Mount Olive, North Carolina
|Mount Olive, North Carolina|
|• Total||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)|
|• Land||2.5 sq mi (6.5 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||157 ft (48 m)|
|• Density||1,819.3/sq mi (702.4/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0990457|
Mount Olive is a town in Wayne and Duplin counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 4,589 at the 2010 census. It is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is home to the Mt. Olive Pickle Company, Hwy 55 Burgers, Shakes & Fries, Handy Mart and University of Mount Olive.
Mount Olive is located at (35.195086, -78.067528).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.5 square miles (6.5 km²), all land.
Mount Olive is part of the Coastal Plain region.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,567 people, 1,770 households, and 1,125 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,819.3 people per square mile (702.5/km²). There were 2,012 housing units at an average density of 801.5 per square mile (309.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 82.98% White, 12.30% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.11% Pacific Islander, 1.34% from other races, and 0.96% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.17% of the population.
There were 1,770 households out of which 25.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.8% were married couples living together, 22.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 36.4% were non-families. 32.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.9% under the age of 18, 14.0% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 21.1% from 45 to 64, and 19.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 77.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $23,984, and the median income for a family was $31,176. Males had a median income of $26,814 versus $19,224 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,184. About 16.4% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.6% of those under age 18 and 21.6% of those age 65 or over.
Haitian immigration wave
Between 2010 and 2012, as many as 3,000 Haitians, from toddlers to grandmothers, have settled in and around Mount Olive. Their arrival seemed to happen overnight; the 2010 census counted no Haitians in that area. The newcomers' lure: the Butterball turkey processing plant and a handful of other meat producers within commuting distance of Mount Olive.
Jim Johnson, a professor at the Kenan Flagler School of Business at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, said the new wave of Haitians in Eastern North Carolina is the classic immigrant labor story. "The jobs at Butterball are what we can call 3D: dirty, difficult and dangerous," Johnson said. "Nobody wants to do them, and the immigrants fill the gap." 
The Mt. Olive Pickle Company, established in 1926, is located appropriately enough on the corner of Cucumber and Vine streets.
The North Carolina Pickle Festival is held the last full weekend of April each year. The annual celebration is put on by both the community of Mount Olive and the Mt. Olive Pickle Company.
On New Year's Eve, the Mt. Olive Pickle Company celebrates in unusual fashion by dropping a three-foot pickle down a flagpole into a pickle tank. However, instead of midnight local time, the drop takes place at 7 p.m. The event first took place on New Year's Eve 1999.
Mount Olive is part of the coastal plains.
Education in Mount Olive is administered by the Wayne County Public School system. Schools located in the town include Carver Elementary School and Mount Olive Middle School. On the outskirts of town is Southern Wayne High School in Dudley, North Carolina. Higher education is offered through Wayne Community College in Goldsboro and the private, liberal arts institution University of Mount Olive.
- Air: Mount Olive is served through Mount Olive Municipal Airport for corporate and general aviation aircraft and nearby Kinston Regional Jetport (IATA: ISO, ICAO: KISO) with service to Orlando, Florida. Raleigh-Durham International Airport is the closest major airport with service to more than 45 domestic and international destinations.
- Interstate Highway: I-40 is the closest Interstate to Mount Olive, which is located 9 miles south near Faison.
- Mount Olive is not served directly by passenger trains. The closest Amtrak station is located in Selma.
- Bus: The area is served by Greyhound with a location in nearby Goldsboro.
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- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- North Carolina Pickle Festival - Mount Olive, NC
- Giant Pickle Ready for Mt. Olive New Year's Celebration :: WRAL.com
- Preston, Julia. "Rules Collide With Reality In the Immigration Debate." The New York Times. May 29, 2006. 1. Retrieved on September 20, 2011.
- Official website
- Mount Olive Chamber of Commere
- Mount Olive Tribune, a local newspaper
- North Carolina Pickle Fest
- University of Mount Olive