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Staunton(stăn`tən), city (1990 pop. 24,461), seat of Augusta co., W central Va., in the Shenandoah Valley; settled 1732, inc. as a city 1871. It is a trade and industrial center in a fertile farm area known for its poultry, livestock, and apples. Other products include feeds and fertilizer, crushed limestone, beverages, furniture, fabricated-metal and textile products, and building materials.
Staunton served as a Confederate supply base in the Civil War; twice it was occupied by Union forces. The city manager form of government originated in Staunton in 1908. The city is the seat of Mary Baldwin College and the Virginia School for the Deaf and the Blind (est. 1838). Many colonial houses remain, and President Woodrow WilsonWilson, Woodrow
(Thomas Woodrow Wilson), 1856–1924, 28th President of the United States (1913–21), b. Staunton, Va. Educator
He graduated from Princeton in 1879 and studied law at the Univ. of Virginia.
..... Click the link for more information. 's birthplace is a national shrine. Blackfriars Playhouse, a recreation of a London theater in which Shakespeare's plays were performed, and the Frontier Culture Museum are also there.
Staunton (Independent City), Virginia
Staunton, VA 24401
Phone: (540) 332-3800
Fax: (540) 332-3807
In north-central VA, 35 mi. northwest of Charlottesville. Laid out in 1748; established as a town in 1761. Incorporated as a town in 1801; as a city in 1871. Serves as county seat for Augusta County. Name Origin: For Rebecca Staunton, wife of colonial governor William Gooch
Area (sq mi):: 19.71 (land 19.71; water 0.00) Population per square mile: 1184.00
Population 2005: 23,337 State rank: 70 Population change: 2000-20005 -2.20%; 1990-2000 -2.50% Population 2000: 23,853 (White 82.70%; Black or African American 14.00%; Hispanic or Latino 1.10%; Asian 0.50%; Other 2.30%). Foreign born: 2.00%. Median age: 39.80
Income 2000: per capita $19,161; median household $32,941; Population below poverty level: 11.70% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $24,053-$25,847
Unemployment (2004): 3.40% Unemployment change (from 2000): 0.90% Median travel time to work: 19.90 minutes Working outside county of residence: 54.10%
See other counties in Virginia.