Littleton, North Carolina

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Littleton, North Carolina
Town
Location of Littleton, North Carolina
Location of Littleton, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°26′3″N 77°54′42″W / 36.43417°N 77.91167°W / 36.43417; -77.91167Coordinates: 36°26′3″N 77°54′42″W / 36.43417°N 77.91167°W / 36.43417; -77.91167
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Halifax
Area
 • Total 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Land 1.0 sq mi (2.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 387 ft (118 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 674
 • Density 720.5/sq mi (278.2/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27850
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-38680[1]
GNIS feature ID 0988811[2]

Littleton is a town in Halifax County, North Carolina, United States which was formerly known as "Little People Town". The population was 674 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

Littleton is located at 36°26′03″N 77°54′42″W / 36.434208°N 77.911680°W / 36.434208; -77.911680.[3]

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

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 692 people, 333 households, and 201 families residing in the town. The population density was 720.5 people per square mile (278.3/km2). There were 378 housing units at an average density of 393.6 per square mile (152.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 54.34% White, 42.77% African American, 0.29% Native American, 0.43% Asian, 1.16% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.16% of the population.

There were 333 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.7% were married couples living together, 20.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.6% were non-families. 38.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.70.

In the town the population was spread out with 21.5% under the age of 18, 5.3% from 18 to 24, 20.2% from 25 to 44, 25.7% from 45 to 64, and 27.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47 years. For every 100 females there were 68.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 65.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,182, and the median income for a family was $37,500. Males had a median income of $29,583 versus $22,375 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,901. About 19.1% of families and 22.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 17.5% of those age 65 or over.

History[edit]

Littleton was named after William Little, a state senator at the time of founding. In 1882, Littleton College for women was founded with an initial enrollment of eleven students. The college became relatively successful with a peak enrollment of 285 in 1908. On January 22, 1919, the college was destroyed by fire, and without an endowment, it was never rebuilt.[4]

On April 20, 2011, St. Alban's Episcopal Church 300 Mosby Avenue was added to the National Register of Historic Places.[5]

Originally Littleton was divided between the counties of Warren and Halifax,but in July 1, 1974 an election was made to make Littleton only to be a part of Halifax County

Famous residents[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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Gone But Not Forgotten - North Carolina's Educational Past - Littleton College
  5. ^ National Park Service NRHP new listings week of April 29, 2011
  6. ^ Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896. Marquis Who's Who. 1967.