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Castle Hayne, North Carolina
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Location in New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in New Hanover County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 34°21′23″N 77°53′57″W / 34.35639°N 77.89917°W / 34.35639; -77.89917Coordinates: 34°21′23″N 77°53′57″W / 34.35639°N 77.89917°W / 34.35639; -77.89917
Country United States
State North Carolina
County New Hanover
 • Total 2.3 sq mi (5.9 km2)
 • Land 2.3 sq mi (5.8 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.1 km2)
20 ft (6 m)
 • Total 1,321
 • Density 495.9/sq mi (191.5/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-10880
GNIS feature ID 1019555

Castle Hayne is a census-designated place (CDP) in New Hanover County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,202 at the 2010 census, up from 1,116 in 2000. It is part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Planters and small farmers used slave labor to make full use of the region's natural resources. The forest provided the region's major industries through the 18th and most of the 19th century: naval stores and lumber fueled the economy both before and after the American Revolution. During the Revolutionary War, the British maintained a garrison at Fort Johnson near Wilmington. After suffering crippling losses at Guilford Court House, the British withdrew all forces back to Fort Johnson and abandoned plans to occupy North Carolina. This prompted the British to attack Yorktown, Virginia instead, which brought an end to the war.


The town took its name from the large house of Captain Roger Haynes.

Leading up to the 2011 election, there was a large movement among the residents to incorporate Castle Hayne to become the "Town of Castle Hayne". Nearby Wilmington had previously forced an annexation of Monkey Junction in 2010 and proposed a forced annexation of Ogden, both of which had resulted in numerous lawsuits and appeals.

The incorporation referendum failed in November 2011.


Castle Hayne is located at 34°21′23″N 77°53′57″W / 34.35639°N 77.89917°W / 34.35639; -77.89917 (34.356353, -77.899126).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 2.3 square miles (6.0 km2). 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) (1.32%) is water.


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Central junction of Castle Hayne, North Carolina

At the 2000 census, there were 1,116 people, 437 households and 312 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 495.9 per square mile (191.5/km2). There were 471 housing units at an average density of 209.3 per square mile (80.8/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 81.54% White, 14.78% African American, 0.99% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.99% from other races, and 1.43% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.79% of the population. 17.4% were of Irish, 14.8% English, 7.3 United States or American, 5.7% Scots-Irish, 5.6% Subsaharan African, 5.1% German and 5.0% French ancestry according to Census 2000.

There were 437 households, of which 34.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.0% were married couples living together, 15.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 22.0% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 2.96.

25.9% of residents were under the age of 18, 8.8% from 18 to 24, 30.1% from 25 to 44, 24.7% from 45 to 64, and 10.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.2 males.

The median household income was $34,531, and the median family income was $42,417. Males had a median income of $38,375 versus $25,040 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $17,172. About 4.6% of families and 6.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.9% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

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