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Henderson, North Carolina
Historic downtown Henderson
Historic downtown Henderson
Official seal of Henderson, North Carolina
Seal
Nickname(s): 
The Gateway City, Triangle North, Lil’ Durham, The Gate's
motto = Progress, Pride, Potential
Location of Henderson, North Carolina
Location of Henderson, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°19′29″N 78°24′31″W / 36.32472°N 78.40861°W / 36.32472; -78.40861Coordinates: 36°19′29″N 78°24′31″W / 36.32472°N 78.40861°W / 36.32472; -78.40861
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Vance
Named for Leonard Henderson
Government
 • Type Municipality
Area
 • Total 8.63 sq mi (22.34 km2)
 • Land 8.62 sq mi (22.33 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
Elevation
505 ft (154 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 15,368
 • Estimate 
(2019)
14,911
 • Density 1,729.61/sq mi (667.79/km2)
Demonym(s) Hendersonian
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
27536-27537
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-30660
GNIS feature ID 0986608
Website Ci.henderson.nc.us

Henderson, a city with a population of 15,368 at the 2010 census, is the county seat of Vance County, North Carolina, United States.

History

The city was named in honor of former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, who lived nearby and was a friend of early settler Lewis Reavis. Henderson was officially chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1841.

Prior to the creation of Vance County in 1881, Henderson was located in far eastern Granville County.

Ashland, Henderson Central Business Historic District, Henderson Fire Station and Municipal Building, Library and Laboratory Building-Henderson Institute, Mistletoe Villa, Maria Parham Hospital, Daniel Stone Plank House, Vance County Courthouse, West End School, Zollicoffer's Law Office, and Barker House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Henderson is located at 36°19′29″N 78°24′31″W / 36.32472°N 78.40861°W / 36.32472; -78.40861 (36.324753, −78.408536).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21 km2), of which, 8.2 square miles (21 km2) of it is land and 0.12% is water.

Henderson benefits from its location near Interstate 85 and U.S. 1. Highway 39 also runs through Henderson.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 186
1870 1,635 779.0%
1880 1,421 −13.1%
1890 4,191 194.9%
1900 3,746 −10.6%
1910 4,503 20.2%
1920 5,222 16.0%
1930 6,345 21.5%
1940 7,647 20.5%
1950 10,996 43.8%
1960 12,740 15.9%
1970 13,896 9.1%
1980 13,522 −2.7%
1990 15,655 15.8%
2000 16,095 2.8%
2010 15,368 −4.5%
2019 (est.) 14,911 −3.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

At the 2000 census there were 16,095 people, 6,332 households, and 4,122 families living in the city. The population density was 1,953.7 people per square mile (754.2/km2). There were 6,870 housing units at an average density of 833.9 per square mile (321.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 59.17% African American, 32.76% White, 0.27% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.36% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.13%.

Of the 6,332 households 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 34.1% were married couples living together, 26.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 30.7% of households were one person and 14.4% were one person aged 65 or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 3.05.

The age distribution was 27.4% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 26.8% from 25 to 44, 20.6% from 45 to 64, and 16.4% 65 or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 82.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 75.5 males.

The median household income was $23,745 and the median family income was $30,222. Males had a median income of $26,804 versus $19,910 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,130. About 23.4% of families and 28.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 40.5% of those under age 18 and 20.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

  • Gerald Alston (1951 – ), member of R&B vocal group The Manhattans
  • George Lincoln Blackwell (1861 – 1926), theologian and author
  • Charles Briggs (1932 – 1985), American actor
  • Charlotte Hawkins Brown (1883 – 1961), educator and founder of the Palmer Institute
  • Jason Brown (1983 – ), professional football player with the St. Louis Rams
  • Duke Buchan (1963 – ), United States Ambassador to Spain and Andorra, raised near Henderson
  • Danny Flowers (1948 – ), songwriter of "Tulsa Time"
  • Elson Floyd (1956 – 2015), educator and 10th president of Washington State University
  • Rachel Henderlite (1905 –1991), Presbyterian minister and educator
  • Dave Henderson (1964 -), basketball player, 1991 Israeli Basketball Premier League MVP
  • Isaiah Hicks (1994 – ), basketball player for the New York Knicks
  • Sammy Jackson (1937 – 1995), actor.
  • Ben E. King (1938 – 2015), soul and pop singer, best known as the singer and co-composer of "Stand by Me"
  • Shirley Owens (1941 – ), singer, member of the Shirelles
  • Charlie Rose (1942 – ), television talk show host and journalist, was born and raised in Henderson
  • Wilbur Fisk Tillett (1854–1936), theologian and dean of Vanderbilt Divinity School
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