Rural Retreat, VA Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Rural Retreat, Virginia - Basic Facts

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The Town of Rural Retreat had a population of 1,530 as of July 1, 2016. Rural Retreat ranks in the lower quartile for Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in Virginia. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Rural Retreat is located at latitude 36.9051 and longitude -81.2773 in Wythe County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Rural Retreat (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.28 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Wythe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,513 feet.

The Town of Rural Retreat (GNIS ID: 2391399) 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 Rural Retreat 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 Rural Retreat: Mount Airy.

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Rural Retreat, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,530
Population in Households 1,530
Population in Familes 1,260
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 672
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 644
Average Household Size 2.38
Family Households 443
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 720 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 500 (69.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 144 (20.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 76 (10.6%)
Median Home Value $119,426
Average Home Value $138,327


Median Household Income $39,178
Average Household Income $49,257
Per Capita Income $20,706
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.5% 0.18%
Households 0.48% 0.19%
Families 0.18% 0.14%
Median Household Income   1.11%
Per Capita Income   1.51%
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.

Rural Retreat, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Rural Retreat 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 # 298 50th
Population Density1 # 325 45th
Diversity Index2 # 556 6th
Median Household Income # 427 28th
Per Capita Income # 453 24th

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