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Belhaven, North Carolina
Nickname(s): 
"The Beautiful Safe Harbor"
Motto(s): 
"Seafood, Watersports and Abundant Wildlife"
Location of Belhaven, North Carolina
Location of Belhaven, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Beaufort
Area
 • Total 2.1 sq mi (5.4 km2)
 • Land 1.6 sq mi (4.1 km2)
 • Water 0.5 sq mi (1.3 km2)
Elevation
0 ft (0 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 1,688
 • Density 1,062/sq mi (409.9/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27810
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-04640
GNIS feature ID 0980929

Belhaven is a town in Beaufort County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,688 at the 2010 Census. Belhaven is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks region.

Belhaven is the hometown of singer Little Eva, whose song "The Loco-Motion" was a US #1 hit in 1962. It is also the home of Super Bowl XLV champion and Oakland Raider C. J. Wilson.

History

The Belhaven City Hall was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1981.

Eva Narcissus Boyd (June 29, 1943 – April 10, 2003), known by the stage name of Little Eva, was an American pop singer, born in Belhaven, NC on June 29, 1943. She is most famous for her song "Loco-Motion."

Geography

Belhaven is located at 35°32′35″N 76°37′24″W / 35.54306°N 76.62333°W / 35.54306; -76.62333 (35.542930, -76.623278). It is on the north shore of the Pungo River. New Town dock on Water and Pamlico streets.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.4 km2), of which 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2) is land and 0.50 square miles (1.3 km2), or 23.88%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 383
1910 2,863 647.5%
1920 1,816 −36.6%
1930 2,458 35.4%
1940 2,360 −4.0%
1950 2,528 7.1%
1960 2,386 −5.6%
1970 2,259 −5.3%
1980 2,430 7.6%
1990 2,269 −6.6%
2000 1,968 −13.3%
2010 1,688 −14.2%
Est. 2015 1,602 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 1,968 people, 827 households, and 530 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,313.4 people per square mile (506.6/km²). There were 1,015 housing units at an average density of 677.4 per square mile (261.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 37.30% White, 60.67% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 827 households out of which 28.2% had children over the age of 32 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 15 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.7% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 23.6% from 45 to 64, and 19.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every -1 females age 18 and over, there were 7. males.

The median income for a household in the town was $16,674, and the median income for a family was $23,958. Males had a median income of $23,839 versus $16,741 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,086. About 32.0% of families and 35.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.6% of those under age 18 and 38.3% of those age 65 or over.

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