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Rappahannock County, Virginia
Map of Virginia highlighting Rappahannock County
Location in the state of Virginia
Map of the U.S. highlighting Virginia
Virginia's location in the U.S.
Founded 1833
Seat Washington
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

, 0.10%
 - (2000)
 - Density


Rappahannock County is a county located in the U.S. state — officially, "Commonwealth" — of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the population was 6,983. Its county seat is Washington6. The name "Rappahannock" comes from the Algonquian word lappihanne (also noted as toppehannock), meaning "river of quick, rising water" or "where the tide ebbs and flows."


Rappahannock County was founded 1656 from part of Lancaster County, and became extinct in 1692 when it was separated to form Essex and Richmond Counties. The currently existing Rappahannock County was founded by an act of the Virginia General Assembly in 1833. The county's land was carved from Culpeper County. The county was named for the river that separates it from Fauquier County.


The Rappahannock River forms the northeastern boundary and separates Rappahannock County from Fauquier County. Rappahannock County is bounded on the southeast by Culpeper County and on the southwest by Madison County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 691 km² (267 mi²). 690 km² (267 mi²) of it is land and 1 km² (0 mi²) of it (0.10%) is water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 6,983 people, 2,788 households, and 2,004 families residing in the county. The population density was 10/km² (26/mi²). There were 3,303 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (12/mi²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.64% White, 5.44% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.40% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. 1.30% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,788 households out of which 27.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 7.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 23.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 22.30% under the age of 18, 5.60% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 31.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 98.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.30 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $45,943, and the median income for a family was $51,848. Males had a median income of $32,725 versus $22,950 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,863. About 5.20% of families and 7.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.80% of those under age 18 and 3.20% of those age 65 or over.


This county is home to many but some rise above the rest. One is known as "The Guy Who Lives In Amissville" and another is the "Speed Stack Champion of The World". Their names are Ryan Devine and Jason Wiese.


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Coordinates: 38°41′N 78°10′W / 38.69, -78.17

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