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Cape Charles, Virginia - Basic Facts

The Town of Cape Charles had a population of 940 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Cape Charles: Accomack.

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


Total Population 940
Daytime Population: Workers 839
Daytime Population: Residents 546
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,385
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.47
Population in Households 940
Population in Familes 650
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 265
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $35,670
Average Household Income $63,211
Per Capita Income $31,848


Total Housing Units 960 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 237 (24.7%)
Renter Occupied HU 247 (25.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 476 (49.6%)
Median Home Value $295,238
Average Home Value $368,697


Total Households 484
Average Household Size 1.94
Family Households 252
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 -0.97% -0.54%
Households -0.88% -0.42%
Families -0.64% -0.72%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   2.47%

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, 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 # 370 38th
Population Density # 451 24th
Diversity Index # 204 66th
Median Household Income # 510 14th
Per Capita Income # 181 70th

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