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Covington, Virginia

Covington is an independent city within the confines of Alleghany County in the state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 6,303. It is the county seat of Alleghany County6.

Its economy is dominated by MeadWestvaco, which operates a large paper mill in the city.


\nAccording to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 14.7 km² (5.7 mi²). None of the area is covered with water.


\nAs of the
census of 2000, there are 6,303 people, 2,835 households, and 1,740 families residing in the city. The population density is 429.2/km² (1,111.3/mi²). There are 3,195 housing units at an average density of 217.6/km² (563.3/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 84.06% White, 13.14% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.65% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.21% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 2,835 households out of which 23.7% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% are married couples living together, 12.5% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% are non-families. 34.0% of all households are made up of individuals and 16.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.22 and the average family size is 2.83. In the city the population is spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.1 males. The median income for a household in the city is $30,325, and the median income for a family is $36,640. Males have a median income of $30,755 versus $20,316 for females. The per capita income for the city is $16,758. 12.9% of the population and 10.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.1% are under the age of 18 and 9.1% are 65 or older.