- Edgecombe County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Edgecombe County
state = North Carolina
map size = 250
founded = 1741
seat = Tarboro | area_total_sq_mi =507
area percentage = 0.31%
census yr = 2000
pop = 55606
Edgecombe County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof North Carolina. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North CarolinaMetropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2000, the population was 55,606. Its county seatis TarboroGR|6.
In 1746 part of Edgecombe County became Granville County; in 1758 another part became Halifax County; in 1777 yet another part became Nash County. In 1855 the formation of Wilson County from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County reduced Edgecombe to its present dimensions, aside from minor boundary adjustments.
Edgecombe County was historically home to the Tuscarora Indians.Today there are many descendents of the Tuscarora still living in certain areas of the county.
Law and government
Edgecombe 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 507
square miles (1,312 km²), of which, 505 square miles (1,308 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (4 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.
The county is divided into fourteen townships, which are both numbered and named: 1 (Tarboro), 2 (Lower Conetoe), 3 (Upper Conetoe), 4 (Deep Creek), 5 (Lower Fishing Creek), 6 (Upper Fishing Creek), 7 (Swift Creek), 8 (Sparta), 9 (Otter Creek), 10 (Lower Town Creek), 11 (Walnut Creek), 12 (Rocky Mount), 13 (Cokey), and 14 (Upper Town Creek).
Halifax County, North Carolina- northeast
Martin County, North Carolina- east
Pitt County, North Carolina- southeast
Wilson County, North Carolina- southwest
Nash County, North Carolina- northwest
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 55,606 people, 20,392 households, and 14,804 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 110 people per square mile (43/km²). There were 24,002 housing units at an average density of 48 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 40.06% White, 57.46% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.13% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 1.56% from other races, and 0.58% from two or more races. 2.79% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 20,392 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.20% were married couples living together, 21.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.40% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.67 and the average family size was 3.16.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 28.40% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 86.80 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $30,983, and the median income for a family was $35,902. Males had a median income of $27,300 versus $21,649 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $14,435. About 16.00% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.50% of those under age 18 and 18.40% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Duncan Lamont Clinch(1787-1849), born at Ard-Lamont in Edgecombe County, American Army officer in the First and Second Seminole Warscite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | location=Chicago | date = 1963]
*Dorsey Pender (1834-1863), born at Pender's Crossroads in Edgecombe County,
Major Generalin the Confederate Army.
Henry Hugh Shelton,Four Star General and Former Chairman of the Joint Chiefs of Staff, Appointed by President Clinton President
* [http://www.edgecombecountync.gov/ Edgecombe County government official website]
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