King and Queen County, Virginia
|King and Queen County, Virginia|
King and Queen County Courthouse
Location in the U.S. state of Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
|Named for||William III and Mary II of England|
|Seat||King and Queen Court House|
|• Total||326 sq mi (844 km2)|
|• Land||315 sq mi (816 km2)|
|• Water||11 sq mi (28 km2), 3.4%|
|• Density||21/sq mi (8/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
King and Queen County is a county located in the Middle Peninsula and is included in the Richmond, VA metropolitan area. As of the 2010 census, the population was 6,945. Its county seat is King and Queen Court House.
King and Queen County was established in 1691 from New Kent County. The county is named for King William III and Queen Mary II of England. King and Queen County is notable as one of the few counties in the United States of America to have recorded a larger population in the 1790 census than in the 2000 one.
Among the earliest settlers of King and Queen County was Roger Shackelford, an emigrant from Old Alresford, Hampshire, England, after which the village of Shacklefords, Virginia, in King and Queen County is named. Shackelford's descendants continued to live in the county, and by the nineteenth century had intermarried with the Taliaferro, Beverley, Thornton and Sears families, among others.
For many years, county publications noted that the county lacked any traffic lights. This is now no longer the case, as a traffic light has been installed on U.S. Route 360 at St. Stephen's Church.
The county contains no incorporated towns and is among the more rustic of the counties of Virginia.
- Caroline County - north
- Essex County - northeast
- Middlesex County - east
- Gloucester County - southeast
- James City County - south
- New Kent County - southwest
- King William County - west
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 6,630 people, 2,673 households, and 1,897 families residing in the county. The population density was 21 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 3,010 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.22% White, 35.67% Black or African American, 1.42% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.15% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. 0.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,673 households out of which 26.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.60% were married couples living together, 13.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.00% were non-families. 24.60% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.
In the county, the population was spread out with 22.70% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 26.80% from 25 to 44, 27.00% from 45 to 64, and 16.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 95.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,941, and the median income for a family was $40,563. Males had a median income of $33,217 versus $21,753 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,236. 10.90% of the population and 7.80% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 8.10% are under the age of 18 and 14.80% are 65 or older.
Board of Supervisors
Buena Vista District: James M. Milby, Jr. (I)
Newtown District: Sherrin C. Alsop (I)
Shanghai District: R.F. "Rusty" Bailey, Jr. (I)
St. Stephens Church District: James Lawrence Simpkins (I)
Stevensville District: Doris H. Morris (I)
Clerk of the Circuit Court: Deborah F. Longest (I)
Commissioner of the Revenue: Helen H. Longest (I)
Commonwealth's Attorney: Charles E. Adkins (I)
Sheriff: John R. Charboneau
Treasurer: Irene B. Longest
King and Queen is represented by Republican Thomas K. "Tommy" Norment in the Virginia Senate, Republican M. Keith Hodges in the Virginia House of Delegates, and Republican Robert J. "Rob" Wittman in the U.S. House of Representatives.
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||Caroline County||Essex County|
|King William County||Middlesex County|
|New Kent County||James City County||Gloucester County|
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