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Bedford, Virginia

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Welcome to Bedford ...

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Bedford has a population of 6,625 people<1> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Bedford.

The city of Bedford is 1,000 feet [305 m] above sea level.<2>.

Time Zone: Bedford lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Bedford: (540)

The ZIP code for Bedford: 24523<3>

Websites for Bedford ...

Official Website:

Chamber of Commerce:

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Bedford had an population of 6,625 people. This is an increase of 6.48% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 5.18% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Bedford had a population of 6,222 people.

The population of Bedford represents 0.08% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 55th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 6,222 people, the population of Bedford decreased 1.22% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 6,299 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Bedford.

Communities Also Named Bedford ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two Virginia communities named Bedford: This one is located in and the other is located in Shenandoah County.

Beyond Virginia, there are 32 communities that are also named Bedford - they are located in Alabama, Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana (2), Manitoba, Massachusetts, Michigan (2), Missouri, Montana (2), New Brunswick, New Hampshire, New York (2), North Carolina, Nova Scotia, Ohio, Oklahoma, Ontario, Pennsylvania, Quebec, Tennessee, Texas, Washington and Wyoming.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Bedford.

Communities near Bedford ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Bedford.

  • Radford [Bedford County]
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    • Radford [Bedford County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<4> to the south of Bedford
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Radford have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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  • Altavista [Campbell County]
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    • Altavista [Campbell County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<4> to the southeast of Bedford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,422 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Altavista have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Altavista<6>
  • Buchanan [Botetourt County]
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    • Buchanan [Botetourt County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<4> to the northwest of Bedford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,182 people
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    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Buchanan<6>
  • Joppa Mill [Bedford County]
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    • Joppa Mill [Bedford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the southwest of Bedford
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  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Lowry [Bedford County]
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      • Lowry [Bedford County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<4> to the east of Bedford
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    • Goode [Bedford County]
    • Chamblissburg [Bedford County]
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      • Chamblissburg [Bedford County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<4> to the southwest of Bedford
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Chamblissburg have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
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    • Moneta [Bedford County]
    • Montvale [Bedford County]
    • Forest [Bedford County]

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Bedford. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Bedford.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Bedford. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Bedford.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Bedford. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Bedford.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Bedford ...

Looking for more information about Bedford? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Bedford, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Bedford.

Adding Bedford to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Bedford in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Bedford was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Bedford on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Bedford

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Footnotes ...

<1>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Bedford.
<2>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Bedford - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<3>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Bedford). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Bedford or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<4>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' (or point-to-point) distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Bedford) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Bedford. Since we usually use Google Maps, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from BedfordOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Bedford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 37.3345, Longitude: -79.5235    
<5>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






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