Whiteville, North Carolina
|Whiteville, North Carolina|
|• Mayor||Terry Mann|
|• Total||5.4 sq mi (14.1 km2)|
|• Land||5.4 sq mi (14.1 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||101 ft (30 m)|
|• Density||987/sq mi (381.2/km2)|
|Time zone||EST (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1025798|
Whiteville was the birthplace and hometown of the 20th-century poet A. R. Ammons.
Whiteville is notable for being the location of the courthouse-burning scene in the 1996 film adaptation of Dorothy Allison's novel Bastard out of Carolina. It is also regionally known for its popular N.C. Pecan Harvest Festival.
Whiteville was the scene of then-President Bill Clinton's 1999 "Bridging the Digital Divide" speech at the Vineland Station Railroad Depot, which is now refurbished as a community center. Clinton revisited in the spring of 2008 to campaign for his wife, presidential candidate Hillary Clinton.
Whiteville is also the home of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences at Whiteville, a satellite museum of the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences.
The official newspaper serving Columbus County, The News Reporter, is based in Whiteville and has been in circulation since 1896.
The stretch of U.S. Route 701 through Columbus County is named for Whiteville's founder, James B. White, Columbus County's first state senator.
Whiteville is located in north-central Columbus County at  Combined U.S. Routes 74 and 76 bypass the city on its north side and lead east 46 miles (74 km) to Wilmington. US 74 leads northwest 32 miles (51 km) to Lumberton, and US 76 leads west 67 miles (108 km) to Florence, South Carolina. U.S. Route 701 passes through the west side of Whiteville, leading north 23 miles (37 km) to Elizabethtown and southwest 44 miles (71 km) to Conway, South Carolina.(34.330096, -78.704533).
As of the census of 2000, there were 5,148 people, 2,191 households, and 1,336 families residing in the city. The population density was 957.5 people per square mile (369.5/km²). There were 2,450 housing units at an average density of 455.7 per square mile (175.8/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 60.51% White, 36.67% African American, 0.64% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.56% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.93% of the population.
There were 2,191 households out of which 27.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.1% were married couples living together, 20.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.22 and the average family size was 2.88.
In the city the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 23.5% from 25 to 44, 24.4% from 45 to 64, and 20.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 77.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.9 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $25,455, and the median income for a family was $34,128. Males had a median income of $35,074 versus $23,000 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,337. About 19.0% of families and 26.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 37.0% of those under age 18 and 33.7% of those age 65 or over.
The Whiteville City School system includes the following schools:
- Whiteville Primary School
- Edgewood Elementary School
- Central Middle School
- North Whiteville Academy
- Whiteville High School
- Southeastern Early College High School
Whiteville High School, home of the Wolfpack, competes in division 1A NCHSAA sports and has won 16 state championships: seven in baseball (1983, 1985, 1989, 1991, 2012, 2014, and 2015), four individual track championships, one in team golf (1986), two in football (1965 and 1987), and three in basketball (1969, 1999, and 2000).
Columbus Christian Academy is a private K-12 school in Whiteville. Waccamaw Academy, which opened in 1968, closed in 2012.
Southeastern Community College is located a few miles to the west of Whiteville.
- Former MLB pitcher Tommy Greene
- Former NFL player Chester McGlockton, who played on the undefeated 1987 State 2A Champion WHS Wolfpack Football team
- NBA player Chris Wilcox, who played on the WHS varsity basketball team his sophomore and junior years, leading the Wolfpack to the 1999 State 2A Basketball championship before transferring to Raleigh's William G. Enloe High School for his senior year
- Maggie Will, golfer, three-time winner on the LPGA Tour
- A. R. Ammons, one of the most highly lauded poets of the twentieth century. He often mentioned his growing up in Whiteville in several interviews and essays, and occasionally used Columbus County as the setting for his poetry.
- Ida Virginia Stephens Owens birthplace of the first African American woman to earn a Ph.D. in Physiology from Duke University in 1967.
Although the railroad tracks leading from west of town toward Lake Waccamaw have long been disconnected, Whiteville is served by the Columbus County Municipal Airport and several highways, which include U.S. Route 74, U.S. Route 76, U.S. Route 701, North Carolina Highway 130, and North Carolina Highway 131.
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- City of Whiteville official website
- Greater Whiteville Chamber of Commerce
- Whiteville City Schools
- The News Reporter