Hookerton, North Carolina

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Hookerton, North Carolina
Location of Hookerton, North Carolina
Location of Hookerton, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°25′23″N 77°35′24″W / 35.42306°N 77.59000°W / 35.42306; -77.59000Coordinates: 35°25′23″N 77°35′24″W / 35.42306°N 77.59000°W / 35.42306; -77.59000
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Greene
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 56 ft (17 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 409
 • Density 1,446.1/sq mi (558.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28538
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-32540[1]
GNIS feature ID 1020820[2]

Hookerton is a town in Greene County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 409 at the 2010 census.[3] It is geographically located southeast of Snow Hill, NC on North Carolina Highway 123. The town is part of the Greenville Metropolitan Area.


Hookerton is located at 35°25′23″N 77°35′24″W / 35.42306°N 77.59000°W / 35.42306; -77.59000 (35.423060, -77.590101).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1870 163
1880 179 9.8%
1890 173 −3.4%
1900 139 −19.7%
1910 204 46.8%
1920 294 44.1%
1930 307 4.4%
1940 319 3.9%
1950 253 −20.7%
1960 358 41.5%
1970 441 23.2%
1980 460 4.3%
1990 422 −8.3%
2000 467 10.7%
2010 409 −12.4%
Est. 2015 401 [5] −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2000, 467 people, 200 households, and 123 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,446.1 people per square mile (563.5/km²). There were 219 housing units at an average density of 678.1 per square mile (264.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 52.89% White, 40.26% African American, 6.64% from other races, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.14% of the population.

There were 200 households out of which 27.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.0% were married couples living together, 14.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.5% were non-families. 37.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.0% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 26.3% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 78.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $31,563, and the median income for a family was $45,625. Males had a median income of $29,231 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $14,371. About 7.4% of families and 16.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.8% of those under age 18 and 24.6% of those age 65 or over.


The town is served by the Greene County Public School system with five schools located in nearby Snow Hill. In addition to these schools, there is one private school, Mt. Calvary Christian Academy. Early in the 20th century Hookerton Collegiate Institute was located in the center of town and R.J. Matlock was the principal of the school. It did not survive the availability of public education. (His daughter, Sara Stocks of Hookerton, served on and as chair of the Greene County School Board for a number of years in mid-century, continuing the family's interest in local education.)


The closest airport to Hookerton is Pitt-Greenville Airport (IATA: PGVICAO: KPGVFAA LID: PGV) with service to Charlotte Douglas International Airport, although most residents use Raleigh-Durham International Airport for domestic and international travel.

The only highway that runs through Hookerton is NC 123. The closest interstate is I-95, located 40 miles away in Wilson.

East Carolina Railroad, intended to serve a route from Tarboro to Kinston, terminated in Hookerton instead, coming from Tarboro but ending just over the Contentnea Creek bridge and never reaching Kinston. The railroad provided passenger and freight service during the early 20th century, but has long since ceased operation.

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