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Ahoskie, North Carolina
View down Main Street in Ahoskie, facing west
View down Main Street in Ahoskie, facing west
"The Only One"
Location of Ahoskie, North Carolina
Location of Ahoskie, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Hertford
 • Total 4.35 sq mi (11.27 km2)
 • Land 4.35 sq mi (11.27 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
46 ft (14 m)
 • Total 5,039
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,094.44/sq mi (422.58/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area codes 252 Exchanges: 209,332,862
FIPS code 37-00500
GNIS feature ID 0980063

Ahoskie is a town in Hertford County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,039 at the 2010 census. Ahoskie is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks region. Its nickname is "The Only One" because no other town in the world is known by the same name. The etymology of the word Ahoskie, which was originally spelled "Ahotsky," was from the Wyanoke Indians, who entered the Hertford County area at the beginning of European settlement.


The Ahoskie Historic District, Ahoskie Downtown Historic District, Ahoskie School, East End Historic District, Roberts H. Jernigan House, King-Casper-Ward-Bazemore House, William Mitchell House, Mulberry Grove, and James Newsome House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. In 2009 a movie was filmed in Ahoskie called Mississippi Damned which made to Netflix early 2015.


Ahoskie is located at 36°17′11″N 76°59′11″W / 36.28639°N 76.98639°W / 36.28639; -76.98639 (36.286439, -76.986436).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.31 square miles.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 302
1910 924 206.0%
1920 1,429 54.7%
1930 1,940 35.8%
1940 2,313 19.2%
1950 3,579 54.7%
1960 4,583 28.1%
1970 5,105 11.4%
1980 4,887 −4.3%
1990 4,391 −10.1%
2000 4,523 3.0%
2010 5,039 11.4%
2019 (est.) 4,763 −5.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Ahoskie racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,158 23.68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,334 68.17%
Native American 57 1.17%
Asian 68 1.39%
Pacific Islander 1 0.02%
Other/Mixed 165 3.37%
Hispanic or Latino 108 2.21%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,891 people, 1,895 households, and 1,044 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 5,039 people, 2,062 households, and 1,263 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,169 inhabitants per square mile. There were 2,309 housing units at an average density of 536 per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 66.6% African American, 28.5% White, 1.50% Native American, 1.3% Asian, and 1.1% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.6% of the population.

There were 2,062 households, out of which 20.9% had children under the age of 18, 43.0% were married couples living together, 25.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.8% were non-families. The average household size was 2.35 and the average family size was 3.01.

The population ages were distributed with 28.1% under the age of 20, 5.7% from 20 to 24, 22.3% from 25 to 44, 24.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.5 years.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,438, and the median income for a family was $37,833. Males had a median income of $36,711 versus $27,398 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,648. About 19.8% of families and 26.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 36.8% of those under age 18 and 22.4% of those age 65 or over.

In popular culture

The author William Styron refers to the town in his short story "My Father's House," first published posthumously in 2009.

In 2004-2005, a full-length independent film was shot on location in Ahoskie and the surrounding counties of Bertie and Gates. From Midnight to Morning, Baby used many local establishments in scenes, such as the Gallery Theatre and Mugg Shotz coffee house. At Night with No curtains was also filmed there in 2004. Both directed by Ian Hayes Brett.

The 2009 movie Mississippi Damned was filmed, in part, in Ahoskie.

Notable people

  • Kentwan Balmer, defensive end in the NFL
  • Edward L. Fike (1920-2011), journalist and publisher in California, Montana, North Carolina, Ohio, and Virginia.
  • Bobby Futrell, cornerback in the NFL for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers from 1986-1990
  • Sam Harrell, running back in the NFL for the Minnesota Vikings
  • Robert Lee Holloman, Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's fourth Senate district
  • Jason Horton, former NFL, CFL and Arena Football League cornerback
  • Howard J. Hunter Jr., Democratic member of the North Carolina General Assembly representing the state's fifth House district
  • Toran James, former NFL, XFL and Arena Football League fullback/linebacker
  • Dick Newsome, pitcher for the Boston Red Sox
  • Timmy Newsome, fullback in the NFL for the Dallas Cowboys from 1980-1988
  • Amber O'Neal, professional wrestler
  • Lori J. Pierce, American radiation oncologist, 57th President - American Society of Clinical Oncology
  • Graham Smith, Tuskegee Airman
  • Robert Lee Vann, newspaper publisher and editor
  • Tom Umphlett, MLB player for the Boston Red Sox and Washington Senators
  • Oshane Ximines, outside linebacker in the NFL for the New York Giants

See also

Kids robot.svg In Spanish: Ahoskie (Carolina del Norte) para niños

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