The Hills Are Alive

Keeping with yesterday's population density topic, and with a nod to the 50th anniversary of "The Sound of Music".... known as "Virginia's Switzerland" or "Virginia's Little Switzerland", Highland County is the least populous county in Virginia. Highland also lays claim to being one of the least populous counties and one of the highest average elevations east of the Mississippi River. Historically, agriculture has played a significant role in the economy of Highland County. Cattle grazing is especially suited for the area as the mountainous terrain leaves only a small fraction of the total land suitable for cultivation. Agricultural purposes use approximately 36% of the county's land and 28% is part of the George Washington National Forest. The highest elevation in Highland is 4,545 feet. By comparison, the average height of the real Swiss Alps is 5576 ft! Yodel-le-he-hoo!

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