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Northampton County, Virginia
Seal of Northampton County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Northampton County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1634
Seat Eastville
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

, 73.93%
 - (2000)
 - Density


Northampton County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 13,093. Its county seat is Eastville6.

Northampton and Accomack Counties comprise the Eastern Shore of Virginia.

Also note: The county is the epicenter of a late eocene meteor strike. See Chesapeake Bay impact crater


The county has a long history as a home for free African Americans during the era of slavery. Free blacks in America were first documented in Northampton County, Virginia, in 1662.[1]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 2,060 km² (795 mi²). 537 km² (207 mi²) of it is land and 1,523 km² (588 mi²) of it (73.93%) is water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 13,093 people, 5,321 households, and 3,543 families residing in the county. The population density was 24/km² (63/mi²). There were 6,547 housing units at an average density of 12/km² (32/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 53.29% White, 43.03% Black or African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.12% from other races, and 1.17% from two or more races. 3.47% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,321 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.30% were married couples living together, 17.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.40% were non-families. 29.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 23.30% under the age of 18, 7.10% from 18 to 24, 23.60% from 25 to 44, 24.80% from 45 to 64, and 21.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 87.90 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,276, and the median income for a family was $35,034. Males had a median income of $26,842 versus $21,839 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,591. About 15.80% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.20% of those under age 18 and 16.50% of those age 65 or over.

Northampton County is home to the United States' oldest continuous court records.


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Northampton County Public Schools [1] operates public schools in the county.

Coordinates: 37°18′N 75°56′W / 37.30, -75.93

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  1. ^ Africana: The Encyclopedia of the African and African American Experience By Anthony Appiah, Kwame Anthony Appiah, Henry Louis Gates Page 299