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Pulaski, Virginia

Town of Pulaski, Virginia
Main Street in Pulaski, Virginia
Main Street in Pulaski, Virginia
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Location in the Commonwealth of Virginia
Country United States
State Virginia
County Pulaski
 • Mayor Jeff Worrell
 • Total 7.8 sq mi (12.5 km2)
 • Land 7.8 sq mi (12.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,903 ft (580 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 9,086
  U.S. Census Bureau, 2010 Census
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 24301
Area code(s) 540
FIPS code 51-64880[1]
GNIS feature ID 1499922

Pulaski is a town in Pulaski County, Virginia, United States. The population was 9,086 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pulaski County.[2]

Pulaski is part of the BlacksburgChristiansburgRadford Metropolitan Statistical Area.


  • History 1
    • Historic sites 1.1
  • Geography 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Education 4
  • Recreation 5
  • Notable people 6
  • References 7
  • External links 8


Pulaski was incorporated as a town in 1886.[3] The town was named for Count Casimir Pulaski, a Revolutionary War hero from Poland.[4]

On April 8, 2011, two tornadoes hit Pulaski, which destroyed 31 buildings and damaged 77 others.[5] The tornadoes caused an estimated $1.68 million in damage.[6]

Historic sites

Calfee Athletic Field, Dalton Theatre Building, Pulaski County Courthouse, Pulaski Historic Commercial District, Pulaski Historic Residential District, and Pulaski South Historic Residential and Industrial District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


Pulaski is located at (37.050094, -80.772193).[8]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 7.8 square miles (12.5 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 9,473 people, 4,173 households, and 2,670 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,211.2 people per square mile (467.7/km2). There were 4,517 housing units at an average density of 577.6 per square mile (223.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 89.55% White, 7.75% African American, 0.12% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.96% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.02% of the population.

There were 4,173 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.8% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.0% were non-families. 31.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 7.7% from 18 to 24, 27.3% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 87.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $25,481, and the median income for a family was $36,339. Males had a median income of $28,054 versus $20,177 for females. The per capita income for the town was $21,338. About 16.1% of families and 21.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.7% of those under age 18 and 19.2% of those age 65 or over.


Pulaski County High School (Virginia) is Pulaski County's sole high school. The school is located in Dublin, Virginia and has around 1500 students. New River Community College is Pulaski County's closest school of higher learning within the county lines. New River Community College (NRCC) is a comprehensive community college located in the New River Valley of Virginia with the school physically located in Dublin, Virginia. Other significant institutions of higher learning located in the region are Wytheville Community College located in the nearby city of Wytheville, Virginia; Radford University, a four-year public, state-funded university located in Radford, Virginia and Virginia Tech, which is a public land grant polytechnic university in Blacksburg, Virginia.


The town is home to the Pulaski Yankees baseball club of the Appalachian League at Calfee Park.

The northern end of New River Trail State Park is in Pulaski. There are 6 miles of purpose built mountain bike trails on Draper Mountain, and access to rural and scenic roads for road biking.

Gatewood Park and Reservoir is 400 scenic acres nestled in the heart of the beautiful Blue Ridge Mountains of Southwest Virginia. The park is owned by The Town of Pulaski. The park features crystal emerald water, active wildlife, and the majestic beauty of the surrounding mountain peaks. Enjoy everything from camping and picnicking to fishing and boating at the park. It is accessible from Interstates 81 and 77 and offers many exciting recreational opportunities for the entire family.

Notable people


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ Tennis, Joe (2004). Southwest Virginia Crossroads: An Almanac of Place Names and Places to See. The Overmountain Press. p. 144.  
  4. ^ "Profile for Pulaski, Virginia".  
  5. ^ Weil, Martin (15 April 2011). "Va. county suffers small earthquake, 2 tornadoes".  
  6. ^ Matzke-Fawcett, Amy (19 April 2011). "Pulaski recovery efforts shaping up".  
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places.  
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Claytor Lake Online Website
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