Pennington Gap, Virginia

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Pennington Gap is the most populous town in Lee County, Virginia, United States. The population was 1,781 at the 2000 census.

The Lee Regional Medical Center is in Pennington Gap, and the United States Penitentiary, Lee is nearby.



Pennington Gap is located at 36°45′24″N 83°1′46″W / 36.75667°N 83.02944°W / 36.75667; -83.02944 (36.756580, -83.029375)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²), all of it land.

Pennington Gap is located at the junction of US Route 58 and US Route 421.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,781 people, 811 households, and 480 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,174.0 people per square mile (452.4/km²). There were 950 housing units at an average density of 626.2/sq mi (241.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.28% White, 3.43% African American, 0.39% Native American, 0.28% Asian, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 811 households out of which 22.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 40.8% were non-families. 37.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.5% under the age of 18, 7.2% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 25.3% from 45 to 64, and 21.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 81.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,056, and the median income for a family was $27,875. Males had a median income of $27,885 versus $18,625 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,742. About 28.3% of families and 31.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.0% of those under age 18 and 24.7% of those age 65 or over.

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