Broadway, Virginia

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Broadway, Virginia
Main Street in Broadway
Main Street in Broadway
Official seal of Broadway, Virginia
Location of Broadway, Virginia
Location of Broadway, Virginia
Coordinates: 38°36′43″N 78°47′57″W / 38.61194°N 78.79917°W / 38.61194; -78.79917Coordinates: 38°36′43″N 78°47′57″W / 38.61194°N 78.79917°W / 38.61194; -78.79917
CountryUnited States
 • MayorTim Proctor
 • Town ManagerKyle O'Brien
 • Total2.40 sq mi (6.22 km2)
 • Land2.38 sq mi (6.15 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.07 km2)
1,043 ft (318 m)
 • Total3,691
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,674.95/sq mi (646.57/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)540
FIPS code51-10040[3]
GNIS feature ID1492636[4]
WebsiteOfficial website

Broadway is a town in Rockingham County, Virginia, United States. The population was 3,691 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Harrisonburg Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Bethlehem Church, Lincoln Homestead and Cemetery, Linville Creek Bridge, Sites House, and Tunker House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


Broadway is located at 38°36′43″N 78°47′57″W / 38.61194°N 78.79917°W / 38.61194; -78.79917 (38.611954, -78.799192).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km²), all of it land.

View north along SR 42 and east along SR 259 in Broadway


The primary roads serving Broadway are Virginia State Route 42 and Virginia State Route 259, which run concurrently for a short distance within the town limits. SR 42 connects north to Timberville, where it connects to Virginia State Route 211, and south to Harrisonburg, where it connects with U.S. Route 33. SR 259 connects east to Interstate 81 and west to West Virginia. An alternate routing of SR 259 also serves as a main road within Broadway.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,978[2]7.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

At the 2000 census there were 2,192 people, 882 households, and 610 families in the town. The population density was 1,202.5 people per square mile (465.0/km²). There were 976 housing units at an average density of 535.4 per square mile (207.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.22% White, 0.64% African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.59% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.06%.[3]

Of the 882 households 31.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 54.6% were married couples living together, 9.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.8% were non-families. 25.9% of households were one person and 9.9% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.91.

The age distribution was 24.0% under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 22.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.2% 65 or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.1 males.

The median household income was $40,167 and the median family income was $45,066. Males had a median income of $27,181 versus $20,930 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,274. About 5.1% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.7% of those under age 18 and 11.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

The Shank family lived in Broadway, VA. Samuel Shank II (b. 1828) married Catherine Rhodes ~1851. His father was Samuel Shank I (b.1790) and his grandfather was Henry Shank (b.1758). Henry was the first Mennonite Bishop in VA. Both Samuel I and Samuel II were also a Mennonite bishop and minister.


  • The town is home to the Broadway Bruins, a baseball team in the Rockingham County Baseball League. The Bruins play home games at Broadway High School's baseball field.
  • The 2010 Broadway High School basketball team lost in the state finals in double overtime.
  • The 2011 Broadway High School football team lost in the state semifinals.
  • The 2014 Broadway High School girls' basketball team lost to cross-county rival Spotswood High School 56-49 in the Class 3A state finals.[8]
  • The 2017 Broadway High School girls' basketball team won the 2017 Class 3a state championship, 51-41, over Magna Vista High School.[9]


The climate in this area is characterized by hot, humid summers and generally mild to cool winters. According to the Köppen Climate Classification system, Broadway has a humid subtropical climate, abbreviated "Cfa" on climate maps.[10]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved August 7, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "Broadway". Geographic Names Information System. United States Geological Survey.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
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  10. ^ Climate Summary for Broadway, Virginia