Bedford, Virginia Population 2024

6,818

Bedford is a city located in Bedford County Virginia. Bedford has a 2024 population of 6,818. It is also the county seat of Bedford County. Bedford is currently growing at a rate of 0.6% annually and its population has increased by 2.46% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 6,654 in 2020.

The average household income in Bedford is $58,498 with a poverty rate of 26.71%. The median age in Bedford is 40.5 years: 31.3 years for males, and 45.3 years for females.

Bedford Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Bedford was:

  • White: 71.76%
  • Black or African American: 17.56%
  • Other race: 4%
  • Two or more races: 3.46%
  • Asian: 3.22%
  • Native American: 0%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0%
Land Area (mi²)
8.7 sq mi
Density (mi²)
781.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
2.46% (164)
The current population of Bedford, Virginia is 6,818 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates (released May 2024). The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 6,654.

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White4,79171.76%
Black or African American1,17217.56%
Other race2674%
Two or more races2313.46%
Asian2153.22%
Native American00%
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander00%

White

Black or African American

Other race

Two or more races

Asian

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Bedford Population by Race

Bedford Population Pyramid 2024

Bedford Median Age

40.5

Total

31.3

Male

45.3

Female

Bedford Adults

There are 5,329 adults, (1,285 of whom are seniors) in Bedford.

Bedford Age Dependency

65.1

Age Dependency Ratio

31.8

Old Age Dependency Ratio

33.3

Child Dependency Ratio

Bedford Sex Ratio

Female3,69655.36%
Male2,98044.64%

Bedford Population by Age

Bedford Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All2,8582.2250.949.1
Non Family1,2931.0949.950.1
Married9783.5371.628.4
Female3852.5816.683.4
Male2022.522.377.7

3.08

Average Family Size

2.22

Average Household Size

50.9%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Bedford Households and Families

Male

Female

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Education Attained
Count
Percentage
9th to 12th Grade51210.99%
Associates Degree3697.92%
Bachelors Degree70215.07%
Graduate Degree2074.44%
High School Graduate1,74537.47%
Less Than 9th Grade2345.02%
Some College88819.07%

Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Bedford Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Bedford Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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Race
Total
High School
Bachelors
White3,4932,915756
Black82967020
Other Race13613632
Asian13413486
Hispanic10910922
2+ Races655615

The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 64.18%.

Bedford Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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Name
Average
Male
Female
Bachelors Degree$50,823$51,829$0
Graduate Degree$63,750$68,558$0
High School Graduate$26,880$26,029$35,774
Less Than 9th Grade$34,018$0$0
Overall$40,032$44,000$37,321
Some College$39,292$66,548$34,024

$40,032

Average Earnings

$44,000

Average Male

$37,321

Average Female

Bedford Earnings by Educational Attainment

Bedford Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Bedford Language

93.75% of Bedford residents speak only English, while 6.25% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Asian and Pacific Island languages, which is spoken by 2.98% of the population.

Bedford Language

Bedford Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White4,57689319.51%
Black1,06560957.18%
Asian21518284.65%
Other267124.49%

26.71%

Overall Poverty Rate

27.47%

Male Poverty Rate

26.11%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Bedford

The race most likely to be in poverty in Bedford is Asian, with 84.65% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Bedford is Other, with 4.49% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 11.76%. Among those working part-time, it was 22.72%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 28.43%.

Bedford Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade36.06%
High School22.47%
Bachelors or Greater11.83%
Some College7.87%

Bedford Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed23.13%
Female Employed10.12%
Male Unemployed0%
Female Unemployed0%

Bedford Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Bedford Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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Name
Median
Mean
Families$61,134$73,688
Households$41,154$58,498
Married Families$86,830$-999,999,999
Non Families$35,288$38,411

mean

median

Income by Household Type

Bedford Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

38.2%

Overall Marriage Rate

44.3%

Male Marriage Rate

33.6%

Female Marriage Rate

Bedford Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Bedford Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is 55-64, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Bedford Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Bedford Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

273

Number of Veterans

273

Male Veterans

0

Female Veterans

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War
Veterans
Second Gulf War83
Vietnam76
First Gulf War55
World War II21
Korea4

Bedford Veterans by War

count

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Age Group
Veterans
55 to 6492
65 to 7463
18 to 3459
75+38
35 to 5421

Bedford Veterans by Age

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Name
Veterans
% of Total
White2576.31%
2+ Races1619.75%

Bedford Veterans by Race

Bedford Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

6.97%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.1%

Veteran Disability Rate

Bedford Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

55.7%

Labor Force Participation

54.4%

Employment Rate

2.4%

Unemployment Rate

Bedford Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Bedford Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Bedford Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

72.47%

Born in Bedford

94.79%

Native Born

5.21%

Foreign Born

4.16%

Non Citizen

1.05%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

94.79% of Bedford residents were born in the United States, with 72.47% having been born in Virginia. 4.16% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

Bedford Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20297,023410.59%
20286,982410.59%
20276,941410.59%
20266,900410.6%
20256,859410.6%
20246,818410.6%
20236,777510.76%
20226,726280.42%
20216,698440.66%
20206,654290.44%
20196,625160.24%
20186,609400.61%
20176,569250.38%
20166,544180.28%
20156,526400.62%
20146,486600.93%
20136,426-19-0.29%
20126,445-61-0.94%
20116,506-59-0.9%
20106,56500%
20006,2992263.72%
19906,073821.37%
19805,991-20-0.33%
19706,011901.52%
19605,9211,86045.8%
19504,061882.21%
19403,9732607%
19303,71347014.49%
19203,24373529.31%
19102,508-389-13.43%
18902,897-4,126-58.75%
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Bedford Population by Year