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Damascus, Virginia

Damascus is a town located in Washington County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 981.

Geography Damascus is located at 36°38'2" North, 81°47'13" West (36.633933, -81.787034)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 km² (0.9 mi²). 2.2 km² (0.9 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 981 people, 484 households, and 269 families residing in the town. The population density is 445.6/km² (1,157.2/mi²). There are 543 housing units at an average density of 246.7/km² (640.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 96.94% White, 1.63% African American, 0.51% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. 0.20% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 484 households out of which 18.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% are married couples living together, 11.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 44.4% are non-families. 40.9% of all households are made up of individuals and 20.9% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.03 and the average family size is 2.72.

In the town the population is spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 6.2% from 18 to 24, 25.4% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 45 years. For every 100 females there are 86.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $19,886, and the median income for a family is $29,250. Males have a median income of $25,500 versus $18,500 for females. The per capita income for the town is $14,995. 20.0% of the population and 13.2% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 28.3% are under the age of 18 and 16.5% are 65 or older.

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