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Mecklenburg County, Virginia

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Mecklenburg County
Mecklenburg County Courthouse
Official seal of Mecklenburg County
Map of Virginia highlighting Mecklenburg County
Location within the U.S. state of Virginia
Map of the United States highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°41′N 78°22′W / 36.68°N 78.37°W / 36.68; -78.37
Country United States
State Virginia
Founded1765
Named forCharlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz
SeatBoydton
Largest townSouth Hill
Area
 • Total679 sq mi (1,760 km2)
 • Land625 sq mi (1,620 km2)
 • Water54 sq mi (140 km2)  7.9%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total30,319
 • Density45/sq mi (17/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th
Websitewww.mecklenburgva.com
Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, the county's namesake
Queen Charlotte of Mecklenburg, the county's namesake

Mecklenburg County is a county in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2010 census, the population was 30,319.[1] Its county seat is Boydton.[2]

History

Mecklenburg County was organized on March 1, 1765, having split from Lunenburg County in 1764 as the result of the passage of an act by the Virginia General Assembly. Due to new settlement and population increases in the area, the legislature divided Lunenburg into three counties: Lunenburg, Charlotte County, and Mecklenburg.[3] It was named after Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz,[4] a British queen of German origin.

The first county government consisted of 13 members: Robert Munford, Richard Witton, John Speed, Henry Delony, Edmund Taylor, Benjamin Baird, John Camp, Thomas Erskine, John Potter, John Cox, Thomas Anderson, John Speed, Jr., and Samuel Hopkins, with Benjamin Baird acting as the first mayor.[3]

Government

Mecklenburg County is governed by a nine-member Board of Supervisors, each elected from a single-member district. They serve as the county's legislative and policy body, enacting laws, ordinances, and taxes. They appoint a county administrator to conduct day-to-day operations. H. Wayne Carter, III is the current county administrator and Judy P. Sheffield is the current assistant county administrator.

The board members are:[5]

  • District 1 - Andy R. Hargrove
  • District 2 - Glanzy M. Spain, Jr.―Vice Chairman
  • District 3 - Tom Tanner
  • District 4 - Claudia H. Lundy
  • District 5 - Glenn E. Barbour—Chairman
  • District 6 - Sterling Wilkinson
  • District 7 - James D. Jennings
  • District 8 - David A. Brankley
  • District 9 - Charles Jones

Constitutional officers

Under the Virginia Constitution, each county and city in the state must install constitutional officers. Counties under the Traditional Form of Government must install all five officers. The majority of Virginia counties operate under the Traditional Form. Counties with the County Executive Form, Urban County Executive, or County Manager Plan of Government usually install just three (Clerk, Commonwealth Attorney, and Sheriff), opting for a Director of Finance appointed by the Board to take the place of the Commissioner of Revenue and Treasurer. Examples are Fairfax, Henrico and Prince William Counties. These officers are heads of their respective departments. They consist of:

  • Clerk of Circuit Court - responsible for all circuit court records civil and criminal, along with all deeds, wills, plats and other records.
  • Commonwealth's Attorney - responsible to represent the Commonwealth of Virginia in Mecklenburg County Court in all cases, chief prosecuting officer for their jurisdiction.
  • Commissioner of Revenue - chief assessor of all real estate and personal property within the county, recommends a tax rate to the Board of Supervisors and maintains accurate real estate records for the Land Book.
  • Treasurer - manages all finances within the county, helps prepare the budget for submission to the Board, and is responsible for the collection of all taxes.
  • Sheriff - Chief law enforcement officer for their jurisdiction.

Officers

  • Clerk of Court - Michelle Gordon
  • Commonwealth Attorney - Allen Nash
  • Commissioner of Revenue - Joseph E. (Ed) Taylor
  • Treasurer - Sandra P. Langford
  • Sheriff - Robert (Bobby) Hawkins

Education

The county's education department is the Mecklenburg County Public Schools. It is managed by the Board of Education. Paul Nichols is the County Schools Superintendent.

Government and infrastructure

County departments and department heads

Listed below are the County facilities, the department housed in that facility and its head.

  • Goode Bank Building
    • Board of Supervisors (See Supervisor's List Above)
    • County Administrator's Office- H. Wayne Carter, III (Administrator)
    • Economic Development Director's Office- Angela D. Kellett (Director)
    • Tourism Office- Jacob P. Bower (Coordinator)
    • Building Inspector's Office- Eddie Harris (Chief Inspector)
    • Zoning Administrator's Office- Robert L. Hendrick (Zoning Administrator)
    • Animal Warden's Office- Doug Blanton (Animal Warden)
    • Information Technology Department (IT) - Alex Wells (IT Specialist)
  • Courthouse
    • Circuit Court-Leslie M. Osborn (Judge)
    • Circuit Court Clerk's Office- Michelle Gordon (Clerk)
    • Commonwealth Attorney's Office- J. Miller (Commonwealth's Attorney)
  • Mark I. Burnett Building
    • Commissioner of Revenue's Office- Joseph E. Taylor (Commissioner)
      • Real Estate Department- Lisa C. Wagstaff (Chief Deputy Commissioner/Real Estate Assessor)
      • Personal Property Department- Joseph E. Taylor (Commissioner)
    • Treasurer's Office- Sandra P. Langford (Treasurer)
    • VPI Extension Office- C. Taylor Clarke (Unit Coordinator/ANR Extension Agent)
  • Hudgins Court Facility
    • Social Services- Sandra S. Gregory (Director)
    • General District Court- Charles Warren (Judge)
      • General District Clerk's Office- Tammy T. Taylor (Clerk)
    • Juvenile & Domestic Court- M. Rand (Judge), S. Anderson Nelson (Judge)
      • J&D Court Clerk's Office- Rebecca D. Inge (Clerk)
      • J&D Court Service Unit
    • Sheriff's Office- R.W. (Bobby) Hawkins (Sheriff)
  • 911 Center
    • 911 Emergency Communications Office and Dispatch- Ben Duncan (Director)
  • Jail
    • Jail Division of the Sheriff's Office- Roosevelt Terry (Jail Captain)
  • Post Office Building
    • Piedmont Court Services- Jackie T. Boxley (Director)
  • White Building
    • Voter Registrar- Jason Corwin (General Registrar)

Politics

United States presidential election results for Mecklenburg County, Virginia[6]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 9,266 57.18% 6,803 41.98% 135 0.83%
2016 8,288 55.46% 6,285 42.05% 372 2.49%
2012 7,973 52.88% 6,921 45.90% 183 1.21%
2008 7,817 51.83% 7,127 47.26% 138 0.91%
2004 7,319 57.27% 5,293 41.42% 168 1.31%
2000 6,600 56.63% 4,797 41.16% 257 2.21%
1996 4,933 48.00% 4,408 42.89% 937 9.12%
1992 5,401 49.23% 4,273 38.95% 1,296 11.81%
1988 5,887 63.45% 3,275 35.30% 116 1.25%
1984 6,777 65.69% 3,438 33.33% 101 0.98%
1980 4,853 54.45% 3,790 42.52% 270 3.03%
1976 4,423 50.44% 4,076 46.48% 270 3.08%
1972 6,381 68.55% 2,804 30.12% 124 1.33%
1968 2,750 29.01% 2,667 28.14% 4,061 42.85%
1964 4,976 60.48% 3,238 39.36% 13 0.16%
1960 1,936 42.70% 2,533 55.87% 65 1.43%
1956 1,498 33.78% 2,004 45.20% 932 21.02%
1952 1,891 42.46% 2,525 56.69% 38 0.85%
1948 513 16.80% 2,117 69.34% 423 13.86%
1944 430 14.38% 2,561 85.62% 0 0.00%
1940 308 11.35% 2,402 88.54% 3 0.11%
1936 202 6.88% 2,730 93.05% 2 0.07%
1932 275 11.10% 2,188 88.30% 15 0.61%
1928 784 30.91% 1,752 69.09% 0 0.00%
1924 286 14.62% 1,649 84.30% 21 1.07%
1920 264 13.97% 1,619 85.66% 7 0.37%
1916 222 14.38% 1,317 85.30% 5 0.32%
1912 191 14.39% 1,039 78.30% 97 7.31%


Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has an area of 679 square miles (1,760 km2), of which 625 square miles (1,620 km2) is land and 54 square miles (140 km2) (7.9%) is water.[7]

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
179014,733
180017,00815.4%
181018,4538.5%
182019,7867.2%
183020,4773.5%
184020,7241.2%
185020,630−0.5%
186020,096−2.6%
187021,3186.1%
188024,61015.4%
189025,3593.0%
190026,5514.7%
191028,9569.1%
192031,2087.8%
193032,6224.5%
194031,933−2.1%
195033,4974.9%
196031,428−6.2%
197029,426−6.4%
198029,4440.1%
199029,241−0.7%
200032,28010.4%
201032,7271.4%
202030,319−7.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790-1960[9] 1900-1990[10]
1990-2000[11] 2010[12] 2020[13]

2020 census

Mecklenburg County, Virginia - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[12] Pop 2020[13] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 19,215 17,864 58.71% 58.92%
Black or African American alone (NH) 11,958 10,364 36.54% 34.18%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 73 73 0.22% 0.24%
Asian alone (NH) 213 205 0.65% 0.68%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 10 0 0.03% 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 22 110 0.07% 0.36%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 430 882 1.31% 2.91%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 806 821 2.46% 2.71%
Total 32,727 30,319 100.00% 100.00%

Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos can be of any race.

2010 Census

As of the census[14] of 2010, there were 32,727 people, 12,951 households, and 8,962 families residing in the county. The population density was 52 people per square mile (20/km2). There were 17,403 housing units at an average density of 28 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 59.24% White, 39.08% Black or African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.48% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. 1.21% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,951 households, out of which 26.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.00% were married couples living together, 14.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.20% of all households were made up of individuals, and 13.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.60% under the age of 18, 7.20% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 26.00% from 45 to 64, and 17.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 97.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,380, and the median income for a family was $37,752. Males had a median income of $26,852 versus $19,609 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,171. About 11.60% of families and 15.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.60% of those under age 18 and 17.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

See also

References

  1. ^ "Mecklenburg County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ a b Bracey, S. (1977). Life by the Roaring Roanoke, Whittet and Shepperson.
  4. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 204.
  5. ^ "Board of Supervisors | Mecklenburg County, VA".
  6. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved December 9, 2020.
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved April 23, 2011.
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing from 1790-2000". US Census Bureau. Retrieved January 24, 2022.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  10. ^ "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 3, 2014.
  12. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2010: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Mecklenburg County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau.
  13. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Mecklenburg County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 14, 2011.

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