state:

12.5%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 1562010 or later
  • 02000 to 2009
  • 4981990 to 1999
  • 221980 to 1989
  • 181970 to 1979
  • 35Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 55.6%

Bedford city marital status for males Bedford city marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 2,149
  • One, attached: 27
  • Two: 212
  • 3 or 4: 32
  • 5 to 9: 167
  • 10 to 19: 377
  • 20 to 49: 70
  • 50 or more: 24
  • Mobile homes: 160

Housing units in Bedford city with a mortgage: 1,028 (18 second mortgage, 96 home equity loan, 4 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 670

Here:

0.1% with mortgage
State:

68.9% with mortgage

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 2
Bedford city:

3.18 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 12
Bedford city:

19.07 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 12
This county:

19.07 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Bedford city:

12.1%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Bedford city:

28.5%
State:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

15.0%
State:

18.6%

Earthquake activity:

Bedford city-area historical earthquake activity is near Virginia state average. It is 83% 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 90.6 miles away from Bedford 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, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 249.0 miles away from the 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 291.2 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 132.3 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 135.6 miles away from Bedford 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 63.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Bedford city

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,737 (81.4%)
  • Carpooled: 792 (13.6%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 16 (0.3%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 22 (0.4%)
  • Walked: 90 (1.5%)
  • Worked at home: 90 (1.5%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (14%)
  • Manufacturing (11%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Production occupations (12%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (9%)
  • Transportation occupations (5%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (5%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Sales and related occupations (19%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (16%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (11%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (7%)
  • Community and social service occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (42%)
  • Germany (23%)
  • Switzerland (22%)
  • Iran (17%)
  • Bolivia (2%)
  • Scotland (0%)
  • Ireland (0%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Bedford city


  • American (20%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • English (6%)
  • German (4%)
  • Italian (3%)
  • Dutch (3%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Bedford city, Virginia in 2000:

  • 204 people in nursing homes
  • 201 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 123 people in other group homes
  • 73 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 8 people in other nonhousehold living situations

People in group quarters in Bedford city, Virginia in 2010:

  • 106 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 100 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 93 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
  • 55 people in other noninstitutional facilities
  • 14 people in group homes intended for adults
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $1,000.

10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties between 2010 and 2011.1,000 average adjusted gross income)


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other counties in Virginia.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated from other states.
Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries


10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other counties between 2010 and 2011.1,000 average adjusted gross income)


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other counties in Virginia.
10 or fewer of this county's residents relocated to other states.
Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.5
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.7

Births per 1000 population in Bedford city

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 19.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 18.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Bedford city

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 1.2
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 18.6

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Bedford city
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 14.1%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 4.9%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Bedford city
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Bedford city
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Bedford city
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Bedford city
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Bedford city
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Bedford city

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,623 (1,371 aged, 252 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 82 (6%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Bedford city, Virginia in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (90)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (82)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (69)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (54)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (53)
  • Congestive heart failure (41)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (40)
  • Unspecified dementia (39)
  • Colon, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (35)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (35)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 16.05
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 29,170
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 2,585
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 194,269

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 934
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 2,029
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 111
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 209

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 48

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,327
  • In family households: 4,785 (718 male householders, 1,044 female householders)
    1,157 spouses, 1,427 children (1,427 natural, 0 adopted, 0 stepchildren), 301 grandchildren, 0 brothers or sisters, 82 parents, 59 other relatives, 25 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 1,280 (531 male householders (482 living alone)), 627 female householders (604 living alone)), 105 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 264

Size of family households: 921 2-persons, 488 3-persons, 183 4-persons, 84 5-persons, 49 6-persons, 7 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,086 1-person, 47 2-persons, 20 3-persons.

480 married couples with children.
374 single-parent households (29 men, 345 women).

96.5% of residents of Bedford city speak English at home.
2.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 23% speak English well, 6% don't speak English at all).
2.2% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (74% speak English very well, 26% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $69,705,000 ($11,190 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,233,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $49,775,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $11,932,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $4,000
Federal grants: $5,262,000
Federal procurement contracts: $502,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,230,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $1,352,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $2,002,000
Federal Government insurance: $0,000

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

Births: 428
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 646
Here:

104 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: 0
Here:

0 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +152
Here:

+24 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Bedford city

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.00 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.3
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

3.9
State:

4.4

Year house built in Bedford city, Virginia
  • Year house built in Bedford city, Virginia
  • 562010 or later
  • 542000 to 2009
  • 2641990 to 1999
  • 3781980 to 1989
  • 5991970 to 1979
  • 6731960 to 1969
  • 4191950 to 1959
  • 5571940 to 1949
  • 2851939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bedford city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Bedford city, Virginia
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Bedford city, Virginia
  • 01 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 03 rooms
  • 594 rooms
  • 4095 rooms
  • 4596 rooms
  • 1547 rooms
  • 2298 rooms
  • 3539+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Bedford city, Virginia
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Bedford city, Virginia
  • 971 room
  • 282 rooms
  • 2553 rooms
  • 4774 rooms
  • 2565 rooms
  • 506 rooms
  • 07 rooms
  • 208 rooms
  • 289+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bedford city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Bedford city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Bedford city, Virginia
  • 0no bedroom
  • 161 bedroom
  • 2382 bedrooms
  • 9093 bedrooms
  • 3624 bedrooms
  • 1415+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Bedford city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Bedford city, Virginia
  • 95no bedroom
  • 3511 bedroom
  • 6012 bedrooms
  • 1773 bedrooms
  • 04 bedrooms
  • 05+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Bedford city, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Bedford city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Bedford city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 56no vehicle
  • 4761 vehicle
  • 6602 vehicles
  • 3253 vehicles
  • 1044 vehicles
  • 485+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Bedford city in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Bedford city in renter-occupied apartments
  • 451no vehicle
  • 6261 vehicle
  • 1152 vehicles
  • 133 vehicles
  • 04 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

87.4% of Bedford city residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 24% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 80% lived in Virginia.

Bedford city:

87.4%
State average:

84.7%

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

  • This state: 3,819
  • Other state: 2,158
  • Northeast: 779
  • Midwest: 359
  • South: 766
  • West: 249
Year householders moved into unit in Bedford city, VA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bedford city
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 65.9%Electricity
  • 23.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.3%Wood
  • 1.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%Utility gas
  • 0.6%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 90.6%Electricity
  • 7.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 3.0%Other fuel
  • 1.1%Wood

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 54
Here:

13.6%
Virginia:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 104
Here:

28.0%
Virginia:

9.0%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 90
Here:

26.3%
Virginia:

19.8%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2004:

  • Total number of recipients: 331
  • Number of aged recipients: 33
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 298
  • Number of recipients under 18: 75
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 194
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 62
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 130
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 143
Most common first names in Bedford city, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William26676.6 years
James23574.7 years
John22976.8 years
Mary18080.0 years
Robert15375.7 years
George11679.0 years
Charles11476.6 years
Harry8281.1 years
Thomas8174.6 years
Joseph8077.8 years
Most common last names in Bedford city, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson14676.4 years
Overstreet13876.3 years
Smith7980.1 years
Carter7375.4 years
Wright7175.9 years
Witt6677.4 years
Jones5571.7 years
Saunders4776.7 years
Brown4773.2 years
Martin4580.7 years

Bedford city on our top lists:

  • #8 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the smallest number of children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000"
  • #76 on the list of "Top 101 counties with the highest number of deaths per 1000 residents 2007-2013"