Pamlico County, North Carolina
|Pamlico County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Pamlico Indians|
|• Total||566 sq mi (1,466 km2)|
|• Land||337 sq mi (873 km2)|
|• Water||229 sq mi (593 km2), 40.49%|
|• Density||39/sq mi (15/km²)|
|Time zone||Eastern: UTC-5/-4|
The county was formed in 1872 from parts of Beaufort and Craven counties. It was named for Pamlico Sound, which adjoins it. Pamlico County remains rural in character and flavor, although the last decade has brought a good deal of residential development, largely the result of northern retirees and investors attracted to the many miles of waterfront property.
The county is anchored on the east by the Town of Oriental, a popular waystation for boaters traveling the Intracoastal Waterway, and by unincorporated Lowland. New Bern across the county line in Craven County to the west, is the primary trade area for Pamlico County. The unincorporated community of Olympia is in the western county.
Law and government
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 566 square miles (1,470 km2), of which, 337 square miles (870 km2) of it is land and 229 square miles (590 km2) of it (40.49%) is water.
- Beaufort County, North Carolina - north
- Hyde County, North Carolina - northeast (across Pamlico Sound)
- Carteret County, North Carolina - southeast (across the Neuse River estuary)
- Craven County, North Carolina - southwest (across the Neuse River estuary) and west
||Beaufort County||Hyde County|
|Craven County||Pamlico Sound|
|Craven County||Carteret County|
Census reports show a marked drop of nearly 10 percent in county population from 1910 to 1920, the period of the Great Migration of African Americans from rural areas of the South to northern and midwestern industrial cities offering more economic and social opportunities. Workers were recruited by northern industries, including the Pennsylvania Railroad, which was rapidly expanding at the time.
As of the census of 2000, there were 12,934 people, 5,178 households, and 3,717 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 6,781 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.17% White, 24.57% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 5,178 households out of which 25.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% 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 2.81.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.10% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 28.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $34,084, and the median income for a family was $41,659. Males had a median income of $31,806 versus $21,344 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,005. About 11.80% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.20% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
- Minnesott Beach
The county is divided into five towns townships. The county seat, Bayboro, and the largest municipality, Oriental, are both in Township 2.
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- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- Pamlico County government official website
- Pamlico County Chamber of Commerce
- NCGenWeb Pamlico County - free genealogy resources for the county
- The Pamlico News - The Weekly Newspaper for Pamlico County
- The County Compass - Weekly newspaper serving Pamlico County, NC
- TownDock.net - News - Views - Web Cams - Weather from Oriental, NC
- Official Website of the Town of Oriental