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South Boston, Virginia

South Boston, Virginia
South Boston Historic District
South Boston Historic District
Location of South Boston, Virginia
Location of South Boston, Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Halifax
 • Mayor Edward Owens
 • Total 12.3 sq mi (31.8 km2)
 • Land 12.2 sq mi (31.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 430 ft (131 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,142
 • Density 694.7/sq mi (268.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24592
Area code(s) 434
FIPS code 51-73712[1]
GNIS feature ID 1501641[2]

South Boston, formerly Boyd's Ferry,[3] is a town in Halifax County, Virginia, United States. The population was 8,142 at the 2010 census.


  • History 1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Notable residents 4
  • See also 5
  • References 6
  • Further reading 7
  • External links 8


On December 8, 1796, the General Assembly authorized eight commissioners to establish at Boyd's Ferry on the south side of the Dan River the town of South Boston, named for Boston, Massachusetts. Because this site proved vulnerable to flooding it was eventually abandoned in favor of a new settlement on the north side. By the 1850s the Richmond and Danville Railroad passed through South Boston, which eventually developed into an important market for brightleaf tobacco. In 1884 it was incorporated as a town; in 1960 it became an independent city by court order. South Boston became a town again and rejoined Halifax County on July 1, 1995.

The Berry Hill Plantation, E. L. Evans House, Fourqurean House, Glennmary, Reedy Creek Site, Seaton, South Boston Historic District, and Tarover are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


South Boston is located at (36.707722, -78.903388).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.3 square miles (31.8 km²), of which, 12.2 square miles (31.6 km²) is land and 0.1 square mile (0.1 km²) (0.41%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,491 people, 3,502 households, and 2,185 families residing in the town. The population density was 694.7 people per square mile (268.3/km²). There were 3,946 housing units at an average density of 322.8 per square mile (124.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 50.63% White, 47.25% African American, 0.21% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.51% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.45% of the population.

There were 3,502 households out of which 29.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 20.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.6% were non-families. 34.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town the population was well-distributed with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.7% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 20.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 79.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,964, and the median income for a family was $34,848. Males had a median income of $28,212 versus $20,371 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,872. About 15.3% of families and 20.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.2% of those under age 18 and 23.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residents

Walter B. Scates, Chief Justice of the Illinois Supreme Court and Illinois Attorney General, was born in South Boston. NASCAR drivers Ward Burton and Jeff Burton are from South Boston and prepared for their racing career at South Boston Speedway. NFL player Tyrone Davis of the New York Jets and Green Bay Packers is also from South Boston. Baseball players Michael Tucker and Jeremy Jeffress are also from the area. Greg Vanney, former member of the U.S. Men's National Soccer Team, Sporting Club de Bastia, and MLS, is also from South Boston.

See also


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "Encyclopedia of Virginia: Cities of Virginia". South Boston, in Halifax County, was named for Boston, Massachusetts. The town was originally located on the south side of the Dan River and called Boyd's Ferry. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

Further reading

  • County status and boundary changes United States Census Bureau

External links

  • Welcome to South Boston & Halifax County
  • South
  • History of Halifax County & South Boston
  • South Boston News & Record
  • Town records 1905-1999 online at
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