Introduction to Martinsville, Virginia

Martinsville, Virginia is 41 miles S of Roanoke, Virginia (center to center) and 92 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Martinsville History

Martinsville was founded by General Joseph Martin who fought in the American Revolutionary War. He had a plantation called "Scuffle Hill," situated on the banks of Smith River, which, at present, falls near the southern limits of the city. In the early years, the primary industry of the area was the manufacture of plug chewing tobacco. The Henry County area went on to acquire a reputation as the "plug tobacco capital of the world."

Martinsville and nearby Attractions

  • Martinsville Speedway
  • Oak Level Raceway
  • Philpott Lake
  • Fairy Stone State Park
  • Smith Mountain Lake
  • Piedmont Arts Association

Things To Do In Martinsville

The Virginia Museum of Natural History is a very interesting place with its scale models of prehistoric creatures, such as the dinosaur and their actual tracks. Racing fans should visit the Martinsville Speedway which hosts NASCAR races. The city’s leisure department regularly organizes a wide variety of cultural and recreational activities. The city’s museums, parks, and lakes provide a diverse array of recreational activities.

Martinsville Transportation

The Piedmont Triad International Airport is nearby.

Martinsville Higher Education

Patrick Henry Community College is the nearest college. Virginia Western Community College and the University of North Carolina at Greensboro are some distance away.


Total Population 13,624
Male Share of the Population 45.2%
Female Share of the Population 54.8%
Senior Citizens 20.4%
Employed Population 16+ 5,100
Age of the Population 42


% of people married 38.2%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 17.8%
Median Earnings25+ $28,936
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $18,902
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,077


Median Family Income $46,565
% Above Poverty Level 76.4%
% Below Poverty Level 23.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 1.9%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.1%
% Using Public Transportation 1%


People Living Alone 40.8%
Median Gross Rent $589
Median House Value $89,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 46.3%
US/American 0%
English 10.3%
Irish 5.8%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Martinsville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 41 miles S of Roanoke, Virginia (center to center)
Nearest Large City 92 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
Standard Zip Codes 24112
P.O. Box Zip Codes 24113, 24114, 24115
Phone Area Codes 276
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.68
Longitude -79.85

Martinsville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 38 to 69 F
Jul Temp 63 to 87 F
Oct Temp 41 to 70 F
Annual Precip 45.6 inches
Distance 12.4 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 46 F
Apr Temp 42 to 68 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 70 F
Annual Precip 50.3 inches
Distance 21.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 42 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 87 F
Oct Temp 44 to 68 F
Annual Precip 46.6 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Danville 42,450 $42,656
Ridgeway 850 $48,194
Rocky Mount 4,794 $47,303
Stuart 1,613 $36,313

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Martinsville Public Libraries

Blue Ridge Regional Library
Martinsville, Virginia
(276) 632-7125

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Martinsville Hospitals

(276) 666-7200
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 11.2

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