Located close to North Carolina's northern border, Martinsville is a small city of 12,554 residents, as of 2019 U.S. census estimates. In 2019, almost 49% of residents were white, 47% were African American and 5.4% were Hispanic. The median household income was $33,224 compared to the state median of $71,564, according to census info for 2014-2018.
Residents and visitors to Martinsville enjoy the Martinsville Speedway, which hosts NASCAR races among other events. With one park per square mile in the city, residents have access to walking trails, biking paths, tennis courts, playgrounds and ball fields. The TGIF concert series is a popular event that offers outdoor concerts in the summer. Martinsville is home to the Virginia Museum of Natural History and the city-owned baseball team, The Mustangs, while numerous lakes can be found nearby.
Martinsville has one school: Patrick Henry Community College. This college enrolls about 2,200 students in its 15 associate's degree and over 50 certificate programs. An additional 40 schools are located within 50 miles of Martinsville, although some of these are in North Carolina.
Ferrum College is the closest to the city, located almost 20 miles away in Ferrum, VA. This private 4-year school has bachelor's degrees in 33 study areas and serves around 1,000 students. Averett University is in Danville, VA, which is 25 miles from Martinsville. It offers associate's, bachelor's and master's degrees and was ranked 15th among regional colleges in the South in 2020, by U.S. News & World Report.
Other in-state colleges include Hollins University, Virginia Western Community College and Jefferson College of Health Sciences.
Roanoke College, in Salem, VA, is about 40 miles from Martinsville. It was tied for #40 on the list of best undergraduate teaching and tied for #130 among national liberal arts colleges in 2020, by U.S. News & World Report.
Main Industries and Employers
The main industries by number of employees in Martinsville are healthcare and social assistance, retail trade, administrative and support and waste services and local government. Major employers in Martinsville include Memorial Hospital of Martinsville, Martinsville City Schools, Advantage Staffing Resources, Southern Finishing Company and the City of Martinsville.
Numerous manufacturing facilities are found here, including textile, furniture, plastics, cardboard box and modular home manufacturers.