Wilson County, North Carolina

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Wilson County, North Carolina
Seal of Wilson County, North Carolina
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Wilson County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1855
Named for Louis Dicken Wilson
Seat Wilson
Largest city Wilson
Area
 • Total 374 sq mi (969 km2)
 • Land 371 sq mi (961 km2)
 • Water 3 sq mi (8 km2), 0.85%
Population
 • (2010) 81,234
 • Density 199/sq mi (77/km²)
Congressional districts 1st, 13th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.wilson-co.com

Wilson County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 81,234.[1] The county seat is Wilson.[2]

Wilson County comprises the Wilson, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Rocky Mount-Wilson-Roanoke Rapids, NC Combined Statistical Area

History[edit]

The county was formed in 1855 from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County. It was named for Louis Dicken Wilson, a state legislator from Edgecombe County and a colonel in the Mexican-American War, who died of fever at Veracruz in 1847.

Law and government[edit]

Wilson County is a member of the regional Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments.

Wilson County has several law enforcement agencies. Those agencies are as follows:

  • Wilson County Sheriff's Office
  • Wilson Police Department (City of Wilson)
  • Stantonsburg Police Department (Town of Stantonsburg)
  • Black Creek Police Department (Town of Black Creek)
  • Sharpsburg Police Department (Town of Sharpsburg)

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 374 square miles (970 km2), of which 371 square miles (960 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) (0.85%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

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Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 9,720
1870 12,258 26.1%
1880 16,064 31.0%
1890 18,644 16.1%
1900 23,596 26.6%
1910 28,269 19.8%
1920 36,813 30.2%
1930 44,914 22.0%
1940 50,219 11.8%
1950 54,506 8.5%
1960 57,716 5.9%
1970 57,486 −0.4%
1980 63,132 9.8%
1990 66,061 4.6%
2000 73,814 11.7%
2010 81,234 10.1%
Est. 2012 81,867 0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2000, there 73,814 people, 28,613 households, and 19,771 families residing in the county. The population density was 199 people per square mile (77/km²). There were 30,729 housing units at an average density of 83 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 55.83% White, 39.33% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 6.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 28,613 households out of which 31.90% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.10% were married couples living together, 16.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.90% were non-families. 26.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.60% under the age of 18, 9.10% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.20 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $33,116, and the median income for a family was $41,551. Males had a median income of $30,364 versus $21,997 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,102. About 13.80% of families and 18.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.70% of those under age 18 and 21.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

Map of Wilson County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into ten townships: Black Creek, Cross Roads, Gardners, Old Fields, Saratoga, Springhill, Stantonsburg, Taylors, Toisnot, and Wilson.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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Coordinates: 35°42′N 77°55′W / 35.70°N 77.92°W / 35.70; -77.92