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Profiles of Virginia

Drawn from updated government and census statistics, this volume provides detailed demographic and statistical data on all 930 populated places within the state of Virginia, including:

• Demographics on each County & Individual City or Town
• Detailed Data on School Districts
• Hispanic & Asian Population Statistics
• Informative Statistics & Rankings on Ancestry Groups
• Weather Statistics
• Comparative Ranking Charts

About Virginia: Facts & Photos:

This 4-color chapter provides a real sense of the state from a variety of historical and physical vantage points. It includes Virginia history and geography, plus a photo gallery that includes not only sights unique to the state, but also its state flag, seal, motto, bird, flower, and more. This chapter also includes a timeline of political and newsworthy events from Virginia’s founding to the present day.


This chapter is arranged alphabetically by county, then by place—for a total of 930 places and 95 counties. These detailed place profiles compile dozens of data points based on the U.S. Census Bureau’s American Community Survey and other current government sources such as the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the U.S. Department of Education, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency. These unique place profiles pull together statistical and descriptive information on every Census-recognized place in Virginia plus 337 unincorporated communities.

Government: A State Guide:

This is an important and detailed look at the history and structure of Virginia’s government, including discussion of the state’s legislative, judicial and executive branches and various types of local government. The chapter ends with a map of Virginia’s 11 US Congressional Districts.

Demographic Maps:

These 11 colorful, full-page maps help to anchor the researcher to the state’s diverse population, illustrating population, race and ethnic makeup (white, black, Asian, Hispanic), age, home values, household income, high school graduates, college graduates, and presidential election results.


This chapter explores Virginia’s physical features, natural resources, federal land, and Indian reservations, including a satellite view of the state. In addition to providing a visual sense of the state, this data contributes to a better understanding of settlement patterns, economic development, and state resources that are vital for the state’s continued growth.


This is a detailed look at Virginia’s energy needs, uses and available resources—including petroleum, natural gas, coal, electricity and renewable energy. The energy sector is a significant economic driver for the state, and plays a big part in the overall lifestyle of its residents.

Comparative Statistics:

This chapter makes it easy to compare statistics for Virginia’s 100 largest communities by dozens of data points, including density of people per square mile, land area, population size, ethnic percentages, household size, education level and much more. This is a treasure trove of data for grant writers, government researchers and demographers.

Top/Bottom Rankings of Virginia Places with Population over 2,500:

Includes rankings for dozens of categories, for both the top 150 and bottom 150 communities with population over 2,500.


Begins with an Educational State Profile, summarizing number of schools, students, diplomas granted and educational dollars spent. Following the state profile are School District Rankings on 16 topics ranging from Student/Teacher Ratios to High School Drop-Out Rates. Following these rankings are statewide assessment results.

Ancestry and Ethnicity:

Provides a detailed look at the ancestral, Hispanic and racial makeup of Virginia’s 200+ ethnic categories. Profiles are included for the state, for all counties with 100,000 or more residents, and for all places with 50,000 or more residents. In the ranking section, data is displayed three ways: 1) by number, based on all places regardless of population; 2) by percent, based on all places regardless of population; 3) by percent, based on places with populations of 50,000 or more. You will discover, for example, that Bailey’s Crossroads has the greatest number of Macedonians in the state (112), and that 20.6% of the population of Stanardsville are of Ethiopian ancestry.


Includes a State Summary, three colorful maps and profiles of both National and Cooperative Weather Stations. In addition, there are Weather Station Rankings with hundreds of interesting details, such as Burkes Garden reporting the lowest annual extreme minimum temperatures (-26º F).

Three Years of Free Online Access with Print Purchase
Buyers of the sixth edition of Profiles of Virginia get THREE YEARS OF FREE ONLINE ACCESS! The online site offers users immediate access to sortable comparative ranking charts that allow for quick and easy comparisons of all populated places in the state. Plus, online access provides additional data points only available online!

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