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Rural Retreat, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Rural Retreat is an incorporated place (Class Code P1) located in Wythe County at latitude 36.9051 and longitude -81.2773. Wythe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,513 feet.

The formal official name is the Town of Rural Retreat, but most people and references simply refer to it as Rural Retreat, Virginia.

The P1 Census Class Code for Rural Retreat indicates a populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. The Incorporated Place has a Functional Status Code "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

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.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rural Retreat: Mount Airy.

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Rural Retreat, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2014)


Total Population 1,527
Population in Households 1,527
Population in Familes 1,257
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density1 666
Diversity Index2 9


Total Households 650
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 449
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 722 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 502 (69.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 147 (20.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 72 ( 10.0%)
Median Home Value $123,757
Average Home Value $130,976


Median Household Income $44,798
Average Household Income $50,691
Per Capita Income $21,621
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2014 2014-2019
Population 0.69% 0.49%
Households 0.93% 0.52%
Families 0.59% 0.49%
Median Household Income   2.33%
Per Capita Income   1.86%
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 591 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2014 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 # 297 50th
Population Density1 # 321 46th
Diversity Index2 # 549 7th
Median Household Income # 321 46th
Per Capita Income # 361 39th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE Virginia Census Data Comparison Tool.