Bassett, Virginia

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Bassett is a census-designated place (CDP) in Henry County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,338 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Martinsville Micropolitan Statistical Area. The town was founded along a rail line by the same family that later started Bassett Furniture. Bassett Furniture's headquarters have remained in Bassett, Va., since it began in 1902. A few miles outside of Bassett is Billy's Flea Market, which is home to frequent traditional music and dance shows in the traditions of the Blue Ridge area, as well as an annual Jamboree [3].

Bassett's Riverside Park was home to the "Furniture Makers" in the 1939-1940 Bi-State League during the 1939-1940 seasons.[citation needed]



Bassett is located at 36°45′36″N 79°59′12″W / 36.76°N 79.98667°W / 36.76; -79.98667 (36.759905, -79.986763)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,338 people, 530 households, and 338 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 379.5 people per square mile (146.3/km²). There were 601 housing units at an average density of 170.5/sq mi (65.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 72.94% White, 24.14% African American, 0.07% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 1.79% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.93% of the population.

There were 530 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.4% were married couples living together, 13.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.2% were non-families. 32.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.93.

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