Grottoes, Virginia

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Grottoes is an incorporated town in Augusta and Rockingham counties in the U.S. state of Virginia. The population was 2,114 at the 2000 census.

The Rockingham County portion of Grottoes is part of the Harrisonburg Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the small portion that extends into Augusta County is part of the StauntonWaynesboro Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Grottoes is home to the Grand Caverns, America's oldest show cave.



Grottoes is located at 38°16′3″N 78°49′30″W / 38.2675°N 78.825°W / 38.2675; -78.825 (38.267385, -78.824868).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,114 people, 861 households, and 593 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,590.4 people per square mile (613.7/km²). There were 894 housing units at an average density of 672.6/sq mi (259.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.94% White, 3.78% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.24% Asian, 0.09% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.51% of the population.

There were 861 households out of which 36.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.2% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.1% were non-families. 27.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.98.

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