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city (1990 pop. 30,707), seat of Rockingham co., NW Va., in the Shenandoah Valley; settled 1739, inc. 1916. It is a processing center in a poultry, dairy, and livestock area. Manufactures include computers, clothing, paper and metal products, machinery, building materials, transportation equipment, chemicals, furniture, animal feeds, and fertilizers. Gen. T. J. (Stonewall) Jackson ended his renowned Valley Campaign just E of Harrisonburg in 1862, and his leading cavalry general, Turner Ashby, was killed there. James Madison Univ., Eastern Mennonite Univ., and the headquarters of George Washington National Forest are in the city. Limestone caverns and the Shenandoah National Park are nearby.

Harrisonburg (Independent City), Virginia

345 S Main St
Harrisonburg, VA 22801
Phone: (540) 432-7701
Fax: (540) 432-7778

In northern VA, 23 mi. northeast of Staunton. Founded in 1780; incorporated as a town in 1849; as a city in 1916. Serves as county seat for Rockingham County. Name Origin: For Thomas Harrison, who gave fifty acres for the town site

Area (sq mi):: 17.59 (land 17.56; water 0.03) Population per square mile: 2302.80
Population 2005: 40,438 State rank: 40 Population change: 2000-20005 -0.10%; 1990-2000 31.80% Population 2000: 40,468 (White 80.10%; Black or African American 5.90%; Hispanic or Latino 8.80%; Asian 3.10%; Other 6.10%). Foreign born: 9.20%. Median age: 22.60
Income 2000: per capita $14,898; median household $29,949; Population below poverty level: 30.10% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $22,054-$24,240
Unemployment (2004): 3.30% Unemployment change (from 2000): 1.30% Median travel time to work: 14.80 minutes Working outside county of residence: 29.90%
Cities with population over 10,000:
  • Harrisonburg County seat (41,066)

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