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Clarke County, Virginia (VA)


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County population in 2012: 14,323 (30% urban, 70% rural); it was 12,652 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 3,058
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 1,098
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,733
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,353 (it was 1,209 in 2000)
% of renters here:

24%
State:

33%

Land area: 177 sq. mi.
Water area: 1.6 sq. mi.
Population density: 81 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Clarke County: 102.9 (near average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.2%), Professional,scientific,management,administrative,and waste management services (12.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 74%
  • Government: 19%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 7%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Clarke County, Virginia:


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

Males: 6,989  (44.6%)
Females: 7,045  (55.4%)

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Clarke County,VA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Clarke County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $65,588 ($51,601 in 1999)
This county:

$65588
Virginia:

$59330

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $748 (lower quartile is $530, upper quartile is $946)
This county:

$748
State:

$832


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $357,381 (it was $156,500 in 2000)
Clarke County:

$357,381
Virginia:

$252,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $259,833 - $454,468

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $410,903
Here:

$410,903
State:

$330,816

Townhouses or other attached units: $500,641
Here:

$500,641
State:

$310,878

Mobile homes: $153,072
Here:

$153,072
State:

$37,843
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,871
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $372

Institutionalized population: 236

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):


Clarke County, VA map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $1,583 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $1,707 (0.5%)


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


Clarke County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 5.7%
(4.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 5.7% for Black residents, 19.1% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for American Indian residents, 28.3% for other race residents, 29.9% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 44 years old
(Males: 44 years old, Females: 45 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 47 years old, American Indian residents: 45 years old, Asian residents: 39 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 25 years old, Other race residents: 25 years old)

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

6.6%
Whole state:

9.6%

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

3.5%
Whole state:

4.3%

Area name: Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DC-VA-MD HUD Metro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Clarke County is $1080 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $1225 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $1580 a month.

Cities in this county include: Berryville, Shenandoah Retreat, Boyce.

Clarke 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.clarke.va.us

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Clarke County: Millwood Farm Equestrian Center (A), Idlewild River Farm (B), Sandstone Farms (C), Marsh Thoroughbred Farm (D), White Post Dairy (E), Oak Hill Silk Farm (F), Sugar Hill (G), Stone Bridge (H), Millwood Country Club (I), Pigeon Hill (J), Double Tollgate (K), Yellow Rose Shelter (L), State Prison Camp Number 7 (M), Carter Hall (N), Westbrook Estate (O), Weehaw Estate (P), Villa Larue Estate (Q), Tuleyries Estate (R), The Vineyard Estate (S), The Meadow Estate (T). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Clarke County include: Providence Chapel (A), Bethel Church (B), Stones Chapel (C), Crums Church (D), Ebenezer Church (E), Good Shepherd Church (F), Guilfield Church (G), Holy Cross Monastery (H), Little Chapel (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Milton Valley Cemetery (1), Stones Chapel Cemetery (2), Old Salem Cemetery (3), Old Chapel Cemetery (4), Old Bethel Cemetery (5), Little Chapel Cemetery (6), Crums Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Short Hill Farm Lake (A), Berryville Reservoir (B), Willow Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Wheat Spring Branch (A), Westbrook Run (B), Wrights Branch (C), Roseville Run (D), Redbud Run (E), Page Brook (F), Morgan Mill Stream (G), Lick Run (H), Lewis Run (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Clarke County include: White Post Village Park (1), White Post Historic District (2), Watermelon Park (3), Clarke County Recreation Area (4), Clarke County Fairgrounds (5), Bearden Park (6). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Berkeley County, West Virginia , Jefferson County, West Virginia , Fauquier County , Frederick County , Loudoun County , Warren County .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 385
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 82.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 23.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 312 (48% naturalized citizens)

Clarke County:

2.5%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 32.4 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 36.4%

Clarke County marital status for males
Clarke County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Clarke County with a mortgage: 1,881 (204 second mortgage, 276 home equity loan, 13 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 873

Here:

68.3% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 35.69%
Here35.7%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 4,516
Total congregations: 21

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameUnited Methodist ChurchSouthern Baptist ConventionEpiscopal ChurchLDS (Mormon) ChurchOther
Adherents1,637 (36.2%)1,047 (23.2%)554 (12.3%)478 (10.6%)800 (17.7%)
Congregations8 (38.1%)4 (19.0%)4 (19.0%)1 (4.8%)4 (19.0%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Clarke County - Berryville, Shenandoah Retreat, Boyce

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
This county:

0.70 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
Clarke County:

2.09 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 8
This county:

5.58 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 8
Clarke County:

5.58 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.1%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.4%
Virginia:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Clarke County:

10.9%
State:

18.6%


Agriculture in Clarke County:

Average size of farms: 157 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $33,086
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $209.12
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 8.79%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 66.21%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $37,231
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 33.97%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $38,786
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 85.38%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 22.73
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 8.40%
Corn for grain: 3582 harvested acres
All wheat for grain: 715 harvested acres
Soybeans for beans: 1530 harvested acres
Vegetables: 25 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 2,093 acres

Tornado activity:

Clarke County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 2.1 times above overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Clarke County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 96% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/5/2003 at 16:32:32, a magnitude 3.9 (3.9 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 94.2 miles away from the county center
On 3/15/1991 at 06:54:08, a magnitude 3.8 (3.8 LG, Depth: 10.9 mi) earthquake occurred 94.8 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 78.4 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Clarke County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (19%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Health care (13%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (8%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (6%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (4%)
  • Social assistance (3%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (6%)
  • Construction trades workers except carpenters, electricians, painters, plumbers, and construction laborers (5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (4%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (4%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Retail sales workers except cashiers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)

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




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





Clarke County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,037 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 704 (11%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 11 (0%)
  • Subway or elevated: 20 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 14 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 7 (0%)
  • Walked: 303 (5%)
  • Other means: 38 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 378 (6%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $69,432.

10.99% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($60,513 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

10.99%
Virginia average:

11.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
8.26% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($45,993 average AGI)
2.73% relocated from other states ($14,520 average AGI)
Clarke County:

2.73%
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 Loudoun County, VA  3.63% ($65,140 average AGI)
from Frederick County, VA  1.72% ($62,614)
from Fairfax County, VA  0.98% ($70,820)
from Winchester city, VA  0.60% ($35,194)
from Jefferson County, WV  0.29% ($29,667)
from Prince William County, VA  0.21% ($62,818)
from Warren County, VA  0.20% ($51,800)


8.93% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($49,738 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.93%
Virginia average:

10.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
5.81% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($33,973 average AGI)
3.12% relocated to other states ($15,765 average AGI)
Clarke County:

3.12%
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 Frederick County, VA  2.26% ($46,637 average AGI)
to Loudoun County, VA  1.06% ($54,981)
to Winchester city, VA  0.94% ($66,404)
to Berkeley County, WV  0.58% ($36,448)
to Jefferson County, WV  0.32% ($55,625)
to Fairfax County, VA  0.24% ($46,167)
to Warren County, VA  0.24% ($32,417)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.9
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.3

Births per 1000 population in Clarke County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6

Deaths per 1000 population in Clarke County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.0
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 1.1

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Clarke County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 1,890 (1,720 aged, 170 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 8%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1070.050
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 915.170
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 7.04

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 23.48
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 49.28

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,779

Size of family households: 1,772 2-persons, 838 3-persons, 711 4-persons, 284 5-persons, 126 6-persons, 77 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,370 1-person, 285 2-persons, 33 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons.

96.6% of residents of Clarke County speak English at home.
1.6% of residents speak Spanish at home (69% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 12% speak English not well, 3% don't speak English at all).
1.5% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (88% speak English very well, 12% speak English well).
0.2% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (21% speak English very well, 28% speak English well, 52% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $59,320,000 ($4282 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $4,073,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $35,557,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $10,359,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $332,000
Federal grants: $5,834,000
Federal procurement contracts: $4,688,000 ($577,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,550,000 ($51,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $29,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $6,273,000
Federal Government insurance: $11,250,000

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

Births: 658
Here:

46 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 699
Here:

49 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +53
Here:

+4 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +1,563
Here:

+110 per 1000 residents
State:

+14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Clarke County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.47 millions of gallons per day (17% from ground, 83% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.7
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.6
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Clarke County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 10
  • 3 rooms: 65
  • 4 rooms: 176
  • 5 rooms: 668
  • 6 rooms: 802
  • 7 rooms: 665
  • 8 rooms: 601
  • 9+ rooms: 746
  • 1 room: 41
  • 2 rooms: 34
  • 3 rooms: 156
  • 4 rooms: 344
  • 5 rooms: 297
  • 6 rooms: 150
  • 7 rooms: 70
  • 8 rooms: 48
  • 9+ rooms: 69
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Clarke County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 78
  • 2 bedrooms: 619
  • 3 bedrooms: 1,986
  • 4 bedrooms: 868
  • 5+ bedrooms: 182
  • no bedroom: 41
  • 1 bedroom: 192
  • 2 bedrooms: 525
  • 3 bedrooms: 367
  • 4 bedrooms: 65
  • 5+ bedrooms: 19
Cars and other vehicles available in Clarke County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 167
  • 1 vehicle: 712
  • 2 vehicles: 1,419
  • 3 vehicles: 990
  • 4 vehicles: 291
  • 5+ vehicles: 154
  • no vehicle: 127
  • 1 vehicle: 518
  • 2 vehicles: 366
  • 3 vehicles: 149
  • 4 vehicles: 24
  • 5+ vehicles: 25

60% of Clarke County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 28% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 70% lived in Virginia.

Clarke County:

60.2%
State average:

53.8%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $98,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Clarke County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (41.8%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (30.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (13.3%)
  • Wood (10.9%)
  • Utility gas (3.0%)
  • Electricity (45.6%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (33.6%)
  • Utility gas (6.9%)
  • Wood (6.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (6.0%)
  • Solar energy (0.8%)
  • Other fuel (0.7%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 216
Here:

14.6%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 39
Here:

5.6%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 81
Here:

24.9%
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 (Noninst.)


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Clarke County, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John11873.8 years
Mary9878.4 years
James8772.0 years
William8074.7 years
Charles7476.4 years
Robert5869.6 years
George3876.4 years
Dorothy3575.6 years
Thomas3577.6 years
Ruth3482.1 years
Most common last names in Clarke County, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith3874.8 years
Lloyd3578.4 years
Brown3279.0 years
Johnson3175.1 years
Jenkins3176.5 years
Mcdonald2976.1 years
Williams2882.5 years
Jones2680.0 years
Jackson2475.5 years
Huff2176.2 years
Businesses in Clarke County, VA
NameCountNameCount
7-Eleven2RadioShack1
Baskin-Robbins1Subway2
Dunkin Donuts1True Value1
FedEx1U-Haul1
McDonald's1UPS1

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