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Galax, Virginia - Basic Facts

The City of Galax had a population of 7,056 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Galax is located at latitude 36.6656 and longitude -80.9143 in Galax (city) County. The formal boundaries for the City of Galax (see map below) encompass a land area of 8.24 sq. miles and a water area of 0.04 sq. miles. Galax (city) County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,372 feet.

The City of Galax (GNIS ID: 1498426) has a C7 Census Class Code which indicates an incorporated place that is independent of any county. 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 Galax population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Galax: Bonaparte.

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Galax, VA Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 7,056
Daytime Population: Workers 4,114
Daytime Population: Residents 4,129
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 8,243
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.17
Population in Households 6,679
Population in Familes 5,196
Population in Group Qrtrs 377
Population Density2 856
Diversity Index3 48


Median Household Income $32,189
Average Household Income $43,117
Per Capita Income $18,656


Total Housing Units 3,252 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 1,710 (52.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,206 (37.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 336 (10.3%)
Median Home Value $106,119
Average Home Value $141,316


Total Households 2,916
Average Household Size 2.29
Family Households 1,773
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.03% 0.02%
Households -0.03% -0.01%
Families -0.22% -0.15%
Median Household Income   1.16%
Per Capita Income   2.15%

Galax, VA - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Galax to the other 593 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in Virginia by rank and percentile using July 1, 2017 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 # 164 73rd
Population Density # 273 54th
Diversity Index # 282 53rd
Median Household Income # 550 7th
Per Capita Income # 544 8th

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