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Independence, Virginia

Independence is a town located in Grayson County, Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 971. It is the county seat of Grayson County6.

Geography Independence is located at 36°37'22" North, 81°9'6" West (36.622906, -81.151735)1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.1 km² (2.3 mi²). 6.1 km² (2.3 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 971 people, 426 households, and 226 families residing in the town. The population density is 160.2/km² (415.1/mi²). There are 497 housing units at an average density of 82.0/km² (212.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the town is 90.73% White, 6.80% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 1.24% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 426 households out of which 19.2% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.9% are married couples living together, 8.2% have a female householder with no husband present, and 46.9% are non-families. 44.6% of all households are made up of individuals and 27.5% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 1.98 and the average family size is 2.73.

In the town the population is spread out with 14.4% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 34.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 51 years. For every 100 females there are 81.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $18,264, and the median income for a family is $30,441. Males have a median income of $21,058 versus $16,705 for females. The per capita income for the town is $16,137. 19.5% of the population and 10.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 29.7% are under the age of 18 and 16.2% are 65 or older.

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