Camden County, North Carolina
Camden County Courthouse. Photographed in 1940.
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden|
|• Total||310 sq mi (800 km2)|
|• Land||241 sq mi (620 km2)|
|• Water||70 sq mi (200 km2) 22%%|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||41/sq mi (16/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Camden County is a county located in the American state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,980, making it the fourth-least populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Camden.
The county was formed in 1777 from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County. It was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord Camden, who had opposed the Stamp Act. The county is the site of the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal. It was the site of the Battle of South Mills on April 19, 1862 during the American Civil War, which was a minor victory to the Confederacy.
Though technically there are (or were) no incorporated municipalities in Camden County (with the exception of a small portion of Elizabeth City, most of which is in bordering Pasqoutank County), the county became the first consolidated city-county entity in North Carolina in June 2006.
|Camden County, NC|
|Climate chart (explanation)|
National protected area
- City of Suffolk, Virginia - north
- City of Chesapeake, Virginia - north
- Currituck County - east
- Pasquotank County - south and west
- Gates County - northwest
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 9,980 people, 2,662 households, and 2,023 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km2). There were 2,973 housing units at an average density of 12/sq mi (5/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 82.1% White, 13.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 2,662 households, out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $39,493, and the median income for a family was $45,387. Males had a median income of $36,274 versus $24,875 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,681. 10.10% of the population and 7.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.60% are under the age of 18 and 20.30% are 65 or older.
There are five schools in Camden County: Grandy Primary School, Camden Intermediate School, Camden Middle School, Camden County High School, and Camden Early College. However one other former school lies in Shiloh. It was a community school for the Shiloh area. The school is now home to a general store with the Topside Restaurant on top. The Shiloh School sign is still visible on the top of the facade at the front of the building.
- Elizabeth City (mostly in Pasquotank County)
Other unincorporated communities
- South Mills
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