South Boston, Virginia Population 2021

7,452
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South Boston is a city located in Halifax County Virginia. With a 2020 population of 7,452, it is the 50th largest city in Virginia and the 3810th largest city in the United States . South Boston is currently declining at a rate of -0.90% annually and its population has decreased by -8.47% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 8,142 in 2010. South Boston reached it's highest population of 8,491 in 2000. Spanning over 13 miles, South Boston has a population density of 571 people per square mile.

The average household income in South Boston is $55,549 with a poverty rate of 17.06%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to $671 per month, and the median house value is $132,300. The median age in South Boston is 38.9 years, 37.3 years for males, and 43.7 years for females.

South Boston Demographics

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

  • Black or African American: 56.54%
  • White: 39.54%
  • Asian: 2.07%
  • Two or more races: 1.57%
  • Other race: 0.27%
  • Native American: 0.00%
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander: 0.00%
The current population of South Boston, Virginia is 7,452 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates. The US Census estimates the 2018 population at 7,656.The last official US Census in 2010 recorded the population at 8,142.

South Boston, Virginia Population 2021

Population by Race

Race Population Percentage
Black or African American4,38956.54%
White3,06939.54%
Asian1612.07%
Two or More Races1221.57%
Some Other Race210.27%
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South Boston Population by Race

South Boston Population Pyramid $2021

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South Boston Median Age

38.9


Total

37.3


Male

43.7


Female

South Boston Adults

There are 5,876 adults, (1,639 of whom are seniors) in South Boston.

South Boston Age Dependency

83.2

Age Dependency Ratio

38.7

Old Age Dependency Ratio

44.5

Child Dependency Ratio

South Boston Sex Ratio

Female

4,428

57.05%

Male

3,334

42.95%

South Boston Population by Age

South Boston Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

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South Boston Household Types

Type Owner Renter
Married84.5%15.5%
All54.8%45.2%
Non Family45.8%54.2%
Female39.6%60.4%
Male23.8%76.2%

54.8%

Rate of Home Ownership

South Boston Households and Families

Type Count Average Size Owned
All2,8012.5854.8
Non Family9791.2345.8
Married8733.2484.5
Female7773.3739.6
Male1723.3523.8

3.17

Average Family Size

2.58

Average Household Size

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South Boston Households by Type

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Education Attained Count Percentage
Less Than 9th Grade3035.92%
9th to 12th Grade72014.07%
High School Graduate1,78034.78%
Some College92518.07%
Associates Degree4047.89%
Bachelors Degree63212.35%
Graduate Degree3546.92%
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South Boston Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

South Boston Educational Attainment by Race

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Race Total High School Bachelors
Black2,5701,867301
White2,3512,067606
Asian1119257
2+ Races4328
Hispanic434122
Other Race2119

The highest rate of high school graduation is among hispanic people with a rate of 95.35%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 51.35%.

South Boston Educational Attainment by Race

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Name Average Male Female
Overall$30,832$36,674$27,275
Less Than 9th Grade$14,018$13,929$15,035
High School Graduate$29,670$30,400$26,154
Some College$30,211$36,705$24,471
Bachelors Degree$41,806$64,063$39,524
Graduate Degree$62,667$124,167$44,211

$30,832

Average Earnings

$36,674

Average Male

$27,275

Average Female

South Boston Earnings by Educational Attainment

South Boston Language by Age

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South Boston Language

93.59% of South Boston residents speak only English, while 6.41% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Other languages, which is spoken by 3.53% of the population.

South Boston Language

South Boston Poverty by Race

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Name Total In Poverty Poverty Rate
Black4,10291122.21%
White2,7671936.98%
Multiple117117100.00%
Hispanic1487450.00%
Asian161116.83%

17.06%

Overall Poverty Rate

12.08%

Male Poverty Rate

20.78%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in South Boston

The race most likely to be in poverty in South Boston is Multiple, with 100.00% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in South Boston is Asian, with 6.83% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 2.15%. Among those working part-time, it was 17.76%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 27.60%.

South Boston Poverty

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Name Poverty
Less Than 9th Grade29.75%
High School23.40%
Some College12.91%
Bachelors or Greater1.78%

South Boston Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate Poverty
Female Unemployed59.26%
Male Unemployed32.73%
Female Employed8.15%
Male Employed5.24%

South Boston Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

South Boston Income by Household Type

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Name Median Mean
Households$42,311$55,549
Families$45,412$57,745
Married Families$69,635-
Non Families$26,761$49,018
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Income by Household Type

South Boston Marital Status

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Marriage Rates

30.7%

Overall Marriage Rate

36.0%

Male Marriage Rate

26.8%

Female Marriage Rate

South Boston Married by Age and Sex

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South Boston Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 45-54.

South Boston Marital Status by Race

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South Boston Marital Status

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434

Number of Veterans

367

Male Veterans

67

Female Veterans

War Veterans
Vietnam193
Second Gulf War69
First Gulf War58
Korea52
World War II14

South Boston Veterans by War

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Age Group Veterans
55 to 64160
65 to 74120
75+74
35 to 5458
18 to 3422

South Boston Veterans by Age

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Name Veterans % of Total
White27010.52%
Black1645.24%

South Boston Veterans by Race

South Boston Veterans by Education

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5.29%

Veteran Poverty Rate

29.57%

Veteran Disability Rate

South Boston Veterans by Education

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52.3%

Labor Force Participation

48.7%

Employment Rate

6.8%

Unemployment Rate

South Boston Employment by Age

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South Boston Employment by Race

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South Boston Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

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

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

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78.59%

Born in South Boston

95.86%

Native Born

4.14%

Foreign Born

3.05%

Non Citizen

1.08%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

95.86% of South Boston residents were born in the United States, with 78.59% having been born in Virginia. 3.05% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Asia.

South Boston Place of Birth

Year Population Growth Annual Growth Rate
20217,452-68-0.90%
20207,520-68-0.90%
20197,588-68-0.89%
20187,656-104-1.34%
20177,760-101-1.28%
20167,861-36-0.46%
20157,897-29-0.37%
20147,926-48-0.60%
20137,974-24-0.30%
20127,998-95-1.17%
20118,093-53-0.65%
20108,146-345-0.41%
20008,4911,4941.95%
19906,997-96-0.14%
19807,0932040.29%
19706,8899151.44%
19605,974-83-0.14%
19506,0578051.44%
19405,2524110.82%
19304,8415031.10%
19204,3388222.12%
19103,5160.00%

South Boston Population by Year