Cerro Gordo, North Carolina

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Cerro Gordo, North Carolina
Cerro Gordo is located in North Carolina
Cerro Gordo
Cerro Gordo
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 34°19′20″N 78°55′41″W / 34.32222°N 78.92806°W / 34.32222; -78.92806Coordinates: 34°19′20″N 78°55′41″W / 34.32222°N 78.92806°W / 34.32222; -78.92806
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • MayorDavid Cliff White
 • Total0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Land0.8 sq mi (2.0 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation89 ft (27 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total207
 • Estimate (2016)[1]199
 • Density260/sq mi (100/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code28430
Area code(s)910
FIPS code37-11620[2]
GNIS feature ID0982977[3]

Cerro Gordo is a town in Columbus County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 207 at the 2010 census. According to local legend, the town received its name from a local dignitary, who, upon seeing a fight break out at the dedication of the first railroad depot, exclaimed, "This reminds me of the "Battle of Cerro Gordo".


Cerro Gordo is located at 34°19′20″N 78°55′41″W / 34.32222°N 78.92806°W / 34.32222; -78.92806 (34.322178, -78.928100).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Cerro Gordo, meaning 'fat hill' is a true statement to the lay of the land since it is found in the coastal plain region of North Carolina.

Cerro Gordo is a really flat land, with the highest elevation in Columbus county. The majority of its land is reserved from crops, cows, and hog houses. In addition to the farms, there are two local prisons, and multiple businesses, such as BP and West Columbus High School.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016199[1]−3.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 244 people, 90 households, and 68 families residing in the town. The population density was 322.8 people per square mile (124.0/km²). There were 102 housing units at an average density of 134.9 per square mile (51.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.00% White, 18.44% African American, 3.69% Native American, 2.46% Asian, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.46% of the population.

There were 90 households out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,000, and the median income for a family was $28,750. Males had a median income of $31,964 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,447. About 21.7% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 14.3% of those sixty five or over.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on May 12, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.