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Rural Retreat, Virginia - Basic Facts

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The Town of Rural Retreat had a population of 1,508 as of July 1, 2017. 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, 2017.

Alternate Unofficial Names for Rural Retreat: Mount Airy.

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


Total Population 1,508
Daytime Population: Workers 764
Daytime Population: Residents 811
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 1,575
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.04
Population in Households 1,508
Population in Familes 1,240
Population in Group Qrtrs 0
Population Density2 663
Diversity Index3 9


Median Household Income $40,663
Average Household Income $50,313
Per Capita Income $21,434


Total Housing Units 724 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 492 (68.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 149 (20.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 83 (11.5%)
Median Home Value $123,693
Average Home Value $141,430


Total Households 641
Average Household Size 2.35
Family Households 441
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 0.23% -0.07%
Households 0.35% 0.06%
Families 0.09% -0.05%
Median Household Income   1.09%
Per Capita Income   2.42%

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, 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 # 299 50th
Population Density # 327 45th
Diversity Index # 553 7th
Median Household Income # 429 28th
Per Capita Income # 456 23rd

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