Nash County, North Carolina

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Coordinates: 35°58′N 77°59′W / 35.97°N 77.99°W / 35.97; -77.99

Nash County
County of Nash
Claude Mayo, Jr. Administration Building, Nashville
Claude Mayo, Jr. Administration Building, Nashville
Official seal of Nash County
Official logo of Nash County
Map of North Carolina highlighting Nash County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 35°58′N 77°59′W / 35.97°N 77.99°W / 35.97; -77.99
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1777
Named forFrancis Nash
SeatNashville
Largest cityRocky Mount
Area
 • Total543 sq mi (1,410 km2)
 • Land540 sq mi (1,400 km2)
 • Water2.4 sq mi (6 km2)  0.4%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total94,970
 • Density170/sq mi (68/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st
Websitenashcountync.gov

Nash County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 94,970.[1] Its county seat is Nashville.[2]

Nash County is now a part of the Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, instead of the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History[edit]

Nash County was formed in 1777 from Edgecombe County. It was named for American Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Nash, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown that year.

In 1855, parts of Nash, Edgecombe, Johnston, and Wayne Counties were combined to form Wilson County.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles (1,410 km2), of which 540 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.4%) is covered by water.[3]

State and local protected areas[edit]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major water-bodies[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Other major infrastructure[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
17907,390
18006,975−5.6%
18107,2684.2%
18208,18512.6%
18308,4903.7%
18409,0476.6%
185010,65717.8%
186011,6879.7%
187011,077−5.2%
188017,73160.1%
189020,70716.8%
190025,47823.0%
191033,72732.4%
192041,06121.7%
193052,78228.5%
194055,6085.4%
195059,9197.8%
196061,0021.8%
197059,122−3.1%
198067,15313.6%
199076,67714.2%
200087,42014.0%
201095,8409.6%
202094,970−0.9%
2021 (est.)95,176[4]0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2020[9]
2020[10]

2020 census[edit]

Nash County racial composition[11]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 46,317 48.77%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 36,679 38.62%
Native American 615 0.65%
Asian 904 0.95%
Pacific Islander 28 0.03%
Other/Mixed 3,105 3.27%
Hispanic or Latino 7,322 7.71%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 94,970 people, 37,574 households, and 27,002 families residing in the county.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[12] of 2000, 87,420 people, 33,644 households, and 23,920 families resided in the county. The population density was 162 people per square mile (62/km2). The 37,051 housing units averaged 69 per square mile (26/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 61.94% White, 33.93% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. About 3.36% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 33,644 households, 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were not families. About 25% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was distributed as 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,147, and for a family was $44,769. Males had a median income of $32,459 versus $24,438 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,863. About 10.30% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities[edit]

Map of Nash County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated place[edit]

Townships[edit]

  • Bailey
  • Battleboro
  • Castalia
  • Coopers
  • Dry Wells
  • Ferrells
  • Griffins
  • Jackson
  • Mannings
  • Nashville
  • North Whitakers
  • Oak Level
  • Red Oak
  • Rocky Mount
  • Spring Hope
  • South Whitakers
  • Stony Creek

Politics, law and government[edit]

Nash County was originally a typically overwhelmingly Democratic "Solid South" county with a large and completely disfranchised black population. Although it gave a plurality to Populist candidate James B. Weaver in 1892, it did not like Sampson County or Alabama's Chilton County subsequently turn to the Republican Party. Nash County would vote Democratic in every election from 1896 to 1964 – in Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman's five elections the Republicans never received eleven percent of the county's limited electorate's ballots – before supporting George Wallace's American Independent candidacy in 1968, and voting Republican for the first time in 1972. After turning like most Wallace counties to Southern Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976, Nash would become solidly Republican from 1980 to 2004 before turning into one of the nation's most closely contested counties in the past four elections, with the margin of victory being less than 1,000 votes in every election since.

United States presidential election results for Nash County, North Carolina[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 25,827 49.41% 25,947 49.64% 497 0.95%
2016 23,319 48.92% 23,235 48.75% 1,111 2.33%
2012 23,842 49.17% 24,313 50.14% 337 0.69%
2008 23,728 50.36% 23,099 49.02% 291 0.62%
2004 21,902 58.14% 15,693 41.66% 78 0.21%
2000 17,995 58.97% 12,376 40.56% 142 0.47%
1996 15,309 54.17% 11,142 39.42% 1,811 6.41%
1992 14,446 48.34% 10,809 36.17% 4,631 15.50%
1988 15,906 64.34% 8,740 35.35% 76 0.31%
1984 17,295 66.73% 8,588 33.14% 34 0.13%
1980 11,043 56.34% 8,184 41.75% 374 1.91%
1976 8,477 48.12% 8,937 50.73% 202 1.15%
1972 12,679 71.39% 4,503 25.35% 579 3.26%
1968 4,602 24.08% 5,283 27.64% 9,230 48.29%
1964 6,396 41.11% 9,163 58.89% 0 0.00%
1960 3,896 27.86% 10,086 72.14% 0 0.00%
1956 2,665 21.09% 9,969 78.91% 0 0.00%
1952 2,636 20.18% 10,424 79.82% 0 0.00%
1948 684 7.98% 7,590 88.50% 302 3.52%
1944 876 10.36% 7,577 89.64% 0 0.00%
1940 613 6.76% 8,456 93.24% 0 0.00%
1936 517 5.62% 8,682 94.38% 0 0.00%
1932 532 6.61% 7,472 92.79% 49 0.61%
1928 2,066 32.72% 4,249 67.28% 0 0.00%
1924 823 20.16% 3,129 76.63% 131 3.21%
1920 1,556 27.85% 4,031 72.15% 0 0.00%
1916 826 27.22% 2,189 72.15% 19 0.63%
1912 172 6.49% 1,862 70.21% 618 23.30%


Nash County is a member of the regional Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments.

Sheriff[edit]

The Sheriff's Office provides police services for the unincorporated areas of the county.

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Nash County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  4. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Nash County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 27, 2013.[permanent dead link]
  10. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Nash County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

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