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Jones County, North Carolina
Seal of Jones 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 1779
Seat Trenton
Largest town Maysville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

473 sq mi (1,225 km²)
471 sq mi (1,220 km²)
2.5 sq mi (6 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

10,153
22/sq mi (8/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.jones.nc.us
Named for: Willie Jones

Jones County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 10,153, making it the fifth-least populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Trenton.

Jones County is part of the New Bern, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

History

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.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Croatan National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • US 17
  • US 70
  • US 258
  • NC 41
  • NC 58

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 4,796
1800 4,339 −9.5%
1810 4,968 14.5%
1820 5,216 5.0%
1830 5,608 7.5%
1840 4,945 −11.8%
1850 5,038 1.9%
1860 5,730 13.7%
1870 5,002 −12.7%
1880 7,491 49.8%
1890 7,403 −1.2%
1900 8,226 11.1%
1910 8,721 6.0%
1920 9,912 13.7%
1930 10,428 5.2%
1940 10,926 4.8%
1950 11,004 0.7%
1960 11,005 0.0%
1970 9,779 −11.1%
1980 9,705 −0.8%
1990 9,414 −3.0%
2000 10,381 10.3%
2010 10,153 −2.2%
Est. 2015 10,013 −1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 10,381 people, 4,061 households, and 2,936 families residing in the county. The population density was 22 people per square mile (8/km²). There were 4,679 housing units at an average density of 10 per square mile (4/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 60.97% White, 35.87% Black or African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.70% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 2.72% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 4,061 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 15.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 25.70% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 15.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,882, and the median income for a family was $35,180. Males had a median income of $28,662 versus $19,536 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,916. About 14.20% of families and 16.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.30% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

Recreation

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.

Communities

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

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

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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