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Welcome to Buchanan ...

The town of Buchanan is located in Botetourt County<1>.

While we don't have a date for the founding of Buchanan, you might consider that their post office opened  in 1846.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Buchanan has a population of 1,178 people<2> (see below for details).

Buchanan is 830 feet [253 m] above sea level.<3>.

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

The telephone area code for Buchanan: (540)

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Buchanan had an population of 1,178 people (or a decrease of 4.46% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Buchanan had a population of 1,178 people. This makes Buchanan the county's most populous community.

The population of Buchanan represents 0.01% of the population of Virginia (which has 8,001,024 people), making it the state's 130th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,178 people, the population of Buchanan decreased 4.46% from the 2000 Census (which had a count of 1,233 people).

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

Communities Also Named Buchanan ...

Using our Gazetteer, we found that there are 33 communities that are also named Buchanan - they are located in California (3), Colorado (2), Florida, Georgia (3), Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Missouri, Nebraska (2), New Mexico, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota (2), Ohio (3), Ontario, Oregon (2), Pennsylvania, Saskatchewan, Tennessee and Texas (2).

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

Communities near Buchanan ...

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

  • Bedford
    (15 miles [24.1 km] to the southeast)
  • Glasgow
    (14 miles [22.5 km] to the northeast)
  • Troutville
    (13 miles [20.9 km] to the southwest)
  • Iron Gate
    (19 miles [30.6 km] to the north)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Iron Gate have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Iron Gate
    • Iron Gate is located in Alleghany County
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 352 people
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Iron Gate
  • Fincastle
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the west)
  • Lithia
    (5 miles [8 km] to the southwest)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Lithia have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Lithia
    • Lithia is located in Botetourt County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Lithia
  • Rocky Point
    (5 miles [8 km] to the northeast)
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Rocky Point have been provided by the GNIS.<5> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Rocky Point
    • Rocky Point is located in Botetourt County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Rocky Point
  • Salt Petre Cave
    (6 miles [9.7 km] to the northwest)
    • Note: We haven't been able to verify our GPS coordinates for Salt Petre Cave. Although the coordinates have been estimated, they should be in the vicinity.<6>
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salt Petre Cave
    • Salt Petre Cave is located in Botetourt County
    • Salt Petre Cave has also been known as:
    • Salt Peter Cave
    • Saltpetre
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Salt Petre Cave
  • Salisbury
    (7 miles [11.3 km] to the northwest)
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Salisbury
    • Salisbury is located in Botetourt County
    • Jump to a Google Map centered on Salisbury
  • Montvale
    (10 miles [16.1 km] to the south)

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 Buchanan. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Buchanan.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Buchanan. 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 Buchanan.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Buchanan. Our list includes 7 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Buchanan.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Buchanan ...

Looking for more information about Buchanan? 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 Buchanan, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Buchanan.

Adding Buchanan to Our Gazetteer ...

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

From our notes, the earliest published mention we've found for Buchanan was in the book titled U.S. Post Offices (Oct. 1846).

We also found Buchanan in the book titled .<7> From that list, the Buchanan post office opened in 1849.

For more details, see References and Mentions for Buchanan.

Unfortunately, we don't know of a website for Buchanan. If you can help, please contact us through our Feedback Page.

The official website for Botetourt County:

The official website for State of Virginia:

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of Virginia's counties, including Botetourt, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Buchanan.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Buchanan - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<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 found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<6>An 'estimated' location is one where we have been given GPS coordinates, but are unable to verify the accuracy of those coordinates. That said, we have some confidence that we have placed the marker near the actual location. A typical reason for being unable to verify a location is that it might be on private property or maybe historic and gone without an obvious trace.
<7>A copy of their list with background information can be found at:




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