Marshville, North Carolina

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Marshville, North Carolina
Location of Marshville, North Carolina
Location of Marshville, North Carolina
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total2.1 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Land2.0 sq mi (5.3 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
584 ft (178 m)
 • Total2,360
 • Density1,151.4/sq mi (444.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)704
FIPS code37-41640[1]
GNIS feature ID0989388[2]

Marshville is a town in Union County, North Carolina, United States. Its population was 2,402 at the 2010 census. Marshville is known as the birthplace of country music singer Randy Travis.


Marshville is located at 34°59′18″N 80°22′4″W / 34.98833°N 80.36778°W / 34.98833; -80.36778 (34.988458, -80.367845).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which, 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2) of it is land and 0.49% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 20142,596[4]8.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 2,402 people, 809 households, and 581 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,151.4 people per square mile (444.5/km²). There were 868 housing units at an average density of 423.5 per square mile (163.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 48% White, 45.3% African American, 0.06% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 4% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.22% of the population.

There were 812 households out of which 37.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.7% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.8% were non-families. 24.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.79 and the average family size was 3.36.

In the town the population was spread out with 28.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 88.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,140, and the median income for a family was $42,589. Males had a median income of $30,039 versus $21,413 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,498. About 8.3% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.3% of those under age 18 and 13.1% of those age 65 or over.


Marshville is the site of the Boll Weevil Festival, an annual street fair and carnival that takes place every fall.

Parts of the 1985 Oscar-nominated movie The Color Purple were filmed in Marshville.[6] The movie was directed by Steven Spielberg and its cast included Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg.

In June 2012 the Marshville Museum And Cultural Center was opened with exhibits on the history of Marshville, the surrounding area, and its residents.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Archived from the original on May 23, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  6. ^ "The Color Purple filming locations". The 80s Movie Rewind. Retrieved 17 January 2011.
  7. ^ Purcell, Carey (2015-09-01). "Memorial Scholarship Fund Set Up for Joshua Park, Broadway's Tom Sawyer, Who Died at 38". Playbill. Retrieved 2015-09-19.