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Jones County Courthouse
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|Named for||Willie Jones|
|• Total||473 sq mi (1,230 km2)|
|• Land||471 sq mi (1,220 km2)|
|• Water||2.5 sq mi (6 km2) 0.5%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||19.6/sq mi (7.6/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
Jones County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 9,172, making it the fourth-least populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Trenton. Jones County is part of the New Bern, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area..
The county was formed in 1779 from the southwestern part of Craven County. It was named for Willie Jones, a planter, slaveholder, Revolutionary leader and president of the North Carolina Committee of Safety during the war. He opposed state ratification of the United States Constitution.
The rural Low Country county was originally developed for plantations, which were dependent on the labor of enslaved African Americans.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 473 square miles (1,230 km2), of which 471 square miles (1,220 km2) is land and 2.5 square miles (6.5 km2) (0.5%) is water.
- Craven County - northeast
- Carteret County - southeast
- Onslow County - south
- Duplin County - west
- Lenoir County - northwest
National protected area
- Croatan National Forest (part)
- US 17
- US 70
- US 258
- NC 41
- NC 58
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||2,564||27.95%|
|Hispanic or Latino||394||4.3%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 9,172 people, 4,045 households, and 2,644 families residing in the county.
Jones County lies 8 miles west of the Atlantic Ocean but the only waterfront areas in the county are along the Trent and White Oak rivers. Part of the Great Dover Swamp also lies within the county lines. Many enjoy boating and fishing activities as well as camping at the 17 Family Campground along Highway 17 north in Maysville. The Croatan National Forest offers hiking trails and wildlife viewing and the wide open spaces of fields and forests are a haven for outdoors men.
The county is divided into seven townships, which are both numbered and named:
- 1 (White Oak)
- 2 (Pollocksville)
- 3 (Trenton)
- 4 (Cypress Creek)
- 5 (Tuckahoe)
- 6 (Chinquapin)
- 7 (Beaver Creek)
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