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Harrisonburg is an independent city within the confines of Rockingham County in the state of Virginia. As of the 2000 census, the city had a total population of 40,468. Harrisonburg is located in the Shenandoah Valley and is home of James Madison University and Eastern Mennonite University. It is the county seat of Rockingham County.
Harrisonburg is located at 38°26'35" North, 78°52'21" West (38.443279, -78.872759)1.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 40,468 people, 13,133 households, and 6,448 families residing in the city. The population density is 889.8/km² (2,304.4/mi²). There are 13,689 housing units at an average density of 301.0/km² (779.5/mi²). The racial makeup of the city is 84.84% White, 5.92% Black or African American, 0.19% Native American, 3.11% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.35% from other races, and 2.57% from two or more races. 8.85% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 13,133 households out of which 23.3% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% are married couples living together, 9.3% have a female householder with no husband present, and 50.9% are non-families. 28.3% of all households are made up of individuals and 8.6% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.53 and the average family size is 3.00.
The age distribution, which is strongly influenced by the city's two universities, is: 15.4% under the age of 18, 40.9% from 18 to 24, 21.2% from 25 to 44, 13.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.3% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 23 years. For every 100 females there are 90.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 87.5 males.
The median income for a household in the city is $29,949, and the median income for a family is $45,159. Males have a median income of $29,951 versus $22,910 for females. The per capita income for the city is $14,898. 30.1% of the population and 11.5% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 18.7% of those under the age of 18 and 11.4% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line. However, traditional poverty measures can be misleading when applied to a community with a relatively large student population, such as Harrisonburg.
Located within the city are two universities, one public, one private, for higher education; the Harrisonburg Public School system and one private school system.
Serving about 4,000 students (K-12) Harrisonburg City Public Schools is comprised 4 elementary schools, a middle, and a high school. All schools are accredited by the Virginia Department of Education and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
The private school system, comprised of one school (6-12) Eastern Mennonite High School , with an enrollment of about 325 students.
Points of interest
- History of Harrisonburg
- City of Harrisonburg
- Harrisonburg City Public Schools
- Eastern Mennonite High School
- Daily News Record (Newspaper)
- James Madison University
- Eastern Mennonite University
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