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Henrico County, Virginia

Henrico County is a county located in the state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 262,300. Its county seat is Richmond6, though Richmond is an independent city and not actually located in Henrico County. It is located in the Richmond-Petersburg region and is a portion of the Richmond Metropolitan Statistical Area (MSA).

The land within Henrico County encompasses Richmond's West End as well as it's "North Side."


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Census-designated places

No new municipalities can now be created within Henrico County. There are no existing incorporated towns. It has become the third Virginia county (after Arlington and Fairfax Counties) to be affected by a state law that prohibits the creation of any new towns or cities within the boundaries of a county with a population density of 1,000 or more per square mile.

Transportation

Henrico County is one of only two counties in Virginia which maintain their own roads, the other being Arlington County. This special status was due to the existence of county highway departments prior to the creation of the state agency which is now VDOT in 1927, and the assumption of local roads by that agency in 1932. The control of the roads system is considered a powerful advantage for community urban planners, who can require developers to contribute to funding needed for road needs serving their projects.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 634 km² (245 mi²). 617 km² (238 mi²) of it is land and 17 km² (7 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 2.67% water.

Demographics

As of the census2 of 2000, there are 262,300 people, 108,121 households, and 69,846 families residing in the county. The population density is 425/km² (1,102/mi²). There are 112,570 housing units at an average density of 183/km² (473/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 68.91% White, 24.71% Black or African American, 0.35% Native American, 3.60% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.98% from other races, and 1.42% from two or more races. 2.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 108,121 households out of which 31.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.30% are married couples living together, 13.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 35.40% are non-families. 28.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.50% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.39 and the average family size is 2.97.

In the county, the population is spread out with 24.70% under the age of 18, 7.80% from 18 to 24, 32.90% from 25 to 44, 22.20% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 88.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $49,185, and the median income for a family is $59,298. Males have a median income of $40,203 versus $29,795 for females. The per capita income for the county is $26,410. 6.20% of the population and 4.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 8.10% of those under the age of 18 and 4.50% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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