Mecklenburg County, Virginia

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Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Mecklenburg County Courthouse.JPG
Mecklenburg County Courthouse
Seal of Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Mecklenburg County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded1765
Named forCharlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
SeatBoydton
Largest townSouth Hill
Area
 • Total679 sq mi (1,759 km2)
 • Land625 sq mi (1,619 km2)
 • Water54 sq mi (140 km2), 7.9%
Population
 • (2010)32,727
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.mecklenburgva.com
 
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Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Mecklenburg County Courthouse.JPG
Mecklenburg County Courthouse
Seal of Mecklenburg County, Virginia
Seal
Map of Virginia highlighting Mecklenburg County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded1765
Named forCharlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
SeatBoydton
Largest townSouth Hill
Area
 • Total679 sq mi (1,759 km2)
 • Land625 sq mi (1,619 km2)
 • Water54 sq mi (140 km2), 7.9%
Population
 • (2010)32,727
 • Density52/sq mi (20/km²)
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.mecklenburgva.com
Queen Charlotte

Mecklenburg County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 32,727.[1] Its county seat is Boydton.[2]

History[edit]

Mecklenburg County was established in 1765 from Lunenburg County. It was named after Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz.

Government[edit]

Mecklenburg County is governed by a 9-member Board of Supervisors. They serve as the legislating and policy body for the county enacting laws, ordinances, and taxes . They appoint a County Administrator to conduct day-to-day operations. H. Wayne Carter, III is the current County Administrator, Judy P. Sheffield is the current Assistant County Administrator.

The board members are:

Constitutional officers[edit]

Under the Virginia Constitution, each county and city within the state must install Constitutional Officers. Counties under the Traditional Form of Government must install all five officers. The majority of Virginia counties operate under the Traditional Form. Counties with the County Executive Form, Urban County Executive, or County Manager Plan of Government usually install just three (Clerk, Commonwealth Attorney, and Sheriff) opting for a Director of Finance appointed by the Board to take the place of the Commissioner of Revenue and Treasurer. Examples are (Fairfax, Henrico and Prince William Counties). These officers are heads of their respective departments. They consist of:

Officers[edit]

Education[edit]

The county's education department is called the Mecklenburg County Public Schools. It is currently managed by the Board of Education. It seats Dr. James Thornton as the County Schools Superintendent.

Government and infrastructure[edit]

County departments and department heads[edit]

Listed below are the County facilities, the department housed in that facility and its head.

State representation[edit]

The Virginia Department of Corrections operates the Mecklenburg Correctional Center in unincorporated Mecklenburg County, near Boydton.[3] On August 3, 1998, the male death row moved to its current location, the Sussex I State Prison, from the Mecklenburg Correctional Center.[4]

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 679 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 625 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 54 square miles (140 km2) (7.9%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
179014,733
180017,00815.4%
181018,4538.5%
182019,7867.2%
183020,4773.5%
184020,7241.2%
185020,630−0.5%
186020,096−2.6%
187021,3186.1%
188024,61015.4%
189025,3593.0%
190026,5514.7%
191028,9569.1%
192031,2087.8%
193032,6224.5%
194031,933−2.1%
195033,4974.9%
196031,428−6.2%
197029,426−6.4%
198029,4440.1%
199029,241−0.7%
200032,28010.4%
201032,7271.4%
Est. 201231,749−3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2012[1]

As of the census[10] of 2010, there were 32,727 people, 12,951 households, and 8,962 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km²). There were 17,403 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.24% White, 39.08% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,951 households out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.60% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,380, and the median income for a family was $37,752. Males had a median income of $26,852 versus $19,609 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,171. About 11.60% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.60% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Unincorporated communities[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "Mecklenburg Correctional Center (male classification/intake institution)." Virginia Department of Corrections. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.
  4. ^ "Virginia Death Row/Execution Facts." My FOX DC. Tuesday November 10, 2009. Retrieved on August 22, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014. 
  10. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14. 

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Coordinates: 36°41′N 78°22′W / 36.68°N 78.37°W / 36.68; -78.37