Essex County, Virginia

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Essex County is a county located in the Middle Peninsula in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population was 9,989. Its county seat is Tappahannock[1].

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History

Essex County was established in 1692 from Rappahannock County. The county is named for either the shire or county in England, or for the Earl of Essex.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 286 square miles (740.7 km2), of which 258 square miles (668.2 km2) is land and 28 square miles (72.5 km2) (9.84%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

National protected area

Demographics


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 9,989 people, 3,995 households, and 2,740 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 4,926 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.96% White, 39.04% Black or African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.81% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 1.28% from two or more races. 0.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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