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Colonial Virginia Statistics

By the Numbers

Proportion of adult white men eligible to vote in eighteenth-century Virginia: 70%
Estimated voter participation rate among Virginia's eligible voters: 40-60%2

Number of Anglican priests per capita in Virginia in 1724: 1/50,000
Number of Baptist churches in Virginia in 1769: 9
Number of Baptist churches in Virginia in 1774: 54
Estimated number of white evangelicals (Methodists, Baptists, and New Light Presbyterians) in the South by 1792: 150,000
Estimated number of black evangelicals in the South by 1792: 25,0003

Slaves as a percentage of Virginia's total population in 1680: 7
Slaves as a percentage of Virginia's total population in 1720: 30
Slaves as a percentage of Virginia's total population in 1770: 42
Number of slaves in Virginia in 1750: 100,000
Number of slaves in Virginia in 1750: 200,0004

Number of tobacco-growing acres a single slave could work: 5
Number of acres per field hand needed to meet all the needs of a plantation: 505

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