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The 2000 Census showed that Giles County had a population of 16,657 people. This represented 0.24% of the total population of Virginia, making it the state's 62nd most populous county (out of 134 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Giles had a population of 17,358 people. This is an increase of 4.21% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201017,286+3.78%-0.41% since 2009
200917,358+4.21%+0.7% since 2008
200817,237+3.48%+0.24% since 2007
200617,191+3.21%+1.22% since 2005
200516,983+1.96%+1.08% since 2004
200416,801+0.86%-0.14% since 2003
200316,825+1.01%+0.11% since 2002
200116,793+0.82%+0.82% since 2000
200016,657The Last Census

Giles County had 7,732 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Giles County has a total area<3> of 360.4 square miles [933 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (3.07 square miles [7.95 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Giles County had a population density of 46.62 people per square mile [18 people/km²], making it the state's 66th most densely populated county (out of 134 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Giles County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Giles and the state of Virginia.

Click here for the Giles County QuickFact (QF-51071).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Giles County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Giles County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BlandQF-51021   SW6,7916,871-1.16%
CraigQF-51045   E4,9695,091-2.4%
MontgomeryQF-51121   SE91,02383,6298.84%
PulaskiQF-51155   S35,02235,127-0.3%
Mercer (WV)QF-54055   W61,92162,980-1.68%
Monroe (WV)QF-54063   NE13,71514,583-5.95%
Summers (WV)QF-54089   N13,08112,9990.63%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Giles. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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