Bland County, named for the prominent Virginia patriot, Richard Bland, is situated on the edge of the southwest portion of the Great Valley of Virginia. Formed from parts of Giles, Wythe, and Tazewell Counties in 1861, the county's area is 369 square miles; it has 6,500 residents with an average population density of 17 persons pers square mile.
Nearly 78 percent of the County's total area is wooded with approximately 32 percent of the mountainous portions in the Jefferson National Forest. Gentle slopes range between Bastian and Rocky Gap and in the valleys around Ceres, Bland, and Mechanicsburg. These areas also contain cultivated portions of the county. I-77 runs through the central part of Bland County and is bringing increased industrialization and the economic properity associated with it.
Population projections for Bland County by the year 2000 is 7,900. About 80 percent of the resident increase is anticipated along the I-77 corridor. About 45 percent of the current population is concentrated in Rocky Gap, Bastian, and Bland.
Bland County Public Schools is a publicly funded organization
No. of Schools: 4
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