Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge

Blue Ridge, eastern range of the Appalachian Mts., extending south from S Pa. to N Ga.; highest mountains in the E United States. Mt. Mitchell, 6,684 ft (2,037 m) high, is the tallest peak. Beginning with a narrow ridge in the north, c.10 mi (16 km) wide, the range broadens toward the south, reaching a maximum width of 70 mi (113 km) in North Carolina. Receiving much rain, the region is heavily forested; wood is the area's chief resource. The Blue Ridge was a barrier to the pioneers' westward movement. Numerous gaps cross the ridge; the gap at Harpers Ferry, W.Va., was an important railroad traverse. Most of the people of the Blue Ridge live on small farms in sheltered valleys and retain traditional lifestyles and speech. Principal economic activities there include livestock raising, farming, tobacco growing, and lumber production. Commercial apple orchards are found in Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania. The Blue Ridge is a major East Coast recreation area noted for its resorts and scenery. The Appalachian Trail winds atop the range. Skyline Drive, Va., following the crest of the Blue Ridge in Shenandoah National Park, has many roadside lookouts. The Blue Ridge Parkway (see National Parks and Monuments, table), designed especially for motor recreation, links the Shenandoah and Great Smoky Mts. national parks.
Blue Ridge is a census-designated place (CDP) in Elmore County, Alabama, United States. At the 2000 census the population was 1,331. It is part of the Montgomery Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Blue Ridge is located at (32.486744, -86.190823).

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20.5 km²), of which, 7.9 square miles (20.4 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km²) of it (0.88%) is water.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,331 people, 511 households, and 436 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 169.3 people per square mile (65.4/km²). There were 526 housing units at an average density of 66.9/sq mi (25.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.79% White, 3.08% Black or African American, 0.38% Native American, 0.30% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, and 0.38% from two or more races. 0.53% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 511 households out of which 30.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 0.0% were married couples living together, 6.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 14.5% were non-families. 13.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 5.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 21.0% from 25 to 44, 37.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 46 years. For every 100 females there were 101.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.4 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $73,162, and the median income for a family was $83,320. Males had a median income of $60,625 versus $37,875 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $32,774. None of the families and 1.1% of the population were living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and none of those over 64.


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