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Grayson County, Virginia (VA)


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County population in 2012: 15,183 (0% urban, 100% rural); it was 17,917 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,448
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,905
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,902
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,493 (it was 1,357 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

33%

Land area: 443 sq. mi.
Water area: 3.3 sq. mi.
Population density: 35 people per square mile 
 
 (low).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Grayson County: 86.0 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Manufacturing (24.6%), Educational,health and social services (23.0%), Retail trade (10.9%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 76%
  • Government: 16%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 8%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Grayson County, Virginia:


Median resident age:  46.0 years
Virginia median age:  37.0 years

Males: 7,611  (59.8%)
Females: 7,922  (40.2%)

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Grayson County,VA real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Grayson County:

2.0 people
Virginia:

3 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $36,449 ($28,676 in 1999)
This county:

$36449
Virginia:

$59330

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $372 (lower quartile is $255, upper quartile is $490)
This county:

$372
State:

$832


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $86,176 (it was $62,200 in 2000)
Grayson County:

$86,176
Virginia:

$252,600
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $58,325 - $131,951

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $197,352
Here:

$197,352
State:

$330,816

Townhouses or other attached units: $510,562
Here:

$510,562
State:

$310,878

In 2-unit structures: $1,648,692
Here:

$1,648,692
State:

$285,516

Mobile homes: $61,590
Here:

$61,590
State:

$37,843

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $286,569
Here:

$286,569
State:

$92,978
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,031
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $203

Institutionalized population: 115

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):


Grayson 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: $392 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $402 (0.5%)


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


Grayson County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 16.5%
(15.7% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 19.2% for Black residents, 33.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 0.0% for other race residents, 68.6% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 46 years old
(Males: 45 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 47 years old, Black residents: 45 years old, American Indian residents: 44 years old, Asian residents: 48 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 24 years old, Other race residents: 26 years old)

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

13.6%
Whole state:

9.6%

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

4.9%
Whole state:

4.3%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Grayson 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: Troutdale, Independence, Fries.

Grayson County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential
Local government website: horace.ls.net/~grayson

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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Grayson County: Haw Orchard (A), Hacklers Store (B), Rolling Acres Dairy (C), Fox Creek Appalachian Trail Head (D), Park (E), Cox Chapel (F), Fox Creek Horse Camp (G), Sinclair Preston Landscape for the Future (H), Old Orchard Shelter (I), Elk Garden (J), Catrons Mill (K), Rectors Store (L), Meadow Creek Dairy (M), Cresthaven Farms (N). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Grayson County include: Potato Creek Church (A), Atkins Church (B), Bald Rock Church (C), Bethel Church (D), Beulah Church (E), Bethany Church (F), Big Spring Church (G), Saddle Creek Church (H), Brush Creek Church (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Osborne Cemetery (1), Parks Cemetery (2), Perkins Cemetery (3), Perry Cemetery (4), Phipps Cemetery (5), Pine Branch Cemetery (6), Pleasant Branch Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoirs: Hampton Lake (A), Fields Reservoir (B), Hale Lake (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Peggies Branch (A), Stevens Creek (B), Kings Branch (C), Johns Creek (D), Hanks Branch (E), Moore Creek (F), Wolfpen Branch (G), Wilson Creek (H), Wilburn Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Grayson County: Grayson Highlands State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Alleghany County, North Carolina , Ashe County, North Carolina , Carroll County , Johnson County, Tennessee , Surry County, North Carolina , Smyth County , Washington County , Wythe County , Galax city .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 439
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 64.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 8.0%

Number of foreign born residents: 212 (30% naturalized citizens)

Grayson County:

1.2%
Whole state:

8.1%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 29.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 31.9%

Grayson County marital status for males
Grayson County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Grayson County with a mortgage: 1,474 (88 second mortgage, 123 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,732

Here:

46.0% with mortgage
State:

75.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 42.88%
Here42.9%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 7,683
Total congregations: 71

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionUnited Methodist ChurchInternational Pentecostal Holiness ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Churches of Christ
Adherents3,231 (42.1%)3,141 (40.9%)367 (4.8%)284 (3.7%)246 (3.2%)
Congregations17 (23.9%)29 (40.8%)3 (4.2%)2 (2.8%)5 (7.0%)
NameSeparate Baptists in ChristChurch of God of ProphecyChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents105 (1.4%)96 (1.2%)92 (1.2%)61 (0.8%)60 (0.8%)
Congregations3 (4.2%)2 (2.8%)1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)8 (11.3%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Grayson County - Troutdale, Independence, Fries

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 4
This county:

2.49 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

2.03 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Grayson County:

1.24 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

1.43 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 5
This county:

3.11 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

4.03 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 9
Grayson County:

5.60 / 10,000 pop.
Virginia:

7.65 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

10.2%
Virginia:

9.3%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

24.9%
Virginia:

26.7%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Grayson County:

15.2%
State:

18.6%


Agriculture in Grayson County:

Average size of farms: 160 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $29,636
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $264.50
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 5.63%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 75.51%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $22,936
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 17.11%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.32%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $32,205
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.65%
Average age of principal farm operators: 56 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 22.59
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.76%
Corn for grain: 111 harvested acres
Vegetables: 20 harvested acres

Tornado activity:

Grayson County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below Virginia state average. It is 7.2 times below overall U.S. average.

Earthquake activity:

Grayson County-area historical earthquake activity is above Virginia state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 56.3 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 56.7 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 56.9 miles away from the county center
On 6/26/1995 at 00:36:17, a magnitude 3.5 (3.1 MB, 3.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 17.0 miles away from Grayson County center
On 2/12/1994 at 02:40:24, a magnitude 3.4 (2.9 ML, 3.4 ML, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 47.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/28/1997 at 10:36:46, a magnitude 3.4 (3.4 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 59.1 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


The number of natural disasters in Grayson County (11) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 7
Emergencies Declared: 4

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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (15%)
  • Construction (12%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Truck transportation (5%)
  • Health care (4%)
  • Nonmetallic mineral products (4%)
  • Educational services (4%)
  • Health care (19%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (9%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (6%)
  • Department and other general merchandise stores (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Apparel (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (12%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (5%)
  • Woodworkers (4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (9%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (6%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (6%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (5%)
  • Cashiers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Registered nurses (4%)

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




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





Grayson County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,685 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 1,505 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 33 (0%)
  • Walked: 107 (1%)
  • Other means: 41 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 334 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $34,377.

4.76% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($32,977 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.76%
Virginia average:

11.06%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.24% relocated from other counties in Virginia ($12,517 average AGI)
2.52% relocated from other states ($20,459 average AGI)
Grayson County:

2.52%
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 Carroll County, VA  0.66% ($20,528 average AGI)
from Galax city, VA  0.39% ($15,143)
from Alleghany County, NC  0.35% ($36,053)
from Wythe County, VA  0.28% ($18,467)
from Ashe County, NC  0.20% ($30,818)
from Surry County, NC  0.20% ($23,455)
from Smyth County, VA  0.20% ($33,000)


5.15% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($23,893 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.15%
Virginia average:

10.78%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.98% relocated to other counties in Virginia ($13,434 average AGI)
2.16% relocated to other states ($10,463 average AGI)
Grayson County:

2.16%
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 Carroll County, VA  0.86% ($24,298 average AGI)
to Galax city, VA  0.64% ($24,171)
to Wythe County, VA  0.42% ($23,696)
to Ashe County, NC  0.26% ($34,500)
to Alleghany County, NC  0.22% ($24,250)
to Smyth County, VA  0.18% ($15,600)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.5

Births per 1000 population in Grayson County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.3

Deaths per 1000 population in Grayson County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 5.8
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 9.4

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Grayson County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,080 (2,462 aged, 618 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 885.980
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1515.340

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 18.61
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 18.33

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 6.11

Crimes per 100,000 population in 1996: 1

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 206.2. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,355

Size of family households: 2,575 2-persons, 997 3-persons, 665 4-persons, 240 5-persons, 70 6-persons, 50 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,007 1-person, 207 2-persons, 20 3-persons, 10 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 1 6-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

97.1% of residents of Grayson County speak English at home.
2.0% of residents speak Spanish at home (46% speak English very well, 33% speak English well, 16% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.8% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 10% speak English well, 10% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (50% speak English very well, 50% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (46% speak English very well, 54% speak English well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $87,679,000 ($5317 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $5,943,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $41,595,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $18,662,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $502,000
Federal grants: $19,571,000
Federal procurement contracts: $5,114,000 ($4,213,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,235,000 ($30,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $129,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,670,000
Federal Government insurance: $3,566,000

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

Births: 835
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

70 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,122
Here:

69 per 1000 residents
State:

40 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +45
Here:

+3 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: -256
Here -16 per 1000 residents
State +14 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Grayson County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.21 millions of gallons per day (67% from ground, 33% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.4
State:

6.6

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Grayson County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 14
  • 2 rooms: 2
  • 3 rooms: 209
  • 4 rooms: 848
  • 5 rooms: 2,034
  • 6 rooms: 1,412
  • 7 rooms: 696
  • 8 rooms: 399
  • 9+ rooms: 288
  • 1 room: 22
  • 2 rooms: 57
  • 3 rooms: 160
  • 4 rooms: 465
  • 5 rooms: 309
  • 6 rooms: 193
  • 7 rooms: 84
  • 8 rooms: 20
  • 9+ rooms: 47
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Grayson County, Virginia
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 22
  • 1 bedroom: 126
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,671
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,267
  • 4 bedrooms: 624
  • 5+ bedrooms: 192
  • no bedroom: 31
  • 1 bedroom: 173
  • 2 bedrooms: 659
  • 3 bedrooms: 361
  • 4 bedrooms: 97
  • 5+ bedrooms: 36
Cars and other vehicles available in Grayson County, Virginia in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 378
  • 1 vehicle: 1,385
  • 2 vehicles: 2,463
  • 3 vehicles: 1,255
  • 4 vehicles: 349
  • 5+ vehicles: 72
  • no vehicle: 248
  • 1 vehicle: 563
  • 2 vehicles: 406
  • 3 vehicles: 113
  • 4 vehicles: 16
  • 5+ vehicles: 11

69% of Grayson County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 36% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 65% lived in Virginia.

Grayson County:

68.9%
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: 5%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 4%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Grayson County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (49.0%)
  • Electricity (31.3%)
  • Wood (13.2%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.9%)
  • Other fuel (0.5%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (44.9%)
  • Electricity (35.0%)
  • Wood (13.7%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (4.1%)
  • No fuel used (1.3%)
  • Coal or coke (0.5%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 33
Here:

2.0%
Virginia:

9.5%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 101
Here:

11.4%
Virginia:

8.2%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 64
Here:

17.5%
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:



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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

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

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Grayson County, VA among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James9871.3 years
William7872.9 years
John7375.6 years
Robert5371.9 years
Mary5378.0 years
Virginia3477.8 years
George3077.4 years
Charles2970.4 years
Thomas2975.8 years
Walter2776.1 years
Most common last names in Grayson County, VA among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Cox7980.9 years
Phipps6178.2 years
Jones5776.9 years
Vaughan5374.7 years
Anders5173.6 years
Funk5076.8 years
Osborne4574.6 years
Hash4176.7 years
Martin3877.3 years
Ward3577.7 years
Businesses in Grayson County, VA
NameCountNameCount
Applebee's1Long John Silver's1
Arby's1Lowe's1
AutoZone1McDonald's1
CVS1Nike2
Curves1Pizza Hut1
Dunkin Donuts1RadioShack1
FedEx2Rite Aid1
GNC1Rodeway Inn1
Goodwill1Rue211
H&R Block1Sears1
Hardee's1Subway3
KFC1Taco Bell1
Kincaid1U-Haul1
Knights Inn1U.S. Cellular3
Kroger1UPS5
La-Z-Boy3Walmart1
Lane Furniture3Wendy's1
Little Caesars Pizza1

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