Gate City, Virginia

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Gate City is a town in Scott County, Virginia, United States. The population was 2,159 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Scott County[3].

Gate City is part of the KingsportBristol (TN)Bristol (VA) Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is a component of the Johnson City–Kingsport–Bristol, TN-VA Combined Statistical Area – commonly known as the "Tri-Cities" region.

Some scenes from The River were shot here.



Location and Topography

Gate City is a small town tucked against a huge mountain. VDOT plans for a large portion of the mountain at Moccasin Gap to be shorn away.[citation needed]


Gate City is located at 36°38′18″N 82°34′50″W / 36.63833°N 82.58056°W / 36.63833; -82.58056 (36.638325, -82.580659)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.97%) is water.

The town has expanded its boundaries since the census via a boundary adjustment agreement with the county.

Gate City is located on U.S. Routes 23 and 421 near the Tennessee state line.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,159 people, 984 households, and 604 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,058.8 people per square mile (408.6/km²). There were 1,119 housing units at an average density of 548.8/sq mi (211.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.69% White, 3.80% African American, 0.09% Native American, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.

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