Columbus County, North Carolina
|Columbus County, North Carolina|
Columbus County Courthouse, Whiteville
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Christopher Columbus|
|• Total||954 sq mi (2,471 km2)|
|• Land||937 sq mi (2,427 km2)|
|• Water||17 sq mi (44 km2), 1.76%|
|• Density||60/sq mi (23/km²)|
Law and government
Columbus County is a member of the regional Cape Fear Council of Governments.
- Bladen County, North Carolina - north
- Pender County, North Carolina - northeast
- Brunswick County, North Carolina - southeast
- Horry County, South Carolina - southwest
- Robeson County, North Carolina - northwest
||Robeson County||Bladen County||Pender County|
|Horry County, South Carolina||Brunswick County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 54,749 people, 21,308 households, and 15,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 58/sq mi (23/km²). As of 2004, there were 24,668 housing units at an average density of 26/sq mi (10/km²). The racial makeup for the county was 68.9% White, 23.1% Black or African American, 5.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 4.7% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. 2.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
By 2005 62.3% of the county population was White. 31.1% of the population was African-American. 3.2% of the population was Native American. 2.8% of the population was Latino.
There were 21,308 households out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.80% were married couples living together, 15.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.
The 2003 median income for a household in the county was $27,659, and the median income for a family was a little more than $33,800. Males had a median income of $28,494 versus $19,867 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,415. About 17.60% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.00% of those under age 18 and 25.50% of those age 65 or over.
The county has seven incorporated towns: Bolton, Cerro Gordo, Chadbourn, Fair Bluff, Tabor City, Lake Waccamaw, and Whiteville. In addition there are nine townships: Bogue, Bug Hill, Lees, Ransom, South Williams, Tatums, Welch Creek, Western Prong and Williams
- Cherry Grove
- Evergreen, Ransom Township
- Evergreen, Tatums Township
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