is a town in Rockbridge County
As of the census of 2000, there were 20,808 people, 8,486 households, and 6,075 families residing in the county. The population density was 35 people per square mile . There were 9,550 housing units at an average density of 16 per square mile...
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, United States
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. The population was 406 at the 2000 census. The town is known amongst the Boy Scouts of America
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for hosting Goshen Scout Reservation, one of the largest Boy Scout camps in America.
In February 2009 the BSA announced that the area would be the full time home to the quadrennial national Scout jamboree
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however in August 2009 the BSA announced they are no longer considering Goshen for the new Jamboree home.
Goshen is located at 37.989100°N 79.498603°W (37.989100, -79.498603).
According to the United States Census Bureau
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, the town has a total area of 1.7 square miles (4.5 km2
), all of it land.
The Calfpasture River
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flows through Goshen, just before joining the Little Calfpasture River to form the Maury River
The Maury River is a tributary of the James River in west-central Virginia in the United States. Via the James River, it is part of the watershed of Chesapeake Bay.The Maury flows for its entire length in Rockbridge County...
As of the census
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of 2000, there were 406 people, 179 households, and 107 families residing in the town. The population density
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was 233.5 people per square mile (90.1/km2
). There were 214 housing units at an average density of 123.1 per square mile (47.5/km2
). The racial makeup of the town was 96.31% White and 3.69% African American.
There were 179 households out of which 27.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.7% were married couples
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living together, 16.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.7% were non-families. 33.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.90.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.6% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 16.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.2 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $23,958, and the median income for a family was $30,455. Males had a median income of $25,227 versus $18,250 for females. The per capita income
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for the town was $14,400. About 17.3% of families and 18.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 20.2% of those under age 18 and 17.4% of those age 65 or over.
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