Greensville County, Virginia

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Greensville County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 11,560. Its county seat is Emporia[1].



Greensville County was established in 1781 from Brunswick County. The county is probably named for Sir Richard Grenville, leader of the settlement on Roanoke Island, 1585. There is also belief that it may be named after Nathaniel Greene, a Major General of the Continental Army and one of George Washington's brightest officers.The county is also home to the area known as Washington Park.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 297 square miles (769.2 km2), of which 295 square miles (764.0 km2) is land and 1 square mile (2.6 km2) (0.46%) is water.

The Meherrin River forms the boundary between Greensville County and Southampton County.

Adjacent counties / independent city


As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 11,560 people, 3,375 households, and 2,396 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 3,765 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 38.94% White, 59.75% Black or African American, 0.10% Native American, 0.40% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.32% from two or more races. 0.93% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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