Richlands, North Carolina

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Coordinates: 34°53′56″N 77°32′52″W / 34.89889°N 77.54778°W / 34.89889; -77.54778Coordinates: 34°53′56″N 77°32′52″W / 34.89889°N 77.54778°W / 34.89889; -77.54778
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Onslow
 • Total 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Land 1.2 sq mi (3.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 59 ft (29 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,520
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28574
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-56360[1]
GNIS feature ID 1022279[2]

Richlands is a town in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. The 2010 population was 1,520.[3] It is included in the Jacksonville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. Incorporated on March 29, 1880 it was the first town in Onslow County to have its own library and museum (Home of the Onslow County Museum). Richlands was also the first town in Onslow County to have a female mayor, Annette Hargett.[4]


The Avirett-Stephens Plantation, Richlands Historic District, Taylor Farm, and Venters Farm Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 928 people, 399 households, and 244 families residing in the town. The population density was 781.1 people per square mile (301.1/km²). There were 424 housing units at an average density of 356.9 per square mile (137.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 71.44% White, 25.11% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.75% Asian, 0.75% from other races, and 1.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.16% of the population.

There were 399 households out of which 27.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.4% were married couples living together, 16.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.6% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.3% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 26.0% from 25 to 44, 23.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 78.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.2 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,263, and the median income for a family was $31,667. Males had a median income of $26,875 versus $20,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,615. About 23.1% of families and 24.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.8% of those under age 18 and 24.0% of those age 65 or over.

Schools in Richlands[edit]

Farmer's Day[edit]

Farmer's Day is an annual celebration of Richlands's agrarian roots. It is held on the first Saturday after Labor Day each year, and has been running for over forty years. The celebration begins in the morning with a parade through town, and continues on the grounds of Richlands Primary School. The day includes live music, local vendors, games, and food.

Famous People from Richlands[edit]

  • John Williams Shackelford, 19th Century U.S. Congressman
  • Franklin Stubbs, Retired MLB Player
  • Mario Williams - Number one overall pick in the 2006 NFL draft, DE Buffalo Bills
  • Jeremy Hall, Army Soldier, filed lawsuit against the DoD for religious discrimination.
  • Charlie Sanders - Pro Football Hall of Fame Inductee; 1970's NFL All-Decade Team
  • Sam Sawyer - Legendary coder
  • Bernard McLeod- Franchise Owner (2x) Forbes Top 30 Under 30. Business Men's Magazine Top 100 bright minds under 30
  • Ron Thompson Jr - Legendary DJ/MC from Springfield Ohio now calls Richlands NC his home.
  • The RAT Pack - A movement, created by young Entrepreneurs standing for "Retired At Twenty", that helps deliver more fun, freedom and fulfillment into people's lives through the Direct Sales Industry. Whom are on a mission to "Challange the Status Quo".


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