Bland County, Virginia (VA)

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County population in 2012: 6,738 (all rural); it was 6,871 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,065
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,098
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 2,210
Renter-occupied apartments: 403 (it was 358 in 2000)
% of renters here:

14%
State:

33%

Land area: 359 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.1 sq. mi.

Population density: 19 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2013 cost of living index in Bland County: 84.6 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (37.3%), Retail trade (26.5%), Finance, insurance, real estate, and rental and leasing (19.3%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 53%
  • Government: 0%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 47%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Bland County, Virginia:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (95.2%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (3.3%)
  • Two or more races (0.6%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (0.6%)
Median resident age:  43.0 years
Virginia median age:  37.0 years
Males: 3,765  (54.9%)
Females: 3,059  (45.1%)
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Bland County,VA real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Bland County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $41,320 ($30,397 in 1999)

This county:

$41320
Virginia:

$62666

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $480 (lower quartile is $370, upper quartile is $558)
This county:

$480
State:

$922


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $93,137 (it was $65,700 in 2000)
Bland:

$93,137
Virginia:

$239,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $59,887 - $168,828
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $826
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $289

Institutionalized population: 686

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):

Bland County, VA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2007: 29 buildings, average cost: $84,400
  • 2008: 44 buildings, average cost: $66,200
  • 2009: 42 buildings, average cost: $71,400

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $681 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $605 (0.7%)

Bland County household income distribution in 2009 Bland County home values distribution Bland County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 16.6%
(16.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 17.2%
Bland County:

17.2%
Virginia:

11.7%
(17.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Hispanic or Latino residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 44 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 44 years old, Black residents: 38 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 37 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Bland County is $416 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $483 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $616 a month.

Cities in this county include: Bland.

Bland 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 Bland County: Tilson Mill (A), White Creek Picnic Area (B), Knot Mole Shelter (C), Walker Mountain Lookout (D), Jenkins Shelter (E), Camp Laurel (F), Camp Roland (G), Long Spur (H), Bland State Correctional Farm (I), Grayson Sheriff's Department (J), Independence Volunteer Fire Department (K), Independence Rescue Squad (L), Dublin Police Department (M), Ethan Allen Fire Brigade (N), Dublin Volunteer Fire Department (O), Radford Army Ammunition Fire Department and Rescue Squad (P), Rocky Gap Volunteer Fire Department (Q), Little Creek Volunteer Fire Department (R), Hollybrook Mechanicsburg Volunteer Fire Department (S), Ceres Volunteer Fire Department (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Bland County include: Bethany Church (A), Byrnes Chapel Methodist Church (B), Central Church (C), Clear Fork Church (D), Davis Church (E), Dry Fork Church (F), Green Hill Church (G), Green Valley Church (H), Laurel Fork Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Pruett Cemetery (1), Rose Hill Cemetery (2), Shewey Cemetery (3), Shields Cemetery (4), Shrader Cemetery (5), Sword Cemetery (6), Tuggle Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Crab Orchard Lake (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Spring Branch (A), Bob King Branch (B), Creed Branch (C), Lynn Hollow Branch (D), Polly Branch (E), Poplar Spring Branch (F), Wolfpen Branch (G), Wilderness Creek (H), Wilderness Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Neighboring counties: Mercer County, West Virginia , Giles County , Pulaski County , Smyth County , Tazewell County , Wythe County .

Unemployment in July 2013:
Here:

5.6%
Virginia:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 258
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 9.2%

Number of foreign born residents: 56 (77% naturalized citizens)

Bland County:

0.8%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 16
  • 1990 to 1994: 7
  • 1985 to 1989: 0
  • 1980 to 1984: 0
  • 1975 to 1979: 8
  • 1970 to 1974: 6
  • 1970 to 1974: 0
  • 1965 to 1969: 19

Mean travel time to work (commute): 33.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 45.3%

Bland County marital status for males Bland County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Bland County with a mortgage: 460 (47 second mortgage, 52 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 609

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Bland County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Mainline Protestant1,11119
Evangelical Protestant87314
Black Protestant1151
None4,725-
Bland 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
Bland County:

2.91 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


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

1.45 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Bland County:

13.09 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.


Adult diabetes rate:
Bland County:

10.3%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Bland County:

28.9%
State:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

14.3%
State:

18.6%

Agriculture in Bland County:

Average size of farms: 226 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $20,536
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $36.48
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 94.39%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $18,647
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.97%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.02%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $30,470
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 91.61%
Average age of principal farm operators: 58 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 18.35
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 4.37%
Corn for grain: 115 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 32 harvested acres
Vegetables: 14 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Bland County-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above Virginia state average. It is 81% 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 171.1 miles away from Bland County center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 44.0 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 46.8 miles away from the county center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 45.6 miles away from the county center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 182.7 miles away from Bland County center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 166.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Bland County (9) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 3

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 (%):

  • Germany (34%)
  • Thailand (18%)
  • France (14%)
  • Peru (13%)
  • Ireland (11%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (11%)

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

  • United States or American (37%)
  • German (12%)
  • English (11%)
  • Irish (11%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4%)
  • Italian (4%)
  • Dutch (3%)

Bland County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,245 (85%)
  • Carpooled: 255 (10%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 13 (0%)
  • Walked: 22 (1%)
  • Other means: 29 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 66 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

590 people in state prisons
48 people in nursing homes
637 people in state prisons
49 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $47,365.

5.77% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($36,336 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.77%
Virginia average:

9.34%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.42% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($19,945 average AGI)
2.34% relocated from other states ($16,391 average AGI)
Bland County:

2.34%
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 Wythe County, VA  0.99% ($33,227 average AGI)
from Mercer County, WV  0.59% ($70,077)
from Pulaski County, VA  0.54% ($33,250)
from Tazewell County, VA  0.50% ($41,000)


5.04% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,748 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.04%
Virginia average:

9.20%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.95% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($19,766 average AGI)
2.09% relocated to other states ($10,982 average AGI)
Bland County:

2.09%
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 Wythe County, VA  1.18% ($34,962 average AGI)
to Mercer County, WV  0.68% ($21,067)
to Tazewell County, VA  0.45% ($20,200)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 8.5

Births per 1000 population in Bland County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.5
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 11.4
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2013: 12.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Bland County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 1.7
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 2.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Bland County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,352 (999 aged, 353 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 3%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 835.370
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1267.460

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 29.64
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 14.4

Household type by relationship:

Households: 6,138

Size of family households: 944 2-persons, 424 3-persons, 315 4-persons, 107 5-persons, 35 6-persons, 17 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 633 1-person, 76 2-persons, 7 3-persons, 6 4-persons, 1 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

1,021 married couples with children.
210 single-parent households (53 men, 157 women).

97.0% of residents of Bland County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (71% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 13% speak English not well).
1.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (25% speak English very well, 75% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $40,067,000 ($5696 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,969,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $20,652,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $8,813,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $415,000
Federal grants: $6,694,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,266,000 ($1,178,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $1,227,000 ($222,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $90,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $496,000
Federal Government insurance: $4,272,000

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

Births: 306
Here:

44 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 387
Here:

56 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: +159
Here:

+23 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Bland County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.04 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.8
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.1
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 100
  • 2000 to 2004: 391
  • 1990 to 1999: 605
  • 1980 to 1989: 393
  • 1970 to 1979: 574
  • 1960 to 1969: 230
  • 1950 to 1959: 338
  • 1940 to 1949: 315
  • 1939 or earlier: 361
Rooms in houses/apartments in Bland County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 20
  • 3 rooms: 54
  • 4 rooms: 260
  • 5 rooms: 564
  • 6 rooms: 613
  • 7 rooms: 288
  • 8 rooms: 250
  • 9+ rooms: 161
  • 1 room: 9
  • 2 rooms: 8
  • 3 rooms: 23
  • 4 rooms: 96
  • 5 rooms: 78
  • 6 rooms: 67
  • 7 rooms: 20
  • 8 rooms: 50
  • 9+ rooms: 7
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Bland County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 25
  • 2 bedrooms: 483
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,351
  • 4 bedrooms: 302
  • 5+ bedrooms: 49
  • no bedroom: 18
  • 1 bedroom: 29
  • 2 bedrooms: 148
  • 3 bedrooms: 101
  • 4 bedrooms: 40
  • 5+ bedrooms: 22
Cars and other vehicles available in Bland County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 128
  • 1 vehicle: 533
  • 2 vehicles: 805
  • 3 vehicles: 506
  • 4 vehicles: 141
  • 5+ vehicles: 97
  • no vehicle: 52
  • 1 vehicle: 107
  • 2 vehicles: 160
  • 3 vehicles: 32
  • 4 vehicles: 0
  • 5+ vehicles: 7

71% of Bland County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 35% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 45% lived in Virginia.

Bland County:

70.6%
State average:

53.8%

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

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $33,900


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 9%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 6%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Bland County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (46.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (26.6%)
  • Wood (15.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (10.6%)
  • Coal or coke (0.9%)
  • Electricity (45.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (25.7%)
  • Wood (23.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.9%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 59
Here:

9.7%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 25
Here:

5.7%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 39
Here:

17.0%
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 (Noninstitutionalized)

Bland County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Water Utilities: $4,456,000
    General Public Buildings: $240,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary & Secondary Education: $6,225,000
    Welfare - Other: $808,000
    Police Protection: $537,000
    Central Staff Services: $431,000
    Solid Waste Management: $342,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $335,000
    Financial Administration: $269,000
    Water Utilities: $156,000
    General - Other: $143,000
    General Public Buildings: $130,000
    Housing & Community Development: $121,000
    Fire Protection: $97,000
    Health Services - Other: $83,000
    Libraries: $76,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $73,000
    Corrections - Other: $63,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $40,000
    Parks & Recreation: $18,000
    Regular Highways: $3,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $116,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - Health: $67,000
    Higher Education: $8,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $5,719,000
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $106,000

Bland County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - Solid Waste Management: $201,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education School Lunch: $181,000
    All Other: $20,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education School Tuition: $9,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education - Other: $0
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $561,000
    Public Welfare: $349,000
    General Support: $64,000
    All Other: $7,000
  • Miscellaneous - Special Assessments: $4,178,000
    General Revenue, NEC: $323,000
    Rents: $90,000
    Interest Earnings: $81,000
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $233,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $4,800,000
    All Other: $761,000
    Public Welfare: $416,000
    General Support: $386,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,041,000
    NEC: $177,000
    Total General Sales: $167,000
    Public Utilities: $167,000
    Motor Vehicle License: $107,000
    Other Selective Sales: $66,000

Bland County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding - Water Utilities: $2,307,000
    Industrial Revenue: $270,000
  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, Education, NEC: $1,318,000
  • Long Term Debt Issue, Unspecified - Water Utilities: $299,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Elementary & Secondary Education: $1,197,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Water Utilities: $2,582,000
    Industrial Revenue: $199,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Nonguaranteed - Industrial Revenue: $71,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Elementary and Secondary Education: $121,000
    Water Utilities: $24,000

Bland County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $3,919,000
  • Sinking Fund - Cash & Deposits: $199,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

Bland County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1993
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Bland County Fatal accident statistics for 1994 - 2013
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