- Wilson County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Wilson County
state = North Carolina
map size = 250
founded = 1855
seat = Wilson | area_total_sq_mi =374
area_land_sq_mi = 371
area percentage = 0.85%
census yr = 2000
pop = 73814
web = www.wilson-co.com
Wilson County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof North Carolina. As of 2000, the est population is 73,814. The county seat is WilsonGR|6.
The county was formed in 1855 from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County. It was named for
Louis Dicken Wilson, a state legislator from Edgecombe County and a colonel in the Mexican-American War, who died of fever at Veracruz in 1847.
Law and government
Wilson County is a member of the regional
Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 374
square miles (969 km²), of which, 371 square miles (961 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.
The county is divided into ten townships: Black Creek, Cross Roads, Gardners, Old Fields, Saratoga, Springhill, Stantonsburg, Taylors, Toisnot, and Wilson.
Nash County, North Carolina- north
Edgecombe County, North Carolina- northeast
Pitt County, North Carolina- east
Greene County, North Carolina- southeast
Wayne County, North Carolina- south
Johnston County, North Carolina- southwest
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2006, there 73,814 people, 28,613 households, and 19,771 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 199 people per square mile (77/km²). There were 30,729 housing units at an average density of 83 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 55.83% White, 39.33% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 6.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 28,613 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.10% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.03.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.20 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $33,116, and the median income for a family was $41,551. Males had a median income of $30,364 versus $21,997 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $17,102. About 13.80% of families and 18.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.70% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
* [http://www.wilson-co.com Wilson County government official website]
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