Pittsylvania County, Virginia Article

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Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Chatham, Virginia (8597834802) (2).jpg
Pittsylvania County Courthouse
Seal of Pittsylvania County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Pittsylvania County
Location in the U.S. state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded1767
Named for William Pitt
Seat Chatham
Largest town Hurt
Area
 • Total978 sq mi (2,533 km2)
 • Land969 sq mi (2,510 km2)
 • Water9 sq mi (23 km2), 0.9%
Population (est.)
 • ( 2015)62,194
 • Density64/sq mi (25/km2)
Congressional district 5th
Time zone Eastern: UTC−5/ −4
Website www.pittsylvaniacountyva.gov

Pittsylvania County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 63,506. [1] Its county seat is Chatham. [2]

Pittsylvania County is included in the Danville, VA Micropolitan Statistical Area. [3]

The largest undeveloped uranium deposit in the United States (7th largest in the world) is located in Pittsylvania County [4] (see Uranium mining in Virginia.)

History

Main Street, Chatham, Pittsylvania County, circa 1922

Originally "Pittsylvania" was a name suggested for an unrealized British colony to be located primarily in what is now West Virginia. Pittsylvania County would not have been within this proposed colony, subsequently known as Vandalia.

The county was formed in 1767 from Halifax County. It was named for William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham, who served as Prime Minister of Great Britain from 1766 to 1768 and opposed harsh colonial policies.

In 1777 the western part of Pittsylvania County became Patrick Henry County.

Maud Clement's History of Pittsylvania County notes the following: "Despite the settlers' intentions, towns failed to develop for two reasons: the generally low level of economic activity in the area and the competition from plantation settlements already providing the kind of marketing and purchasing services typically offered by a town. Plantation settlements along the rivers, particularly at ferrying points, became commercial centers. The most important for early Pittsylvania was that of Sam Pannill, a Scots-Irishman, who at the end of the eighteenth century, while still a young man, set up a plantation town at Green Hill on the north side of the Staunton River in Campbell County. (Clement 15)"

Its economy was tobacco-dominated and reliant on a growing slave labor force. It was a county without towns or a commercial center. Plantation villages on the major river thoroughfares were the only centers of trade, until the emergence of Danville. (Clement 23)"

The city of Danville's history up through the antebellum period overall is an expression of the relationship between the town and the planters who influenced its development.

Geography

Loading hay, Blairs, Pittsylvania County, 1939. Marion Post Wolcott

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 978 square miles (2,530 km2), of which 969 square miles (2,510 km2) is land and 9 square miles (23 km2) (0.9%) is water. [5] It is the largest county in Virginia by land area and second-largest by total area. The county is bounded on the north by the Roanoke River ( Staunton River), intersected by the Banister River through the center, and drained by the Dan River on the south. [6]

Districts

The county is divided into seven districts:

  • Banister
  • Callands-Gretna
  • Chatham-Blairs
  • Dan River
  • Staunton River
  • Tunstall
  • Westover

Adjacent counties and cities

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
179011,579
180012,6979.7%
181017,17235.2%
182021,32324.2%
183026,03422.1%
184026,3981.4%
185028,7969.1%
186032,10411.5%
187031,343−2.4%
188052,58967.8%
189059,94114.0%
190046,894−21.8%
191050,7098.1%
192056,49311.4%
193061,4248.7%
194061,6970.4%
195066,0967.1%
196058,296−11.8%
197058,7890.8%
198066,14712.5%
199055,655−15.9%
200061,74510.9%
201063,5062.9%
Est. 201661,687 [7]−2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
1790-1960 [9] 1900-1990 [10]
1990-2000 [11] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the census [12] of 2000, there were 61,745 people, 24,684 households, and 18,216 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 28,011 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 75.00% White, 23.66% Black or African American, 0.14% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.63% from two or more races. 1.23% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 24,684 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 11.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.20% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.49 and the average family size was 2.93.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $35,153, and the median income for a family was $41,175. Males had a median income of $30,105 versus $21,382 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,991. About 8.60% of families and 11.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.80% of those under age 18 and 16.60% of those age 65 or over.

Government

Pittsylvania County is governed by an elected seven-member Board of Supervisors. Management of the County is vested in a Board-appointed County Administrator.

Pittsylvania County Board of Supervisors [13]
Name Party First Election District
  Bob Warren (Chair) Rep 2015 Chatham-Blairs
  Ronald Scearce (Vice Chair) Ind 2015 Westover
  Tim Barber Ind 2003 Tunstall
  Elton Blackstock Ind 2014 Staunton River
  Joe Davis Rep 2015 Dan River
  Ben Farmer Ind 2017 Callands-Gretna
  Charles Miller Ind 2017 Banister

There are also five elected Constitutional Officers:

  • Clerk of the Circuit Court: Mark Scarce (I)
  • Commonwealth's Attorney: Bryan Haskins (R)
  • Sheriff: Mike Taylor (I)
  • Commissioner of Revenue: Shirley Yeatts Hammock (I)
  • Treasurer: Vincent Shorter (I)
Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 68.2% 21,554 29.1% 9,199 2.7% 845
2012 62.8% 19,263 35.4% 10,858 1.8% 560
2008 61.6% 18,730 37.5% 11,415 1.0% 288
2004 64.5% 17,673 33.8% 9,274 1.7% 470
2000 65.0% 15,760 32.3% 7,834 2.7% 661
1996 55.9% 12,127 35.4% 7,681 8.8% 1,906
1992 52.4% 11,467 35.1% 7,675 12.6% 2,752
1988 63.7% 12,229 34.4% 6,612 1.9% 360
1984 66.1% 15,743 32.7% 7,791 1.2% 290
1980 59.3% 12,022 37.7% 7,653 3.0% 605
1976 51.2% 9,173 44.3% 7,929 4.5% 811
1972 72.3% 12,108 26.5% 4,429 1.2% 200
1968 25.6% 5,096 27.3% 5,427 47.1% 9,367
1964 57.5% 7,120 42.3% 5,228 0.2% 25
1960 47.6% 3,788 51.4% 4,089 1.0% 77
1956 36.8% 2,870 53.1% 4,136 10.1% 788
1952 41.9% 2,893 57.6% 3,976 0.5% 31
1948 20.5% 1,164 55.6% 3,149 23.9% 1,353
1944 25.9% 1,224 73.9% 3,492 0.2% 8
1940 16.3% 728 83.3% 3,710 0.4% 17
1936 13.1% 556 86.8% 3,694 0.1% 5
1932 17.1% 656 81.4% 3,124 1.6% 60
1928 60.6% 2,598 39.4% 1,688
1924 24.8% 880 72.1% 2,563 3.2% 113
1920 29.8% 1,162 69.7% 2,715 0.5% 19
1916 28.1% 801 70.5% 2,012 1.4% 40
1912 21.7% 527 64.2% 1,558 14.1% 341

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Unincorporated neighborhoods within incorporated towns

  • Chatham
    • Whittletown
    • Woodlawn
    • Woodlawn Heights

See also

References

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on July 17, 2011. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. ^ "Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" (PDF). Office Of Management and Budget. February 28, 2013. Retrieved February 8, 2015.
  4. ^ Shulz, Max (2008, July 26). Virginia Is Sitting on the Energy Mother Lode. The Wall Street Journal. Accessed 27 July 2008.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ Wikisource Ripley, George; Dana, Charles A., eds. (1879). " Pittsylvania". The American Cyclopædia.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 4, 2014.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
  13. ^ "Board of Supervisors - Pittsylvania County, VA - Official Website". www.pittsylvaniacountyva.gov. Retrieved 2 April 2018.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2 April 2018.

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PITTSYLVANIA COUNTY VIRGINIA Latitude and Longitude:

36°49′N 79°24′W / 36.82°N 79.40°W / 36.82; -79.40