Cameron, North Carolina

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Cameron, North Carolina
Town
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Moore County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 35°19′34″N 79°15′11″W / 35.32611°N 79.25306°W / 35.32611; -79.25306Coordinates: 35°19′34″N 79°15′11″W / 35.32611°N 79.25306°W / 35.32611; -79.25306
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Moore
Area
 • Total 1.1 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Land 1.1 sq mi (2.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 358 ft (109 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 285
 • Density 143.8/sq mi (55.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
FIPS code 37-09800[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019484[2]

Cameron is a town in Moore County, North Carolina in the United States. The population was 285 at the 2010 census.

History[edit]

Cameron grew up around a plank road that was followed in later years by a railroad. The town was planned in 1875 and incorporated in 1876. Cameron was at the end of the Raleigh and Augusta Railroad. Its location made it an ideal place of entrepreneurs to establish businesses. They built turpentine distilleries, established mercantile and hotel businesses to serve the needs of the railroad's customers and built a thriving dewberry farming and consignment operation. The dewberry became so important that Cameron was known as the "Dewberry Capital of the World." Cameron is also home to 12 antique shops and holds an "Antique Fair" two times a year on the streets of downtown. [3]

Geography[edit]

Cameron is located at 35°19′34″N 79°15′11″W / 35.32611°N 79.25306°W / 35.32611; -79.25306 (35.326096, -79.253159).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square mile (2.6 km2), all land.

Demographics[edit]

Former rail depot in Cameron

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 151 people, 66 households, and 41 families residing in the town. The population density was 143.8 people per square mile (55.5/km²). There were 78 housing units at an average density of 74.3 per square mile (28.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 64.90% White and 35.10% Black.

There were 66 households out of which 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.9% were married couples living together, 18.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 31.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town the population was spread out with 17.9% under the age of 18, 9.9% from 18 to 24, 30.5% from 25 to 44, 20.5% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 75.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $32,500, and the median income for a family was $41,964. Males had a median income of $32,917 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,337. There were 17.9% of families and 21.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 13.5% of under eighteens and 45.8% of those over 64.

Notable residents[edit]

Isabelle Mckeithen Thomas, (1923-2014) Two term Mayor of Cameron, Organists Cameron Presbyterian Church and preservationists. Upon her return to Cameron in 1978 she revived the town which now hosts numerous antique shops and a bi-annual antique fair. http://www.thepilot.com/obituaries/isabel-m-thomas/article_787db0b6-7c64-11e3-a2ec-0019bb30f31a.html

References[edit]

  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. ^ "History & Sites of Interest". Cameron Antique. Retrieved September 29, 2010. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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