Norton, Virginia

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Norton is an independent city within the confines of Wise County in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 3,904, making it the smallest city in the state by population. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Norton with surrounding Wise County for statistical purposes.



Mayor: William Mays

Sheriff: Carlos Noaks

City Manager: E.W. Ward

Commissioner of the Revenue: Judy Miller

Treasurer: Barbara Muir.

Clerk of the Court Jack Kennedy, Jr.



Norton is located at 36°56′12″N 82°37′31″W / 36.936805°N 82.625146°W / 36.936805; -82.625146[3], along the Powell and Guest Rivers.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.5 square miles (19.5 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,904 people, 1,730 households, and 1,067 families residing in the city. The population density was 518.5 people per square mile (200.2/km²). There were 1,946 housing units at an average density of 258.4/sq mi (99.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 91.57% White, 6.15% African American, 0.08% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.13% Pacific Islander, 0.18% from other races, and 0.90% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.87% of the population.

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