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Jones County
Jones County Courthouse
Jones County Courthouse
Official seal of Jones County
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Jones County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1779
Named for Willie Jones
Seat Trenton
Largest town Maysville
Area
 • Total 473 sq mi (1,230 km2)
 • Land 471 sq mi (1,220 km2)
 • Water 2.5 sq mi (6 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
9,255
 • Density 19.6/sq mi (7.6/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd

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..

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%
2020 9,172 −9.7%
2021 (est.) 9,255 −8.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Jones County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 5,787 63.09%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,564 27.95%
Native American 42 0.46%
Asian 32 0.35%
Other/Mixed 353 3.85%
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.

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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