Clinton, North Carolina
|Clinton, North Carolina|
|• Mayor||Lew Starling|
|• 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)|
|• Density||1,122/sq mi (433.3/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0983293|
Clinton is a city and 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.
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, that town folded in 1822 and the Town of Clinton was incorporated in 1822. In 1852, the General Assembly passed several acts to improve regulation of towns, including Clinton. As part of the "Act for the Better Regulation of the Town of Clinton in the County of Sampson," 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. In July 1953, the town officially changed its name to the City of Clinton.
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 is also where future 13th Vice President William R. King, (1786-1853), later of Alabama, under 14th President Franklin Pierce, (1804-1869), of New Hampshire, was born and began his legal career. He died shortly after being separately sworn-in and inaugurated in March 1853 in Havana, Cuba, the only one so done on foreign soil.
The Bethune-Powell Buildings, Gen. Thomas Boykin House, Clinton Commercial Historic District, Clinton Depot, College Street Historic District, Graves-Stewart House, Robert Herring House, Johnson Building, Marcheston Killett Farm, Livingston Oates Farm, Patrick-Carr-Herring House, Pigford House, Pope House, Francis Pugh House, Pugh-Boykin House, Royal-Crumpler-Parker House, and West Main-North Chesnutt Streets Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Clinton is located at (35.002418, -78.328803).
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.
As of the census 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.
According to the US Census 2013 Community Survey, the median household income in the city is $32,927, and the median family income is $52,100. The per capita income for the city is $24,119. About 20.2% of families and 27.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.2% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.
- Sam Aiken - Former NFL player
- Lauch Faircloth - U.S. Senator (R-NC) 1993-99, born: Jan. 14, 1928
- Gwendolyn Faison - Former Mayor of Camden, New Jersey (2000-2010)
- Pearl Fryar - Topiary Artist
- Leonard Henry - Former NFL player
- Gabriel Holmes - 21st Governor of North Carolina 1821–1824, (1769 - Sep. 26, 1829)
- Theophilus H. Holmes - U.S. Army officer and Confederate general in the American Civil War (Nov. 13, 1804 – Jun. 21, 1880)
- William Rufus DeVane King - 13th Vice-President of the United States, (Apr. 7, 1786 – Apr. 18, 1853)
- Jerris McPhail - Former NFL player
- Van Lingle Mungo - Baseball pitcher
- Dennis Owens - Former NFL player
- Willie Parker - Former NFL player
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- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
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- Official Clinton, NC website
- Downtown Clinton, NC website
- Clinton-Sampson Chamber of Commerce
- Clinton City Schools
- Sampson Community College
- Sampson County Arts Council
- Sampson Community Theatre
- Sampson County History Museum
- Sampson County Convention & Visitors Bureau