Clinton, North Carolina

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Clinton, North Carolina
City
Official seal of Clinton, North Carolina
Seal
Clinton, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Clinton, North Carolina
Clinton, North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.00250°N 78.32889°W / 35.00250; -78.32889Coordinates: 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.00250°N 78.32889°W / 35.00250; -78.32889
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
County Sampson County
Settled 1740
Incorporated 1852
Government
 • Type Council-manager
 • Mayor Lew Starling
Area
 • Total 7.75 sq mi (20.07 km2)
 • Land 7.75 sq mi (20.07 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.1 km2)
Elevation 157 ft (48 m)
Population (2011)
 • Total 8,676
 • Density 1,115/sq mi (430.4/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28328-28329
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-13240[1]
GNIS feature ID 0983293[2]
Website http://www.cityofclintonnc.com/

Clinton is the county seat of Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population of Clinton is 8,639 according to the 2010 US Census. Clinton is named for Richard Clinton, a Brigadier General of the North Carolina militia in the American Revolution (unrelated to the Clinton Family of New York).[3]

History[edit]

The first European settlers came to the Clinton area around 1740. The community was originally Clinton Courthouse. There was an earlier incorporated town of Clinton in Matthews County (now Davie County); however, the town folded in 1822. The City of Clinton was incorporated in 1852. The General Assembly appointed five commissioners: James Moseley, Isaac Boykin, Dr. Henry Bizzel, John Beaman, and Alfred Johnson. The corporate limits of the town at that time extended a half mile each way from the courthouse. The first records of an election were in February 1852 and the first tax rate was $0.50 per $100 valuation of real property. Clinton is the geographic center of the county, and because Sampson County is primarily rural farmland, Clinton developed as the major agricultural marketing center.

Clinton had a minor league baseball team in the Tobacco State League from 1946–50, which was the last stop in the colorful career of Brooklyn Dodgers All-star pitcher Van Lingle Mungo.

Geography[edit]

Clinton is located at 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.00250°N 78.32889°W / 35.00250; -78.32889 (35.002418, -78.328803).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.75 square miles (20.1 km2), 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.28%) is water.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 8,639 people, 3,392 households, and 2,068 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,114.7 people per square mile (430.4/km²). There were 3,711 housing units at an average density of 478.8 per square mile (184.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 48.9% White, 40.5% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.

There were 3,392 households, out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families; 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution of the city was 23.6% under the age of 20, 23.8% from 20 to 39, 32.1% from 40 to 64, and 21.5% age 65 years or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $25,904, and the median income for a family was $36,144. Males had a median income of $30,605 versus $21,654 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,672. About 18.1% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.5% of those under age 18 and 25.2% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]

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. ^ "A History of Sampson County". Archived from the original on 2006-10-22. Retrieved 2008-11-30. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 

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