Duplin County, North Carolina facts for kids
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Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville.
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
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|Named for||Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin|
|• Total||822 sq mi (2,130 km2)|
|• Land||816 sq mi (2,110 km2)|
|• Water||5.5 sq mi (14 km2) 0.7%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||72/sq mi (28/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
The county was formed in 1750 from New Hanover County. It was named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, later 9th Earl of Kinnoull.
In 1784 the western part of Duplin County became Sampson County.
One of Duplin's favorite sons, John Miller, was a postmaster and merchant in Duplin. He migrated to Leon County, Florida, with other North Carolinians in the 1830s-1840s and established a successful cotton plantation called Miccosukee Plantation.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 822 square miles (2,130 km2), of which 816 square miles (2,110 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.7%) is water.
- Wayne County - north
- Lenoir County - northeast
- Jones County - east
- Onslow County - southeast
- Pender County - south
- Sampson County - west
|U.S. Decennial Census
As of the census of 2000, there were 49,063 people, 18,267 households, and 13,060 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 20,520 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 58.67% White, 28.94% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.87% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 15.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 18,267 households, out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 14.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,890, and the median income for a family was $34,760. Males had a median income of $26,212 versus $20,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,499. About 15.30% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 22.70% of those age 65 or over.
- US 117
- US 421
- NC 11
- NC 24
- NC 41
- NC 50
- NC 111
- NC 241
- NC 403
- NC 903
The following public-use airports are located in the county:
- Duplin County Airport (DPL) - Kenansville
- Eagles Nest Airport (6N9) - Potters Hill
- Cypress Creek
- Island Creek
- Rose Hill
Duplin County is important in raising animals for food. It has more hogs than any other county in the United States—2.2 million in 1998, which is greater than the hog population of most states. The county is also the home to a major chicken and turkey industry.
Duplin is also home to Duplin Winery, the oldest winery in North Carolina and the largest winery in the Southeast.
Duplin County is home to James Sprunt Community College.
- Peter Weddick Moore (1859-1934), North Carolina educator and the first president of Elizabeth City State University. Moore was born near Faison, NC, to Weddick and Alecy Thompson Moore, who were both enslaved African Americans.
- Ruth Faison Shaw (1889–1969), American artist and educator who is credited with introducing finger painting into the United States education system. Shaw was born in Kenansville, NC.
- Dr. William Dallas Herring (1916-2007), North Carolina educator who was instrumental in the creation of the North Carolina Community College System. Herring was born in Rose Hill, NC.
- Caleb Davis Bradham (1867-1934), American pharmacist, best known as the inventor of the soft drink Pepsi. Bradham was born in Chinquapin, NC.
- Parker D. Robbins (1834-1917), American soldier, legislator, inventor, and postmaster. Robbins was of African and Native American descent and considered a "free black." In 1877, he moved to Duplin County and established a cotton gin, sawmill, and built a steamboat. Robbins was born in Bertie County, NC.
- James Kenan (1740-1810), Colonial and state official; Revolutionary officer; founder of Kenansville, NC; and Sheriff of Duplin County. Kenan was born in Turkey, NC, at his father's plantation, The Lilacs.
- Benjamin Franklin Grady (1831-1914), US Congressman. Author. Teacher. Farmer. Born near Sarecta, Duplin County October 10, 1831. Teaching mathematics and natural sciences at Austin College in Texas when the Civil War began. Superintendent of public instruction for Duplin County from 1881-1890. In 1891, he was elected for two terms as a United States Representative for the Third District of North Carolina.
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