Creswell, North Carolina

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Creswell, North Carolina
Downtown Creswell
Downtown Creswell
Location of Creswell, North Carolina
Location of Creswell, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°52′13″N 76°23′38″W / 35.87028°N 76.39389°W / 35.87028; -76.39389Coordinates: 35°52′13″N 76°23′38″W / 35.87028°N 76.39389°W / 35.87028; -76.39389
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Land0.4 sq mi (1.1 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
7 ft (2 m)
 • Total276
 • Estimate 
 • Density690/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-15420[2]
GNIS feature ID1019859[3]

Creswell is a town in Washington County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 276 at the 2010 census.


Creswell is located at 35°52′13″N 76°23′38″W / 35.870190°N 76.393791°W / 35.870190; -76.393791 (35.870190, -76.393791).[4]

The town is located in the North Carolina Inner Banks on the north-central portion of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, and along the western edge of the southern portions of the Scuppernong River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016257[1]−6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
A scenic view of Lake Phelps at nearby Pettigrew State Park

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 278 people, 118 households, and 86 families residing in the town. The population density was 666.0 people per square mile (255.6/km2). There were 141 housing units at an average density of 337.8 per square mile (129.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 50.00% White, 39.93% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 1.80% Pacific Islander, 4.68% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.83% of the population.

There were 118 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 27.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 19.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 78.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,833, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,769. About 18.3% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 20.3% of those sixty five or over.


Creswell was incorporated in 1874, and named for John Angel James Creswell,[6] the United States Postmaster General at that time. The structures in downtown Creswell are some of North Carolina's best remaining examples of downtown architecture from the late 19th century.

The Belgrade and St. David's Church, Creswell Historic District, Davenport House, and Somerset Place State Historic Site are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[7]


Highways and Roads[edit]

The town can be accessed from the east or west by U.S. Highway 64, and from the north or south by North Carolina Highway 94.

Creswell is within 300 miles (480 km) of these destinations:


Air travel is best served through the Norfolk International Airport (ORF) in Norfolk, Virginia or the Pitt-Greenville Airport (PGV) in Greenville, North Carolina

Town Hall - Creswell, NC


Town Government[edit]

The Mayor of Creswell is Edwin Ray Blount.

Elected members to the Town Council:

  • Syble J. Spruill
  • Gerald Woodley
  • Ron Ambrose
  • J.D Melton

State Government[edit]

Creswell is served in the North Carolina General Assembly by State Senator Stan White (Democrat) and State Representative Tim Spear (Democrat).

Federal Government[edit]

The town is also served in the United States Congress by U.S. Senator Richard Burr (Republican), U.S. Senator Kay Hagan (Democrat) and U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield (Democrat).

Recent Issues[edit]

The Town of Creswell is aligned with a group called North Carolinians Opposed to the Outlying Landing Field. This group opposes a United States Navy proposal to construct an outlying landing field near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Washington County, North Carolina.

Somerset Place - Creswell, NC


The town symbol, an artesian well hand-pump, can be found on Main Street in heart of downtown.

Notable people[edit]




Creswell is served by the weekly Roanoke Beacon newspaper from Plymouth, NC, and the daily Washington Daily News from Washington, NC.


Creswell is part of the Greenville-Washington-New Bern-Morehead City market, which is the 107th largest in 2006, according to Nielsen Media Research. Broadcast television stations serving the market include:

  • WUND-TV the (2) Columbia PBS affiliate, (part of the UNC-TV Network)
  • WITN-TV the (7) Washington/Greenville/New Bern NBC affiliate
  • WFXI-TV the (8) Morehead City Fox affiliate
  • WNCT-TV the (9) Greenville CBS affiliate
  • WCTI-TV the (12) New Bern ABC affiliate


  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". Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. p. 96.
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.