Buchanan, Virginia

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Buchanan, Virginia
Town
The Trinity Episcopal Church in Buchanan, Virginia (1842).
Location of Buchanan, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°31′31″N 79°41′0″W / 37.52528°N 79.68333°W / 37.52528; -79.68333Coordinates: 37°31′31″N 79°41′0″W / 37.52528°N 79.68333°W / 37.52528; -79.68333
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyBotetourt
Government
 • MayorTom Middlecamp
Area
 • Total2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 • Land2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation850 ft (259 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,233
 • Density510.1/sq mi (196.9/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code24066
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-10744[1]
GNIS feature ID1492652[2]
Websitewww.townofbuchanan.com
 
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Buchanan, Virginia
Town
The Trinity Episcopal Church in Buchanan, Virginia (1842).
Location of Buchanan, Virginia
Coordinates: 37°31′31″N 79°41′0″W / 37.52528°N 79.68333°W / 37.52528; -79.68333Coordinates: 37°31′31″N 79°41′0″W / 37.52528°N 79.68333°W / 37.52528; -79.68333
CountryUnited States
StateVirginia
CountyBotetourt
Government
 • MayorTom Middlecamp
Area
 • Total2.5 sq mi (6.4 km2)
 • Land2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation850 ft (259 m)
Population (2000)
 • Total1,233
 • Density510.1/sq mi (196.9/km2)
Time zoneEastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST)EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code24066
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-10744[1]
GNIS feature ID1492652[2]
Websitewww.townofbuchanan.com

Buchanan (Pronounced Buh-kan-an) is a town in Botetourt County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,233 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Roanoke Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

The Buchanan Historic District, Greyledge, Lauderdale, Looney Mill Creek Site, and Wilson Warehouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[3]

Geography[edit]

Buchanan is located at 37°31′31″N 79°41′0″W / 37.52528°N 79.68333°W / 37.52528; -79.68333 (37.525177, -79.683405).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.4 km²), of which 2.4 square miles (6.3 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.1 km²) (2.02%) is water.

The swinging bridge across the James River in Buchanan, Virginia. Constructed in 1938, the piers of the bridge were built in 1851.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,233 people, 540 households, and 359 families residing in the town. The population density was 510.1 people per square mile (196.7/km²). There were 579 housing units at an average density of 239.5 per square mile (92.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.84% White, 7.95% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.32% Asian, and 0.81% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.73% of the population.

There were 540 households out of which 25.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.5% were married couples living together, 11.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.5% were non-families. 29.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.28 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.6% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $37,443. Males had a median income of $29,405 versus $20,565 for females. The per capita income for the town was $16,238. About 6.9% of families and 10.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 9.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

Climate[edit]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Buchanan has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[5]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  5. ^ Climate Summary for Buchanan, Virginia

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