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The Commonwealth of Virginia is divided into ninety-five counties and thirty-eight independent cities, which are considered county-equivalents for census purposes.

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City of Galax, Virginia

City of Galax Education, Geography, and HistoryGalax, Virginia Municipal Building

Galax is an independent city in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 7,042. The Bureau of Economic Analysis combines the city of Galax with neighboring Carroll County for statistical purposes. Galax is bounded to the northeast by Carroll County and to the southwest by Grayson County

Etymology - Origin of City of Galax Name

It received its present name from the mountain evergreen that grows profusely in the surrounding area.

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Galax City History

Galax is an independent city located in the southwestern part of the Commonwealth of Virginia

Galax, in Grayson and Carroll counties, was first called Bonaparte. It received its present name from the mountain evergreen that grows profusely in the surrounding area. It was incorporated as a town in 1906 and became a city by court order in 1954. The population is 6,837 according to the 2000 census

Galax, Virginia incorporated as a town in 1906 and incorporated as a city in 1953. Located in Carroll and Grayson Counties, Virginia. Originally named Bonaparte. [Virginia Genealogy, Sources & Resources, by Carol McGinnis, Genealogical Publishing Inc., Baltimore, MD, 1993.]

Geography: Land and Water

The United States Census Bureau says the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.3 km2), all of it land.

Galax is located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Southwest Virginia on the Carroll-Grayson County line. Situated nine miles west of I-77, the city also is served by US highways 58/221 and 52 along with VA Rt. 89. It is 82 miles southwest of Roanoke and 68 miles northwest of Winston-Salem, NC.

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Bordering counties are as follows:

Located in the Blue Ridge mountains of Southwest Virginia on the Carroll-Grayson County line

  • Carroll County to the east
  • Grayson County to the west

Education

Galax is served by the Galax City Public School Division

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