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Mathews County, Virginia
Seal of Mathews County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Mathews County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1791
Seat Mathews
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

, 65.99%
 - (2000)
 - Density


Mathews County is a county located on the Middle Peninsula in the U.S. state of Virginia. As of 2000, the population is 9,207. Its county seat is Mathews6.


Mathews County was established in 1791 from Gloucester County. The county is named for Brigadier General Thomas Mathews, then speaker of the House of Delegates of the General Assembly of Virginia. In 1776, Virginia' last Royal Governor, Lord Dunmore, left Virginia after being driven to Gwynn's Island by General Andrew Lewis and the Continental Army.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 653 km² (252 mi²). 222 km² (86 mi²) of it is land and 431 km² (166 mi²) of it (65.99%) is water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 9,207 people, 3,932 households, and 2,823 families residing in the county. The population density was 41/km² (108/mi²). There were 5,333 housing units at an average density of 24/km² (62/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 87.30% White, 11.25% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 0.18% Asian, 0.31% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 0.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 3,932 households out of which 24.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.20% were married couples living together, 7.90% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.32 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the county, the population was spread out with 19.90% under the age of 18, 5.20% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 30.10% from 45 to 64, and 21.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 93.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $43,222, and the median income for a family was $50,653. Males had a median income of $36,294 versus $23,434 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,610. 6.00% of the population and 4.30% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 7.50% are under the age of 18 and 4.80% are 65 or older.

Mathews is also home to former NFL football player Stuart Anderson of the Washington Redskins and baseball player Keith Atherton of the Minnesota Twins.

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Coordinates: 37°25′N 76°17′W / 37.42, -76.28

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