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Centerville, North Carolina
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Location of Centerville, North Carolina
Location of Centerville, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Franklin
Established 1882
Incorporated May 25, 1965
Dissolved July 22, 2017
Named for Central location of area between Louisburg, Warrenton and Littleton.
 • Total 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Land 0.3 sq mi (0.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
340 ft (100 m)
 • Total 149
 • Density 500/sq mi (213/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
Area code(s) 919 and 984
FIPS code 37-11560
GNIS feature ID 0982946

Centerville is a census-designated place (CDP) in the rural northeastern corner of Franklin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 149 at the 2020 census. It was an incorporated town from 1965 to 2017.

There is no post office in Centerville, and thus no zip code; it simply uses that of Louisburg, which is located 12 miles (19 km) west. Centerville is centered on "the crossroads", which is the intersection of NC-561 and NC-58 and the site of two small old-fashioned general stores.

Centerville has a church, (Centerville Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention), and volunteer fire department. There is no police department, so Centerville, like the surrounding unincorporated area, is patrolled by the Franklin County Sheriff's Office.

As is common in the rural stretches of eastern North Carolina, many of the houses in and around Centerville are quite old and in poor states of repair, and agriculture is the main use of land. Tobacco, soybeans, corn, and hay are the main crops.

Centerville includes many antique buildings from its heyday, including the now-defunct Serepta Church, a former Methodist church located at the intersection of NC-561 and Centerville-Laurel Mill Road.

Perry School and Vine Hill are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Centerville was established around 1882 and named for its central location between the towns of Louisburg, Warrenton and Littleton. It was incorporated during the same time period as the dissolution of the nearby town of Wood in 1961, roughly 80 years after first settlement.


Centerville is located at 36°11′6″N 78°6′41″W / 36.18500°N 78.11139°W / 36.18500; -78.11139 (36.184980, −78.111252).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 123
1980 135 9.8%
1990 115 −14.8%
2000 99 −13.9%
2010 89 −10.1%
2020 149 67.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Centerville racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 116 77.85%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3 2.01%
Native American 1 0.67%
Asian 0 0%
Other/Mixed 15 10.07%
Hispanic or Latino 14 9.4%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 149 people, 103 households, and 85 families residing in the CDP.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 89 people residing in what was then a town. The racial makeup of the town was 93% White (83 persons), 3.5% Black (3 persons), and 3.5% other (3 persons).

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