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Bertie County, North Carolina
Map

Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1739
Seat Windsor
Largest town Windsor
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

741 sq mi (1,919 km²)
699 sq mi (1,810 km²)
42 sq mi (109 km²), 5.7%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

21,282
30/sq mi (12/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.bertie.nc.us
Named for: James and/or Henry Bertie

Bertie County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 21,282. Its county seat is Windsor. The county was created in 1722 as Bertie Precinct and gained county status in 1739.

The Sans Souci Ferry 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

  • Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge

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. 2015 20,199 −5.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,282 people residing 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).

As of the census of 2000, there were 19,773 people, 7,743 households, and 5,427 families residing in the county. The population density was 28 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 9,050 housing units at an average density of 13 per square mile (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 36.30% White, 62.34% Black or African American, 0.44% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.33% from other races, 0.48% from two or more races. 0.99% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 7,743 households out of which 29.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.00% were married couples living together, 20.10% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.90% were non-families. 27.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.07.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 16.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 87.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 82.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $25,177, and the median income for a family was $30,186. Males had a median income of $26,866 versus $18,318 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,096. About 19.30% of families and 26% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.70% of those under age 18 and 28.30% of those age 65 or over.

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

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