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Castalia, North Carolina
Town
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Nash
Area
 • Total 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Land 0.7 sq mi (1.9 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 308 ft (94 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 268
 • Density 462.4/sq mi (178.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27816
Area code(s) 919,
FIPS code 37-10860
GNIS feature ID 0982735

Castalia (pronounced "Cas-tale-yuh"), is a town in Nash County, North Carolina, United States. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 268 at the 2010 census.

Geography

Castalia is located at 36°4′53″N 78°3′31″W / 36.08139°N 78.05861°W / 36.08139; -78.05861 (36.081258, -78.058682).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 133
1890 159 19.5%
1900 163 2.5%
1910 219 34.4%
1920 263 20.1%
1930 292 11.0%
1940 341 16.8%
1950 421 23.5%
1960 267 −36.6%
1970 265 −0.7%
1980 358 35.1%
1990 261 −27.1%
2000 340 30.3%
2010 268 −21.2%
Est. 2015 262 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 340 people, 132 households, and 102 families residing in the town. The population density was 462.4 people per square mile (177.4/km²). There were 139 housing units at an average density of 189.0 per square mile (72.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 50.59% White, 48.24% African American, and 1.18% Hispanic or Latino or more races.

There were 132 households out of which 36.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.8% were married couples living together, 18.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 22.7% were non-families. 20.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.87.

In the town, the population was spread out with 26.8% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 31.5% from 25 to 44, 21.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $23,438, and the median income for a family was $29,375. Males had a median income of $23,750 versus $19,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,455. About 23.2% of families and 22.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.5% of those under age 18 and 37.5% of those age 65 or over.

Climate

Castalia, being located in eastern North Carolina, has long hot humid summers, and winters which are short and mild by comparison to much of the rest of the country, with snow being a rarity. In Castalia, between 60 and 90 days per year are over 86 degrees Fahrenheit, according to the Heat Zone Map published by the American Horticultural Society. By comparison, the great majority of the upper midwest and northeast has less than 30 such days per year. These hot days, combined with the South's high humidity, make it sweltering in the summer. The average daytime temperature is in the high 70s or above for at least 5 months out of the year (May through September).

The following is the average weather for Castalia:

Climate data for Castalia, North Carolina
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 50
(10)
54
(12.2)
62
(16.7)
72
(22.2)
79
(26.1)
85
(29.4)
89
(31.7)
87
(30.6)
81
(27.2)
71
(21.7)
64
(17.8)
54
(12.2)
70.7
(21.48)
Average low °F (°C) 29
(-1.7)
31
(-0.6)
38
(3.3)
47
(8.3)
55
(12.8)
64
(17.8)
68
(20)
67
(19.4)
61
(16.1)
48
(8.9)
40
(4.4)
31
(-0.6)
48.3
(9.03)
Precipitation inches (mm) 4.05
(102.9)
3.62
(91.9)
4.28
(108.7)
2.86
(72.6)
4.32
(109.7)
3.39
(86.1)
4.05
(102.9)
3.84
(97.5)
3.70
(94)
2.76
(70.1)
3.03
(77)
2.99
(75.9)
42.89
(1,089.4)
Source: Weather.com
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