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Bertie County
Bertie County Courthouse in Windsor
Bertie County Courthouse in Windsor
Map of North Carolina highlighting Bertie 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.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1739
Named for James and/or Henry Bertie
Seat Windsor
Largest town Windsor
Area
 • Total 741 sq mi (1,920 km2)
 • Land 699 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Water 42 sq mi (110 km2)  5.7%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
17,505
 • Density 30.4/sq mi (11.7/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Bertie County ( BUR-tee, with both syllables stressed) is a county located in the northeast area of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 17,934. Its county seat is Windsor. The county was created in 1722 as Bertie Precinct and gained county status in 1739.

The Sans Souci Ferry, providing access across the Cashie River, is the county's only ferry.

History

The county was formed as Bertie Precinct in 1722 from the part of Chowan Precinct of Albemarle County lying west of the Chowan River. It was named for James Bertie, his brother Henry Bertie, or perhaps both, each having been one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina.

In 1729 parts of Bertie Precinct, Chowan Precinct, Currituck Precinct, and Pasquotank Precinct of Albemarle County were combined to form Tyrrell Precinct. With the abolition of Albemarle County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became separate counties. In 1741 parts of Bertie County became Edgecombe County and Northampton County. Finally, in 1759 parts of Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton County were combined to form Hertford County, and Bertie was reduced to its present size.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 741 square miles (1,920 km2), of which 699 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 42 square miles (110 km2) (5.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Major highways

  • US 13
  • US 17
  • NC 11
  • NC 42
  • NC 45
  • NC 305
  • NC 308

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 12,462
1800 11,249 −9.7%
1810 11,218 −0.3%
1820 10,805 −3.7%
1830 12,262 13.5%
1840 12,175 −0.7%
1850 12,851 5.6%
1860 14,310 11.4%
1870 12,950 −9.5%
1880 16,399 26.6%
1890 19,176 16.9%
1900 20,538 7.1%
1910 23,039 12.2%
1920 23,993 4.1%
1930 25,844 7.7%
1940 26,201 1.4%
1950 26,439 0.9%
1960 24,350 −7.9%
1970 20,528 −15.7%
1980 21,024 2.4%
1990 20,388 −3.0%
2000 19,773 −3.0%
2010 21,282 7.6%
Est. 2021 17,505 −17.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Bertie County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 6,298 35.12%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 10,674 59.52%
Native American 57 0.32%
Asian 63 0.35%
Other/Mixed 512 2.85%
Hispanic or Latino 330 1.84%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 17,934 people, 7,909 households, and 4,733 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,282 people living in the county. 62.5% were Black or African American, 35.2% White, 0.5% Asian, 0.5% Native American, 0.5% of some other race and 0.9% of two or more races. 1.3% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

Communities

Map of Bertie County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Bertie County, North Carolina with municipal and township labels

Towns

Townships

  • Colerain
  • Indian Woods
  • Merry Hill
  • Mitchells
  • Roxobel
  • Snakebite
  • Whites
  • Windsor
  • Woodville

Unincorporated communities

  • Baker Town
  • Elm Grove
  • Gatlinsville
  • Greens Cross
  • Hexlena
  • Merry Hill
  • Perrytown
  • Pine Ridge
  • Rosemead
  • Sans Souci
  • Spring Branch
  • Todds Cross
  • Trap, Woodard
  • Whites Cross

Population ranking

The population ranking of the following table is based on the 2010 census of Bertie County.

county seat

Rank City/Town/etc. Municipal type Population (2010 Census)
1 Windsor Town 3,630
2 Aulander Town 895
3 Lewiston Woodville Town 549
4 Powellsville Town 276
5 Kelford Town 251
6 Askewville Town 241
7 Roxobel Town 240
8 Colerain Town 204

Education

  • Bertie High School
  • Lawrence Academy
  • Bethel Christian Academy
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