Greene County, Virginia

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Greene County is a county in central Virginia in the eastern United States. As of 2000, the population was 15,244. Its county seat is Stanardsville[1].

Greene County is part of the Charlottesville Metropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

Greene County was established in 1838 from Orange County. The county is named for American Revolutionary War hero Nathanael Greene.

A major incident occurred on October 24, 1979, when a natural gas main ruptured, causing an explosion. The resulting fire destroyed the bell tower of the county courthouse and county office building. However, quick action by the firemen on the scene saved the county records which were secured in the vault.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 157 square miles (406.6 km2), of which 0.25% is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected areas

Demographics


As of the census[2] of 2000, there are 15,244 people, 5,574 households, and 4,291 families residing in the county. The population density is 97 people per square mile (38/km²). There are 5,986 housing units at an average density of 38 per square mile (15/km²). The racial makeup of the county is 90.99% White, 6.45% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.45% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.64% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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