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Country United States
State Virginia
County None (Independent city)
Government
 • Mayor Thomas H. Sibold, Jr.
Area[1]
 • Total 5.67 sq mi (14.69 km2)
 • Land 5.47 sq mi (14.16 km2)
 • Water 0.20 sq mi (0.52 km2)
Elevation 1,250 ft (381 m)
Population (2020)
 • Total 5,737
 • Density 1,000/sq mi (390/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24426
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-19728[2]
GNIS feature ID 1498470[3]
Website covington.va.us

Covington is an independent city in the Commonwealth of Virginia. As of the 2020 census, the population was 5,737,[4] making it the second-least populous city in Virginia. It is surrounded by Alleghany County, of which it is also the county seat.[5] Located at the confluence of Jackson River and Dunlap Creek, Covington is one of three cities (with Roanoke and Salem) in the Roanoke Regional Partnership.[6] The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Covington with Alleghany county for statistical purposes.

History[]

Covington is named in honor of General Leonard Covington, hero of the War of 1812 and friend of James Madison and Thomas Jefferson.[7]

Geography[]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles (14.8 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14.2 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.5 km2) (3.6%) is water.[8] The city lies along both sides of the Jackson River.

Climate[]

The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Covington has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[9]

Climate data for Covington Filter Plant, Virginia (1991–2020 normals, extremes 1960–present)
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 80
(27)
79
(26)
87
(31)
93
(34)
99
(37)
100
(38)
102
(39)
102
(39)
97
(36)
93
(34)
85
(29)
80
(27)
102
(39)
Average high °F (°C) 41.5
(5.3)
45.5
(7.5)
54.2
(12.3)
66.0
(18.9)
73.9
(23.3)
80.5
(26.9)
84.0
(28.9)
82.6
(28.1)
76.8
(24.9)
67.1
(19.5)
55.3
(12.9)
45.3
(7.4)
64.4
(18.0)
Daily mean °F (°C) 32.0
(0.0)
34.8
(1.6)
42.1
(5.6)
52.3
(11.3)
61.0
(16.1)
68.6
(20.3)
72.5
(22.5)
71.2
(21.8)
65.0
(18.3)
54.4
(12.4)
43.1
(6.2)
35.7
(2.1)
52.7
(11.5)
Average low °F (°C) 22.5
(−5.3)
24.1
(−4.4)
30.1
(−1.1)
38.7
(3.7)
48.2
(9.0)
56.7
(13.7)
60.9
(16.1)
59.9
(15.5)
53.3
(11.8)
41.6
(5.3)
30.8
(−0.7)
26.2
(−3.2)
41.1
(5.1)
Record low °F (°C) −19
(−28)
−5
(−21)
1
(−17)
15
(−9)
26
(−3)
34
(1)
41
(5)
39
(4)
28
(−2)
14
(−10)
9
(−13)
−10
(−23)
−19
(−28)
Precipitation inches (mm) 2.60
(66)
2.43
(61.7)
3.36
(85.3)
3.63
(92.2)
4.30
(109.2)
4.24
(107.7)
3.98
(101.1)
3.24
(82.3)
3.49
(88.6)
2.51
(63.8)
2.75
(69.9)
2.94
(74.7)
39.47
(1,002.5)
Snowfall inches (cm) 2.5
(6.4)
3.3
(8.4)
1.6
(4.1)
0.2
(0.5)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
0.0
(0)
2.5
(6.4)
10.1
(25.7)
Avg. precipitation days (≥ 0.01 in) 9.2 8.5 11.3 11.8 13.8 11.8 12.1 11.2 8.2 8.4 8.5 10.3 125.1
Avg. snowy days (≥ 0.1 in) 1.1 1.0 0.6 0.2 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.0 0.8 3.7
Source: NOAA[10][11]

Demographics[]

Historical populations
Census Pop.
1880 436
1890 704 61.5%
1900 2,950 319.0%
1910 4,234 43.5%
1920 5,623 32.8%
1930 6,538 16.3%
1940 6,300 −3.6%
1950 5,860 −7.0%
1960 11,062 88.8%
1970 10,060 −9.1%
1980 9,063 −9.9%
1990 6,991 −22.9%
2000 6,303 −9.8%
2010 5,961 −5.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]
1790-1960[13] 1900-1990[14]
1990-2000[15] 2010-2020[16]

2020 census[]

Covington city, Virginia - Demographic Profile
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2010[17] Pop 2020[16] % 2010 % 2020
White alone (NH) 4,955 4,541 83.12% 79.15%
Black or African American alone (NH) 741 716 12.43% 12.48%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 18 12 0.30% 0.21%
Asian alone (NH) 33 32 0.55% 0.56%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 5 0.00% 0.09%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 8 11 0.13% 0.19%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 114 241 1.91% 4.20%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 92 179 1.54% 3.12%
Total 5,961 5,737 100.00% 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.

2000 Census[]

The population of Covington has gradually declined since reaching its peak of 11,062 in 1960. The population decline has mainly resulted from losses of manufacturing jobs in the area.[18][19] One major loss of manufacturing jobs occurred after a fire at the Hercules plant in June 1980, causing $23 million in damage and worker layoffs.[20]

As of the census[21] of 2000, there were 6,303 people, 2,835 households, and 1,740 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,111.3 people per square mile (429.2/km2).[22] The racial makeup of the city was 84.1% White, 13.1% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 1.6% from two or more races. 0.6% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,195 housing units at an average density of 563.3 per square mile (217.6/km2). There were 2,835 households, out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. Of all households 34.0% were made up of individuals, and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 21.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,325, and the median income for a family was $36,640. Males had a median income of $30,755 versus $20,316 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,758. About 10.7% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.

Economy[]

Covington's economy is dominated by Westrock, which has been operating in the city since 1899.[23] The facility employs about 1300 workers, mostly from Covington and Alleghany County. Its production includes bleached paper and paperboard for packaging, and is the second largest on the East Coast.

Both Alleghany County, VA and Covington City are known for the low cost of their housing markets and close proximity to The Homestead in Bath County (VA), Lexington (VA), The Greenbrier in White Sulphur Springs (WV), Lewisburg (WV), and Roanoke (VA), each of which is within about a 45-minute drive.

Sports[]

Covington has a team in the Valley Baseball League called the Lumberjacks.

Government[]

The city has a council–manager government. The current mayor of Covington is Thomas H. Sibold Jr.[24]

Politics[]

United States presidential election results for Covington, Virginia[25]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 1,580 60.70% 964 37.03% 59 2.27%
2016 1,349 56.63% 914 38.37% 119 5.00%
2012 975 41.85% 1,319 56.61% 36 1.55%
2008 1,020 43.33% 1,304 55.40% 30 1.27%
2004 1,104 47.98% 1,179 51.24% 18 0.78%
2000 966 43.63% 1,168 52.76% 80 3.61%
1996 763 31.10% 1,394 56.83% 296 12.07%
1992 995 34.68% 1,442 50.26% 432 15.06%
1988 1,274 43.70% 1,567 53.76% 74 2.54%
1984 1,722 54.46% 1,391 43.99% 49 1.55%
1980 1,187 37.68% 1,813 57.56% 150 4.76%
1976 1,173 37.06% 1,820 57.50% 172 5.43%
1972 1,910 63.71% 948 31.62% 140 4.67%
1968 1,551 43.14% 1,195 33.24% 849 23.62%
1964 1,149 35.84% 2,055 64.10% 2 0.06%
1960 1,436 47.85% 1,558 51.92% 7 0.23%
1956 1,639 56.34% 1,189 40.87% 81 2.78%



Education[]

Covington has one 8–12 high school (Covington High School), one 4–7 middle school called (Jeter-Watson), one pre-kindergarten through third grade elementary school (Edgemont Primary), one State Governors School (Jackson River Governor's School), one technical center for high-school students (Jackson River Technical Center), and one community college (Dabney S. Lancaster).

Media[]

The local newspaper of record is The Virginian Review, which has been continuously published since August 10, 1914. Covington is served by two radio stations. WKEY simulcasts on 103.5 FM and 1340 AM, and WJVR broadcasts on 101.9 FM with simulcast on 1230 AM in nearby Clifton Forge.[26]

Infrastructure[]

Transportation[]

The area is serviced by Interstate 64 (east-west) and Route 220 (north-south) offering rail, truck and interstate access to the area. Rail passenger service is provided at the Amtrak station in Clifton Forge, VA 12 miles away.

Fire protection[]

Fire protection is provided by the Covington Fire Department, which was chartered on March 4, 1902.[27] The Covington Rescue Squad provides emergency medical services to the city of Covington. Both the fire department and rescue squad are volunteer organizations. The rescue squad was organized in 1933 and is the third oldest volunteer rescue squad in Virginia.

Gallery[]

Notable people[]

  • Bimbo Coles, born in Covington. In the National Basketball Association, he played for the Miami Heat, Golden State Warriors, Atlanta Hawks, Cleveland Cavaliers, and Boston Celtics.
  • Addie Elizabeth Davis, first woman ordained as a Southern Baptist pastor.
  • Bob Humphreys, baseball pitcher
  • Jim Lemon, born in Covington, who was an American right and left fielder, manager and coach in Major League Baseball.
  • Edgar P. Rucker, lawyer and politician
  • William R. Terrill, a United States Army soldier and general who was killed in action at the Battle of Perryville during the American Civil War.

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Covington, Virginia

References[]

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  16. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE - 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) - Covington city, Virginia". https://data.census.gov/cedsci/table?q=p2&g=1600000US5119728&tid=DECENNIALPL2020.P2. 
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  18. ^ anec_mar-apr07
  19. ^ Report on the City of Covington – County of Alleghany Annexation Action, May 2011, Commission on Local Government, Commonwealth of Virginia
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  23. ^ City of Covington Script error: No such module "webarchive".
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  27. ^ "Index of /". http://www.fire.covington.va.us/. 

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