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Halifax 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 1758
Seat Halifax
Largest City Roanoke Rapids
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

731 sq mi (1,893 km²)
724 sq mi (1,875 km²)
7.1 sq mi (18 km²), 1.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

54,691
76/sq mi (29/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.halifaxnc.com
Named for: George Montague-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax

Halifax County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 54,691. 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%
Est. 2015 52,456 −4.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 54,691 people residing 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).

As of the census of 2000, there were 57,370 people, 22,122 households, and 15,308 families residing in the county. The population density was 79 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 25,309 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 52.56% Black or African American, 42.57% White, 3.14% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,122 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.10% were married couples living together, 20.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.06.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,459, and the median income for a family was $33,515. Males had a median income of $28,025 versus $20,524 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,810. About 19.40% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.00% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or over.

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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