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Geography & Population
Location
The City of Norton, the smallest city in the Commonwealth of Virginia, is located in the so-called Arrowhead of Virginia, the far southwest corner of the state. The city is closer to seven other state capitals than to the Virginia state capitol in Richmond. Norton is located in the geographic center of the east coast and of 1/2 of the nation’s population and manufacturing facilities. Distances to some major markets:
  • Atlanta - 327 miles
  • Detroit - 565 miles
  • Indianapolis - 420 miles
  • Louisville - 278 miles
  • Nashville - 308 miles
  • Raleigh - 333 miles

Norton is in the Appalachian Mountains, with elevations nearby ranging from 1,400 to 4,200 feet above sea level.

Area Highways
U.S. 23, a major north-south arterial highway, runs through the City of Norton and connects there with Alternate U.S. 58, an east-west arterial highway. Both of these highways provide an excellent means of travel to Interstate 181 and Interstate 81, about 50 miles away, which also connect with Interstates 75 and Interstates 77, creating an access to the entire eastern seaboard market and a gateway to the Midwestern and western markets. Interstates 40 (105 miles) and Interstates 64 (160 miles) are also accessible via Interstates 81.

Climate
Month Average Temperature
January 37° F
July 74° F

Average Precipitation Amount
Rainfall 45 inches
Snowfall 15 inches

Related Facts
  • Prevailing Winds - West / Southwest
  • Secondary Winds - Northeast
  • National Air Quality Attainment Area - Yes

Population

Year Population
2010 3,958
2000 3,904
1990 4,247
1980 4,757
1970 4,172

Age Break Down in 2000
Age Total
0-19 711
20-44 1,365
45-64 992
65+ 596

The median age in 2000 was 30.8 years old.

Related Facts
  • City area - 7.21 square miles
  • Population density - 589 per square mile
  • Population of surrounding counties - 137,807 people