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Rockbridge County, Virginia

\nRockbridge County is a county located in the State of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 20,808. Its county seat is Lexington6.


\nAccording to the
U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,557 km² (601 mi²). 1,553 km² (600 mi²) of it is land and 4 km² (1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.22% water.


\nAs of the
census2 of 2000, there are 20,808 people, 8,486 households, and 6,075 families residing in the county. The population density is 13/km² (35/mi²). There are 9,550 housing units at an average density of 6/km² (16/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 95.42% White, 2.97% Black or African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.12% from other races, and 0.78% from two or more races. 0.58% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race. There are 8,486 households out of which 29.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.50% are married couples living together, 9.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 28.40% are non-families. 23.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.90% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 2.84. In the county, the population is spread out with 22.20% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 15.70% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 40 years. For every 100 females there are 100.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 98.00 males. The median income for a household in the county is $36,035, and the median income for a family is $41,324. Males have a median income of $28,217 versus $19,946 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,356. 9.60% of the population and 6.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 9.40% are under the age of 18 and 9.60% are 65 or older.


The independent cities of Buena Vista and Lexington are located within the boundaries of Rockbridge County, but are not a part of the county, despite Lexington's status as the county seat.