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Cerro Gordo, North Carolina
Cerro Gordo, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Cerro Gordo, North Carolina
Cerro Gordo, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Columbus
 • Total 0.79 sq mi (2.04 km2)
 • Land 0.79 sq mi (2.04 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
89 ft (27 m)
 • Total 207
 • Estimate 
 • Density 248.09/sq mi (95.76/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-11620
GNIS feature ID 0982977

Cerro Gordo is a town in Columbus County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 207 at the 2010 census. Cerro Gordo was Spanish for Big Fat Hill, as approaching the small town by railroad, which is on a hill top.


Cerro Gordo is located at 34°19′20″N 78°55′41″W / 34.32222°N 78.92806°W / 34.32222; -78.92806 (34.322178, -78.928100).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.8 square miles (2.1 km2), all of it land.

Cerro Gordo, meaning 'fat hill' is a true statement to the lay of the land since it is found in the coastal plain region of North Carolina.

Cerro Gordo is a really flat land, with the highest elevation in Columbus county. The majority of its land is reserved from crops, cows, and hog houses. In addition to the farms, there are two local prisons, and multiple businesses, such as BP and West Columbus High School.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 90
1890 129 43.3%
1900 123 −4.7%
1910 323 162.6%
1920 262 −18.9%
1930 325 24.0%
1940 379 16.6%
1950 265 −30.1%
1960 306 15.5%
1970 322 5.2%
1980 295 −8.4%
1990 227 −23.1%
2000 244 7.5%
2010 207 −15.2%
2019 (est.) 195 −5.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 244 people, 90 households, and 68 families residing in the town. The population density was 322.8 people per square mile (124.0/km2). There were 102 housing units at an average density of 134.9 per square mile (51.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 75.00% White, 18.44% African American, 3.69% Native American, 2.46% Asian, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.46% of the population.

There were 90 households, out of which 34.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 63.3% were married couples living together, 11.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.4% were non-families. 22.2% of all households were made up of individuals, and 15.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.71 and the average family size was 3.21.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.9% under the age of 18, 7.4% from 18 to 24, 29.1% from 25 to 44, 20.1% from 45 to 64, and 15.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 81.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,000, and the median income for a family was $28,750. Males had a median income of $31,964 versus $22,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,447. About 21.7% of families and 22.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.5% of those under the age of eighteen and 14.3% of those 65 or over.

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