- Stokes County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Stokes County
state = North Carolina
map size = 1000
founded = 1789
seat = Danbury | area_total_sq_mi =456
area percentage = 0.89%
census yr = 2000
pop = 44711
web = www.co.stokes.nc.us
Stokes County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 44,711. Its county seatis DanburyGR|6.
The county was formed in 1789 from Surry County. It was named for John Stokes, an
American Revolutionary Warcaptain severely wounded when British Colonel Banastre Tarleton's cavalry practically destroyed Col. Abraham Buford's Virginia regiment in the Waxhawsregion in 1780. After the war, Captain Stokes was appointed a judge of the United States district courtfor North Carolina. In 1849 the southern half of Stokes County became Forsyth County.Fact|date=February 2007 Hanging Rock State Parkwas formed primarily from blocks of land donated in 1936 and contained convert|6921|acre|km2 in 2005. Many of the facilities in the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corpsbetween 1935 and 1942. The park is located atop the Sauratown Mountains, and contains a visitor's center, a manmade lake, and plenty of hiking trails, climbing trails, picnic areas, and campgrounds.
Law and government
Stokes County is a member of the regional
Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments.Stokes County government is made up of 5 Elected County Commissioners with an Appointed County Manager. Other Elected Officials are the Sheriff, Clerk of Court, and Register of Deeds. School Board Members are Elected to a 5 Member Board who appoint a Superintendent.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 456 square miles (1,181 km²), of which, 452 square miles (1,170 km²) of it is land and 4 square miles (10 km²) of it (0.89%) is water. The county lies within the Piedmont region of western North Carolina, and most of the terrain consists of gently rolling countryside. However, the
Saura Mountains(sometimes called the Sauratown Mountains) run across the center of the county. The Sauras are named after the SauraNative American tribe which lived in the county before European settlement. A chain of jagged ridges, the Sauratown Mountains are an isolated remnant of the Blue Ridge Mountains far to the west. Although the Sauratown Mountains occupy only 5% of Stokes County, they dominate the scenery from almost any direction, abruptly rising from 800 to convert|1700|ft|m above the surrounding terrain. Moore's Knob, the highest point in the chain, rises to convert|2579|ft|m. Most of the county is less than convert|1000|ft|m above sea level. The Dan River runs from the Northwest Corner to the Southeastern section of Stokes County (Covering over 56 Miles of River Recreation). Stokes County home to Hanging Rock State Parkand also has the mass majority of Belews Lake (located in the southeast corner).
Stokes County is divided into nine townships: Beaver Island, Big Creek, Danbury, Meadows, Peters Creek, Quaker Gap, Sauratown, Snow Creek, & Yadkin.
Patrick County, Virginia- north
Henry County, Virginia- north-northeast
Rockingham County, North Carolina- east
Forsyth County, North Carolina- south
Surry County, North Carolina- west
Parts of Stokes County are in the
Yadkin Valley wine region.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 44,711 people, 17,579 households, and 13,043 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 99 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 19,262 housing units at an average density of 43 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.43% White, 4.66% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 17,579 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% 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 2.94.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 31.40% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,808, and the median income for a family was $44,615. Males had a median income of $30,824 versus $24,319 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $18,130. About 6.90% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
* [http://www.co.stokes.nc.us Stokes County government official website]
* [http://stokescounty.org/stokesrecreation.htm Stokes County recreation]
* [http://www.stokescounty.org/ Stokes County Economic Development]
* [http://www.piedmontcommunities.us/servlet/go_ProcServ/dbpage=page&gid=01216001150986273447978601 Stokes County Historical Society]
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