is an independent city
within the confines of Alleghany County
in the state
. The population was 6,303 at the 2000 census
. It is the county seat
of Alleghany County
. The Bureau of Economic Analysis
combines the city of Covington with Alleghany county for statistical purposes. Covington is located at the confluence of Jackson River
and Dunlap Creek. It was the birthplace of former West Virginia Senator W. Chapman Revercomb
Its media and news needs are served by The Virginian Review newspaper, which has been continuously serving the Alleghany Highlands since August 10, 1914.
Fire protection is provided by the Covington Fire Department, which was chartered on March 4, 1902. The Covington Rescue Squad provides emergency medical services to the city of Covington. The squad was organized in 1933 and is the third oldest volunteer rescue squad in the commonwealth of Virginia.
Economy and Transportation
Its economy is dominated by MeadWestvaco
, which operates a large packaging facilities in the area, the second largest on the East Coast
. Covington has a team in the Valley Baseball League
called the Lumberjacks
.The area is serviced by Interstate 64 (east west) and Route 220 a (north south) offering rail, truck and interstate access to the area. Also, Rail Passenger Service is provided at the Amtrak station in Clifton Forge, VA
12 miles away. Both Alleghany County,VA
and Covington City are known for the low cost of its housing market and close proximity to The Homestead
in Bath County Va
in White Sulphur Springs,WV
, and Roanoke,VA
a 45 minute drive in any direction.
According to the United States Census Bureau
, the city has a total area of 5.7 square miles
), all of it land.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 6,303 people, 2,835 households, and 1,740 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,111.3 people per square mile (429.2/km²). There were 3,195 housing units at an average density of 563.3/sq mi (217.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 84.06% White
, 13.14% Black
or African American
, 0.35% Native American
, 0.65% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 0.21% from other races
, and 1.59% from two or more races. 0.63% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 2,835 households out of which 23.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 34.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.83.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 26.3% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 91.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $30,325, and the median income for a family was $36,640. Males had a median income of $30,755 versus $20,316 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,758. About 10.7% of families and 12.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.1% of those under age 18 and 9.1% of those age 65 or over.
Covington is serviced by one 8-12 High School Covington High School , one 4-7 Middle School Jeter Watson, one pk - 3 Elementary School Edgemont Primary , one Va State Governors School Jackson River Governor's School, one Technical Center Jackson River Technical Center and one College Dabney S Lancaster.