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Halifax County
Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina)
Halifax County Courthouse (North Carolina)
Map of North Carolina highlighting Halifax County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
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North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1758
Named for George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax
Seat Halifax
Largest city Roanoke Rapids
Area
 • Total 731 sq mi (1,890 km2)
 • Land 724 sq mi (1,880 km2)
 • Water 7.1 sq mi (18 km2)  1.0%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
48,272
 • Density 66.7/sq mi (25.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Halifax County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 48,622. Its county seat is Halifax.

Halifax County is part of the Roanoke Rapids, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Rocky Mount-Wilson-Roanoke Rapids, NC Combined Statistical Area.

History

The county was formed in 1758 from Edgecombe County. It was named for George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax, President of the Board of Trade from 1748 to 1761 (Halifax, Nova Scotia was also named after him).

In 1774 the southeastern part of Halifax County was combined with part of Tyrrell County to form Martin County.

Halifax County historically holds the number 1 or 2 spot in North Carolina for the number of harvested white-tailed deer (NC Wildlife Commission). In the 2009-2010 Deer hunting season, 5,443 whitetails were harvested. It is 250 more than 2nd place, Northampton County.

Halifax County Schools are the lowest performing schools in the state of North Carolina.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 731 square miles (1,890 km2), of which 724 square miles (1,880 km2) is land and 7.1 square miles (18 km2) (1.0%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-95
  • US 158
  • US 258
  • US 301
  • NC 4
  • NC 43
  • NC 48
  • NC 97
  • NC 122
  • NC 125
  • NC 481
  • NC 561
  • NC 903

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 14,310
1800 13,945 −2.6%
1810 15,620 12.0%
1820 17,237 10.4%
1830 17,739 2.9%
1840 16,865 −4.9%
1850 16,589 −1.6%
1860 19,442 17.2%
1870 20,408 5.0%
1880 30,300 48.5%
1890 28,908 −4.6%
1900 30,793 6.5%
1910 37,646 22.3%
1920 43,766 16.3%
1930 53,246 21.7%
1940 56,512 6.1%
1950 58,377 3.3%
1960 58,956 1.0%
1970 53,884 −8.6%
1980 55,286 2.6%
1990 55,516 0.4%
2000 57,370 3.3%
2010 54,691 −4.7%
2020 48,622 −11.1%
2021 (est.) 48,272 −11.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Halifax County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 19,070 39.22%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 24,737 50.88%
Native American 1,593 3.28%
Asian 281 0.58%
Pacific Islander 11 0.02%
Other/Mixed 1,476 3.04%
Hispanic or Latino 1,454 2.99%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 48,622 people, 21,017 households, and 13,680 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 54,691 people living in the county. 53.2% were Black or African American, 40.0% White, 3.8% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 1.1% of some other race and 1.2% of two or more races. 2.1% were Hispanic or Latino (of any race).

Communities

Map of Halifax County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Halifax County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Brinkleyville
  • Butterwood
  • Conoconnara
  • Enfield
  • Faucett
  • Halifax
  • Hobgood
  • Littleton
  • Palmyra
  • Roanoke Rapids
  • Roseneath
  • Scotland Neck
  • Weldon
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