Community

CommunityWashington County is located in Southwest Virginia. Interstate 81 runs through the county's central valley and intersects with Interstate 77 approximately 55 miles northeast of the Town of Abingdon, Washington County's seat of government.

The county is comprised of three towns of Abingdon, Damascus, and Glade Spring and area localities such as Meadowview, Emory, Mendota, Hayter's Gap, and many more.

Local Attractions

Town of Abingdon

Town of Damascus

Town of Glade Spring

Area Information

History

For thousands of years, indigenous peoples of varying cultures lived in the area. At the time of European encounter, the Chiska had a chief village at what is now Saltville. The county was formed by European Americans in 1776 from Fincastle County. It was named for George Washington, who was then commander-in-chief of the Continental Army. Washington County is among the first geographical regions to be named after the president of the United States. As with many other frontier counties, the boundaries and territory changed over the years. In 1786 the northwestern part of Washington County became Russell County. In 1814 the western part of what remained of Washington County was combined with parts of Lee and Russell counties to form Scott County. In 1832 the northeastern part of Washington was combined with part of Wythe County to form Smyth County. Finally, with the incorporation of the town of Goodson as the independent city of Bristol in 1890, Washington County assumed its present size.

Location

Washington County is located in Southwest Virginia. Interstate 81 runs through the county's central valley and intersects with Interstate 77 approximately 55 miles northeast of the Town of Abingdon, Washington County's seat of government.

Demographic Information

Average Temperature, January: 30°F
Average Temperature, July: 73°F
Average Annual Rainfall: 45"
Average Annual Snowfall: 15"
Heating Degree Days: 4,400
Cooling Degree Days: 1,100
Elevation: 1,698' - 5,520'

Washington County Census

2010

Washington County 54,443
Abingdon 8,009
Damascus 1,066
Glade Spring 1,525

2000

Washington County 51,103
Abingdon 7,780
Damascus 981
Glade Spring 1,374

1990

Washington County 45,887
Abingdon 7,681
Damascus 918
Glade Spring 1,435

1980

Washington County 46,487
Abingdon 4,318*
Damascus 1,330
Glade Spring 1,722

*In 1987, Abingdon annexed 5.5 sq. miles of Washington County. Based on the new town boundaries, Abingdon's 1980 population was 7,027.

Virginia Population 8,001,024
US Population 308,745,538

Clubs & Churches

ChurchesThere are many civic, community and non-profit organizations in Washington County. In addition, more than 60 churches of all denominations can be found in the Washington County area.

Clubs & Organizations

Churches

Relocation Information

The Chamber provides

  • maps of the area
  • brochures on area attractions
  • business directories
  • lists of Community organizations, churches
  • industries, and apartments

Also the Homes Magazine (local realtors listing) is available every month. You may email a request for a relocation package to chamber@bvu.net. Please include your full mailing address.

To better serve your request, please indicate if you need:

  • school information
  • housing information

The link below will provide a listing of apartments and contact information in the Washington County area.

Apartments Washington County

Education

Colleges

Washington County is home to Emory & Henry College located in Emory, VA and home to Virginia Highlands Community College located in Abingdon, VA. The Southwest Virginia Higher Education Center features videoconferencing, meeting facilities for business, and 72 degree programs offered through eight Virginia Colleges and universities.The list of participating colleges and universities is provided below.

Public schools

School Guide information

  • Abingdon High School, Abingdon
  • Holston High School, Damascus
  • John S. Battle High School, Bristol
  • Patrick Henry High School, Glade Spring

Private schools

Participating Academic Institutions

  • Old Dominion University
  • Radford University
  • University of Virginia
  • University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Virginia Commonwealth University
  • Virginia Highlands Community College
  • Virginia Intermont College
  • Virginia Tech