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Buena Vista, Virginia

Buena Vista is an independent city located within the confines of Rockbridge County in the state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,349.


According to the
United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.7 km² (6.8 mi²). None of the area is covered with water.


As of the census of 2000, there are 6,349 people, 2,547 households, and 1,749 families residing in the city. The population density is 358.9/km² (929.5/mi²). There are 2,716 housing units at an average density of 153.5/km² (397.6/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 93.56% White, 4.80% African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.08% from other races, and 0.82% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 2,547 households out of which 30.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 49.5% are married couples living together, 14.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 31.3% are non-families. 27.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 13.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.38 and the average family size is 2.87.

In the city the population is spread out with 22.5% under the age of 18, 10.6% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 38 years. For every 100 females there are 86.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $32,410, and the median income for a family is $39,449. Males have a median income of $28,921 versus $21,029 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,377. 10.4% of the population and 8.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 14.3% are under the age of 18 and 10.1% are 65 or older.