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Cape Charles, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Cape Charles had a population of 981 as of July 1, 2016. Cape Charles ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Cape Charles is located at latitude 37.2497 and longitude -76.0141 in Northampton County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Cape Charles (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.55 sq. miles and a water area of 0.06 sq. miles. Northampton County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 7 feet.

The Town of Cape Charles (GNIS ID: 2390767) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Cape Charles population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cape Charles: Accomack.

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Cape Charles, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 981
Population in Households 981
Population in Familes 680
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 276
Diversity Index2 54


Total Households 510
Average Household Size 1.92
Family Households 266
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 991 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 256 (25.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 254 (25.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 481 (48.5%)
Median Home Value $308,974
Average Home Value $385,098


Median Household Income $38,233
Average Household Income $59,624
Per Capita Income $30,391
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.45% -0.23%
Households -0.19% -0.12%
Families 0.12% -0.38%
Median Household Income   -0.01%
Per Capita Income   1.82%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Cape Charles, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Cape Charles to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 366 38th
Population Density1 # 445 25th
Diversity Index2 # 206 66th
Median Household Income # 448 25th
Per Capita Income # 189 68th

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