Ahoskie, North Carolina

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Ahoskie, North Carolina
Motto(s): "The Only One"
Location of Ahoskie, North Carolina
Location of Ahoskie, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°17′11″N 76°59′11″W / 36.28639°N 76.98639°W / 36.28639; -76.98639Coordinates: 36°17′11″N 76°59′11″W / 36.28639°N 76.98639°W / 36.28639; -76.98639
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Hertford
 • Mayor Jimmie Rowe
 • Total 4.31 sq mi (11.2 km2)
 • Land 4.31 sq mi (11.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 46 ft (14 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,039
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 4,980
 • Density 1,200/sq mi (450/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code 27910
Area code(s) 252 Exchanges: 209,332,862
FIPS code 37-00500[2]
GNIS feature ID 0980063[3]
Website http://www.ahoskie.org/

Ahoskie /əˈhɒski/ (About this sound listen)[4] is a town in Hertford County, North Carolina. The population was 5,039 at the 2010 census. Ahoskie is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks region. Its nickname is "The Only One" because no other town in the world is known by the same name. The origin of the word Ahoskie, which was originally spelled "Ahotsky," came from the Wyanoke Indians who entered the Hertford County area at the beginning of European settlement.[citation needed]


This area's economy was initially based on the cultivation of tobacco and cotton. It has continued to be largely rural with small towns.

The town has both historic districts and individual buildings listed on the National Register of Historic Places: the Ahoskie Historic District, Ahoskie Downtown Historic District, and East End Historic District; and Ahoskie School, Roberts H. Jernigan House, King-Casper-Ward-Bazemore House, William Mitchell House, Mulberry Grove, and James Newsome House.[5] The town has highlighted these resources to encourage heritage tourism.


Ahoskie is located at 36°17′11″N 76°59′11″W / 36.28639°N 76.98639°W / 36.28639; -76.98639 (36.286439, -76.986436).[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.31 square miles.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20164,980[1]−1.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 5,039 people, 2,062 households, and 1,263 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,169 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,309 housing units at an average density of 536 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 66.6% African American, 28.5% White, 1.50% Native American, 1.3% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 2,062 households out of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18, 43.0% were married couples living together, 25.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.01.

The population ages were distributed with 28.1% under the age of 20, 5.7% from 20 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,438, and the median income for a family was $37,833. Males had a median income of $36,711 versus $27,398 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,648. About 19.8% of families and 26.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.

Business and college[edit]

Ahoskie is home to the Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald newspaper. In nearby Cofield there is a steel rolling mill owned and operated by Nucor Steel. Roanoke-Chowan Community College is located just outside Ahoskie in Union.

In the late 1990s, the town of Ahoskie donated a former elementary school to the Shaw University, based in Raleigh. It established a C.A.P.E. centers, to help improve and enhance the vocational and educational skills of individuals in lower-class communities in the surrounding area.

Notable people[edit]

In popular culture[edit]

  • In 2004-2005, a full-length independent film was shot on location in Ahoskie and the nearby counties of Bertie and Gates. From Midnight to Morning, Baby set scenes in many local establishments, such as the Gallery Theatre and Mugg Shotz coffee house. At Night with No Curtains was filmed there in 2004.[10] Both were directed by Ian Hayes Brett.[11]
  • The 2009 movie Mississippi Damned was filmed, in part, in Ahoskie.
  • The author William Styron refers to the town in his short story "My Father's House," published posthumously in 2009.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ Talk Like A Tarheel, from the North Carolina Collection's website at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2012-09-18.
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  7. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Ian Hayes Brett". IMDb. Retrieved September 13, 2017. 
  9. ^ "Devon Smith". NFL.com. Retrieved September 12, 2017. 
  10. ^ North Carolina, USA&ref_=tt_dt_dt Ahoskie, North Carolina, filming location, IMDB
  11. ^ [1], IMDb

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