- Gate City, Virginia
official_name = Gate City, Virginia
mapsize = 250px
map_caption = Location of Gate City, Virginia
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 5.3
area_land_km2 = 5.3
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 2.1
area_land_sq_mi = 2.0
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 2159
population_density_km2 = 408.8
population_density_sq_mi = 1058.8
timezone = Eastern (EST)
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timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 408
elevation_ft = 1339
latd = 36 |latm = 38 |lats = 18 |latNS = N
longd = 82 |longm = 34 |longs = 50 |longEW = W
Gate City is strategically situated near the significant and historic
Moccasin Gapgap in Clinch Mountain. Its original role (under another name) was to provide services to travelers, including Daniel Boone, and it developed into a commercial and social hub for the surrounding farming communities of Scott County.
Location and Topography
Gate City is a small town tucked against a huge mountain.
VDOTplans for a large portion of the mountain at Moccasin Gap to be shorn away.Fact|date=April 2008
Gate City is located at coor dms|36|38|18|N|82|34|50|W|city (36.638325, -82.580659)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.97%) is water.
It should be noted that the town has expanded its boundaries since the census via a boundary adjustment agreement with the county.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 2,159 people, 984 households, and 604 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 1,058.8 people per square mile (408.6/km²). There were 1,119 housing units at an average density of 548.8/sq mi (211.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.69% White, 3.80% African American, 0.09% Native American, and 0.42% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.42% of the population.
There were 984 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.9% were married couples living together, 11.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 36.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.81.
In the town the population was spread out with 20.0% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 22.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 87.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $31,875, and the median income for a family was $48,068. Males had a median income of $35,875 versus $22,292 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $19,268. About 4.1% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.9% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.
* [http://www.gatecityva.us Official website]
* [http://www.vdot.virginia.gov/projects/bristol/moccasin_gap_bypass_-.asp VDOT Moccasin Gap Bypass]
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