Burgaw, North Carolina

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Burgaw, North Carolina
Official seal of Burgaw, North Carolina
Location of Burgaw, North Carolina
Location of Burgaw, North Carolina
Coordinates: 34°33′2″N 77°55′34″W / 34.55056°N 77.92611°W / 34.55056; -77.92611Coordinates: 34°33′2″N 77°55′34″W / 34.55056°N 77.92611°W / 34.55056; -77.92611
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Pender
Settled 1850
Incorporated 1879
 • Total 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Land 3.4 sq mi (8.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 46 ft (14 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 3,872
 • Density 971.6/sq mi (375.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28425
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-08960[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019409[2]
Website http://townofburgaw.com/

Burgaw is a town in Pender County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,872 at the 2010 census. It is the county seat of Pender County.[3]

Burgaw is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area. The outside filming of the series "Under The Dome" took place in Burgaw.


The Bannerman House, Burgaw Depot, Burgaw Historic District, and Pender County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]

On May 1, 2013 the Burgaw Police Department had 21 employees, but by April 22, 2015 it had lost 14 of them. As of April 22, 2015 it had no police chief and the town officials are asking for police recruits.[5]


Burgaw is located at 34°33′2″N 77°55′34″W / 34.55056°N 77.92611°W / 34.55056; -77.92611 (34.550506, -77.926075).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2).3.4 square miles (8.9 km²) of it is land and 0.29% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,337 people, 954 households, and 649 families residing in the town. The population density was 971.6 people per square mile (375.6/km²). There were 1,051 housing units at an average density of 306.0 per square mile (118.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 51.21% White, 44.89% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 2.10% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.50% of the population.

There were 954 households out of which 33.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.7% were married couples living together, 22.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 28.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the town the population was spread out with 18.8% under the age of 18, 9.2% from 18 to 24, 34.0% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 128.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 137.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,819, and the median income for a family was $36,813. Males had a median income of $29,750 versus $21,792 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,831. About 13.0% of families and 19.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.1% of those under age 18 and 20.2% of those age 65 or over.


The town hosts two annual festivals: the "Spring Fest" started in 1978; it is a festival of homemade crafts and food. Everything displayed and sold around the Court House Square is homemade, and represents the different talents of those from the Pender County area.

The Blueberry Festival started in 2004. In the past it has attracted more than 30,000 people.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  5. ^ "Burgaw PD faces staffing shortfall" (Archive). WWAY-TV. April 22, 2015. Retrieved on May 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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