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Currituck County, North Carolina
Seal of Currituck 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 Currituck
Largest community Moyock
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

527 sq mi (1,365 km²)
262 sq mi (679 km²)
265 sq mi (686 km²), 50%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

23,547
90/sq mi (35/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.currituck.nc.us
Named for: Algonquin term meaning "The Land of the Wild Goose"

Currituck /ˈkʊrɪtʌk/ County is the northeastern-most county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 23,547. Its county seat is Currituck. The county was formed in 1668 as a precinct of Albemarle County and later gained county status in 1739. The name is "traditionally said to be an Indian word for wild geese; Coratank."

Currituck County is included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Area. It is in the northeastern section of the state and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, Currituck Sound, Camden County, Dare County and the state of Virginia. Currituck Court House, mentioned as early as 1755, was the name of the county seat. Today the words "Court House" have been dropped and only Currituck is used as the town name.

Geography

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Pine trees are common in Currituck County, like these in Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge.
Old Currituck jail - Stierch
The Old Currituck Jail

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 527 square miles (1,360 km2), of which 262 square miles (680 km2) is land and 265 square miles (690 km2) (50%) is water.

Currituck County includes the northern communities of North Carolina's Outer Banks, separated from mainland Currituck County by the Currituck Sound.

Adjacent counties and cities

National protected areas

  • Currituck National Wildlife Refuge
  • Mackay Island National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Major highways

  • US 158
  • NC 12
  • NC 34
  • NC 168
  • NC 615

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,220
1800 6,928 32.7%
1810 6,985 0.8%
1820 8,098 15.9%
1830 7,655 −5.5%
1840 6,703 −12.4%
1850 7,236 8.0%
1860 7,415 2.5%
1870 5,131 −30.8%
1880 6,476 26.2%
1890 6,747 4.2%
1900 6,529 −3.2%
1910 7,693 17.8%
1920 7,268 −5.5%
1930 6,710 −7.7%
1940 6,709 0.0%
1950 6,201 −7.6%
1960 6,601 6.5%
1970 6,976 5.7%
1980 11,089 59.0%
1990 13,736 23.9%
2000 18,190 32.4%
2010 23,547 29.5%
Est. 2015 25,263 7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
2013 Estimate

As of the census of 2010, there were 23,547 people, 6,902 households, and 5,204 families residing in the county. The population density was 70 people per square mile (27/km²). There were 10,687 housing units at an average density of 41 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 90.3% White, 5.8% Black or African American, 0.5% Native American, 0.6% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 0.9% from other races, and 1.8% from two or more races. 3.0% of the population were Hispanics or Latinos of any race.

There were 6,902 households out of which 33.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.60% were married couples living together, 9.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.60% were non-families. 19.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 2.98.

The age distribution was 25.30% under the age of 18, 6.70% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 25.40% from 45 to 64, and 12.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 98.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.50 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $40,822, and the median income for a family was $46,382. Males had a median income of $32,619 versus $22,641 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,908. 10.70% of the population and 8.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 16.10% are under the age of 18 and 8.90% are 65 or older.

Communities

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Map of Currituck County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Currituck County with municipal and township labels

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