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Covington city, Virginia (VA)

County population in 2019: 5,651 (all urban); it was 6,303 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 950
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 868
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 1,980
Renter-occupied apartments: 814 (it was 855 in 2000)
% of renters here:

30%
State:

33%

Land area: 6 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.

Population density: 996 people per square mile   (very high).

March 2019 cost of living index in Covington city: 76.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Educational, health and social services (19.3%), Manufacturing (18.1%), Retail trade (17.8%), Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (11.5%), Public administration (10.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 79%
  • Government: 17%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 4%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Covington city, VA (2019)
    • 4,52180.6%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 71512.8%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1552.8%Two or more races
    • 1392.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 671.2%Asian alone
    • 90.2%Native Hawaiian and Other
      Pacific Islander alone
Median resident age:

42.7 years
Virginia median age:

38.5 years
Males: 2,707  (47.9%)
Females: 2,944  (52.1%)
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Average household size:
Covington city:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2019: $41,878 ($30,325 in 1999)
This county:

$41,878
Virginia:

$76,456

Median contract rent in 2019 for apartments: $436 (lower quartile is $343, upper quartile is $509)
This county:

$436
State:

$1091


Estimated median house or condo value in 2019: $77,091 (it was $50,700 in 2000)
Covington city:

$77,091
Virginia:

$288,800
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $45,844 - $104,147
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $816
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $319

Institutionalized population: 86
Covington city, VA map from a distance
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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2019: $506 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2019: $510 (0.7%)

Distribution of median household income in Covington city, VA in 2019
Distribution of house value in Covington city, VA in 2019
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Covington city, VA in 2019
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2019: 12.4%
Covington city:

12.4%
Virginia:

9.9%
(12.2% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 10.8% for Black residents, 13.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 90.9% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 11.9% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2019: 42.7 years old
(Males: 42.2 years old, Females: 44.3 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 43.6 years old, Black residents: 35.9 years old, American Indian residents: 111.0 years old, Asian residents: 64.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 39.6 years old, Other race residents: 59.6 years old)

Area name: Alleghany County-Clifton Forge city-Covington city, VA HUD Nonmetro FMR Area
Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Covington city 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.

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

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Neighboring counties: Henrico County .

Unemployment in November 2020:
Here:

6.5%
Virginia:

4.6%

Unemployment by year in Covington city, VA

Current college students: 164
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 86.8%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 15.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 193 (79.5% naturalized citizens)

Covington city:

3.4%
Whole state:

12.7%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 812010 or later
  • 692000 to 2009
  • 01990 to 1999
  • 261980 to 1989
  • 141970 to 1979
  • 18Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 19.3 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 22.8%

Covington city marital status for males Covington city marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 2,546
  • One, attached: 62
  • Two: 147
  • 3 or 4: 42
  • 5 to 9: 34
  • 10 to 19: 5
  • Mobile homes: 177

Housing units in Covington city with a mortgage: 897 (21 second mortgage, 55 home equity loan, 9 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 911

Here:

49.6% with mortgage
State:

67.7% with mortgage

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 1
Covington city:

1.62 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 3
This county:

4.86 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
Covington city:

9.73 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
This county:

14.59 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Covington city:

10.8%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Covington city:

27.6%
State:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

20.6%
State:

18.6%

Earthquake activity:

Covington city-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above Virginia state average. It is 32% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 8/23/2011 at 17:51:04, a magnitude 5.8 (5.8 MW, Depth: 3.7 mi, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 112.4 miles away from Covington city center
On 8/9/2020 at 12:07:37, a magnitude 5.1 (5.1 MW, Depth: 4.7 mi) earthquake occurred 109.2 miles away from the county 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) earthquake occurred 217.5 miles away from the county center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:18, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 6.2 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 103.3 miles away from the county center
On 8/25/2011 at 05:07:52, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 ML, Depth: 4.2 mi) earthquake occurred 110.9 miles away from Covington city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG) earthquake occurred 115.0 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)
Means of transportation to work in 2019 - Covington city

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 2,135 (85.3%)
  • Carpooled: 171 (6.8%)
  • Bus: 46 (1.8%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 48 (1.9%)
  • Walked: 42 (1.7%)
  • Worked at home: 60 (2.4%)
Class of Workers in 2019
Most common industries in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Accommodation and food services (19%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

Most common industries for females in 2019


  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Accommodation and food services (19%)
  • Retail trade (17%)
  • Public administration (8%)
  • Manufacturing (8%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)

Most common occupations in 2019 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2019


  • Material moving occupations (13%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (12%)
  • Production occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (8%)
  • Transportation occupations (7%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Firefighting and prevention, and other protective service workers including supervisors (7%)

Most common occupations for females in 2019


  • Office and administrative support occupations (18%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (15%)
  • Sales and related occupations (13%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Health technologists and technicians (6%)
  • Educational instruction, and library occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Jamaica (68%)
  • Philippines (14%)
  • Hong Kong (13%)
  • Bahamas (4%)
  • Ireland (3%)
  • Sweden (0%)
  • United Kingdom, excluding England and Scotland (0%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Covington city


  • American (21%)
  • European (12%)
  • English (10%)
  • German (7%)
  • Irish (4%)
  • Scotch-Irish (1%)
  • Jamaican (1%)

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders
7 people in other nonhousehold living situations
4 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
86 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $46,197.

7.58% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($26,961 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

7.58%
Virginia average:

9.50%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
6.26% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($23,156 average AGI)
1.31% relocated from other states ($3,804 average AGI)
Covington city:

1.31%
Virginia average:

3.61%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Alleghany County, VA  4.23% ($29,240 average AGI)


8.20% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($35,677 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.20%
Virginia average:

9.76%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
7.02% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($31,949 average AGI)
1.18% relocated to other states ($3,733 average AGI)
Covington city:

1.18%
Virginia average:

3.89%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Alleghany County, VA  4.62% ($41,473 average AGI)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 12.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.6

Births per 1000 population in Covington city

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 15.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 14.2
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2019: 15.8

Deaths per 1000 population in Covington city

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 7.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.9

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Covington city
Population without health insurance coverage in 2018: 10.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2018: 3.7%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Covington city
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Covington city
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Covington city
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Covington city
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Covington city
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Covington city

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 1,602 (1,236 aged, 366 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 84 (6%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Covington city, Virginia in 1999 - 2019:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (38)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (26)
  • Cardiac arrest, unspecified (11)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (11)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (10)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 11%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 7%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 467
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,660
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 16

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 44
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 113

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 16

Household type by relationship:

Households: 5,651
  • Male householders: 1,194 (383 living alone), Female householders: 1,219 (460 living alone)
  • 1,114 spouses (1,114 opposite-sex spouses), 165 unmarried partners, (165 opposite-sex unmarried partners), 1,424 children (1,340 natural, 14 adopted, 67 stepchildren), 110 grandchildren, 7 brothers or sisters, 83 parents, 0 foster children, 176 other relatives, 57 non-relatives
  • In group quarters: 100

Size of family households: 640 2-persons, 266 3-persons, 379 4-persons, 160 5-persons, 18 6-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 842 1-person, 88 2-persons, 20 3-persons, 5 4-persons.

682 married couples with children.
344 single-parent households (100 men, 244 women).

97.5% of residents of Covington city speak English at home.
0.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (100% speak English very well).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (100% speak English very well).
1.0% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $77,442,000 ($12,379 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,467,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $44,159,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $21,019,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $5,000
Federal grants: $7,158,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,109,000 ($301,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $3,992,000 ($684,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $12,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $848,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,497,000

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

Births: 378
Here:

61 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 446
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +76
Here:

+12 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -96
Here -15 per 1000 residents
State +14 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Covington city

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 2.38 millions of gallons per day (all from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

6.0
State:

7.0

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

5.5
State:

4.4

Year house built in Covington city, Virginia
  • Year house built in Covington city, Virginia
  • 02014 or later
  • 02010 to 2013
  • 972000 to 2009
  • 851990 to 1999
  • 1451980 to 1989
  • 1471970 to 1979
  • 3451960 to 1969
  • 6101950 to 1959
  • 6821940 to 1949
  • 8551939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Covington city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Covington city, Virginia
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Covington city, Virginia
  • 01 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 633 rooms
  • 1654 rooms
  • 5015 rooms
  • 2976 rooms
  • 2667 rooms
  • 2088 rooms
  • 2909+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Covington city, Virginia
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Covington city, Virginia
  • 281 room
  • 02 rooms
  • 383 rooms
  • 1254 rooms
  • 1215 rooms
  • 1726 rooms
  • 787 rooms
  • 348 rooms
  • 149+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Covington city, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Covington city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Covington city, Virginia
  • 0no bedroom
  • 301 bedroom
  • 5002 bedrooms
  • 8043 bedrooms
  • 3454 bedrooms
  • 1025+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Covington city, Virginia
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Covington city, Virginia
  • 26no bedroom
  • 371 bedroom
  • 3012 bedrooms
  • 1303 bedrooms
  • 1084 bedrooms
  • 145+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Covington city, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Covington city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Covington city in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 120no vehicle
  • 6031 vehicle
  • 5732 vehicles
  • 3513 vehicles
  • 1214 vehicles
  • 145+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Covington city in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Covington city in renter-occupied apartments
  • 93no vehicle
  • 2221 vehicle
  • 2812 vehicles
  • 73 vehicles
  • 04 vehicles
  • 135+ vehicles

90.9% of Covington city residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 11% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 90% lived in Virginia.

Covington city:

90.9%
State average:

84.7%

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

  • This state: 4,089
  • Other state: 1,310
  • Northeast: 239
  • Midwest: 81
  • South: 800
  • West: 182
Year householders moved into unit in Covington city, VA
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Covington city
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 53.0%Utility gas
  • 38.7%Electricity
  • 4.8%Wood
  • 2.3%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 0.8%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 0.4%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 47.5%Utility gas
  • 44.8%Electricity
  • 5.1%Wood
  • 1.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 1.1%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 79
Here:

14.3%
Virginia:

10.4%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 15
Here:

7.3%
Virginia:

10.4%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 56
Here:

32.4%
Virginia:

20.4%

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: 374
  • Number of aged recipients: 34
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 340
  • Number of recipients under 18: 48
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 261
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 65
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 161
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 153
Most common first names in Covington city, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James17672.1 years
William17172.2 years
Mary16478.3 years
John15773.9 years
Robert13771.3 years
Charles12469.3 years
George7773.7 years
Virginia6578.9 years
Harry6172.9 years
Helen6078.4 years
Most common last names in Covington city, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Smith10876.4 years
Tucker7772.5 years
Persinger6874.4 years
Wolfe6370.8 years
Jones5273.3 years
Brown5172.1 years
Humphries5073.8 years
Miller4773.2 years
Dressler4670.6 years
Martin4374.8 years

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