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Orange County, VA


Orange County, VA

Orange County is a county located in the Commonwealth of Virginia. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 343 square miles (889 km²), of which 342 square miles (885 km²) is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) (0.50%) is water.

Orange County lies on the upper part of the Piedmont Plateau and wholly within the Piedmont physiographic province. In Virginia, this province lies between the Blue Ridge province on the west and the Central Plain on the east. Elevations range from 200 to about 500 feet, with higher areas scattered throughout the County. The Rapidan, North Anna, and Rivanna Rivers supply surface drainage in the County. Within an easy drive are Richmond and Virginia Beach. Orange County adjoins Spotsylvania, Albemarle, Culpeper, Madison, and Louisa counties. Orange County was ranked 63rd in the 100 fastest growing counties with 5,000 or more housing units in 2006.

The area was inhabited for thousands of years by varying cultures of indigenous peoples. At the time of European encounter, the historic Siouan-speaking Manahoac tribe lived in this Piedmont area.

The first European settlement in what was to become Orange County was Germanna, formed when Governor Alexander Spotswood settled 12 immigrant families from Westphalia, Germany there in 1714; a total of 42 people. Settlers established the legal entity of Orange County in 1734 from a portion of Spotsylvania County. Unlike other counties whose boundaries had ended at the Blue Ridge Mountains, Orange was conceived of as extending to the Mississippi River and Great Lakes. The colony of Virginia claimed the land, but very little of it had yet been occupied by any English. For this reason, some contend that Orange County was at one time the largest county that ever existed. This condition lasted only four years; in 1738 most of the western tract was split off into Augusta County.

Orange County was named for Prince William III of Orange, a famous Protestant King of Great Britain and Ireland, by Ulster-Scots settlers in the 18th century. The family name of William of Orange was derived from the dynasty's ancestral origins as feudal lords of the French town of Orange, which was named by the ancient Gauls in honour of a Celtic water deity.

Orange County, VA President James Madison's home, Montpelier, and the ruins of Virginia governor and U.S. Senator James Barbour's former home, Barboursville, are located in the county. Both are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. President Zachary Taylor was born here. During the Civil War, the Battle of the Wilderness took place in the County in May 1864. Portions of the battlefield are preserved as Fredericksburg and Spotsylvania National Military Park, established in 1927.

Orange County, Virginia is rich in natural beauty and cultural heritage. Traditionally, a county with strong commercial ties to agriculture, Orange is also one of the most historic counties in the state. The county was notably the life-long home of James Madison, Father of the United States Constitution, and fourth President of the United States. Amid this historic significance, Orange continues to be a place where commerce and the power of human ingenuity work not only alongside but in the context of our great national heritage.

There are two incorporated towns in the County. The Town of Orange is the County Seat and has a population of 4,123. The Town of Gordonsville has a population of 1,500. Both towns are centrally located in the County. There is also a large, planned community, Lake of the Woods, on the eastern end of the County.
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Households & Income

Orange County, VA There were 10,150 households out of which 29.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.70% were married couples living together, 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.40% were non-families. 22.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.00% under the age of 18, 6.50% from 18 to 24, 27.80% from 25 to 44, 25.60% from 45 to 64, and 17.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 93.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $42,889, and the median income for a family was $48,197. Males had a median income of $31,982 versus $24,209 for females. The per capita income for the county was $21,107. About 7.10% of families and 9.20% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.60% of those under age 18 and 10.80% of those aged 65 or over.
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Crime Rates Compared to National Average

The National Average is designated 1.0 - A value of 2.0 represents twice as much risk while a value of 0.5 represents half as much risk.

Total Crime Risk 0.54
Crime Risk 0.36
Personal Crime Risk 0.34
Murder Crime Risk 0.55
Rape Crime Risk 0.63
Robbery Crime Risk 0.06
Assault Crime Risk 0.47
Property Crime Risk 0.30
Burglary Crime Risk 0.31
Larceny Crime Risk 0.29
Motor Vehicle Theft Risk 0.19
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Climate

Average July High Temperature 86.2 °F
Average January Low Temperature 23.8 °F
Annual Precipitation 44.6 inches
Air Pollution Index 86% of National Average
Orange County, VA If you're looking for a change in lifestyle, relocating to Orange County just might be the right choice. A quiet rural community with great agricultural benefits offers sceneries ranging from steep and rolling hills in the northern part of the County to fairly level land in the southern portion. Choose to live and play at any of the elevations ranging between 200 and 1,200 feet above sea level.

The economy is one of the region's most diverse, led by agribusiness, manufacturing and commercial/retail services. With over 400 active farms averaging 243 acres each and 20 manufacturing companies employing 1900, Orange County's economic base generates annual payrolls in excess of $130,000,000. Tourism is also an important and growing industry bringing many visitors to the county.

This breathtaking countryside is filled with attractions for visitors – quaint antique boutiques, historical remains, churches and houses reminiscent of early architecture, historic battlefields, museums, orchards and wineries. In the downtown area you'll find pleasing shops and restaurants as well as historic buildings and structures. Strategically located with a varied economy and small town feel make this town ideal for living and working, as well as a smart real estate investment.