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Montgomery County, North Carolina
Seal of Montgomery 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 Troy
Largest town Troy
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

502 sq mi (1,300 km²)
492 sq mi (1,274 km²)
10 sq mi (26 km²), 2.0%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

27,798
57/sq mi (22/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: http://www.montgomerycountync.com/
Named for: Richard Montgomery

Montgomery County is a rural county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 27,798. Its county seat is Troy.

Montgomery County's motto is "The Golden Opportunity".

History

The county was formed in 1779 from Anson County. It was named in honor and respect of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. In 1841 the part of Montgomery County west of the Pee Dee River became Stanly County

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 502 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 492 square miles (1,270 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (2.0%) is water. It is situated in the heart of the Uwharrie National Forest. There are also schools in Montgomery County such as Star Elementary, Mt. Gilead Elementary, Candor Elementary, Page Street Elementary, Green Ridge Elementary, West Montgomery Middle, East Montgomery Middle, East Montgomery High, and West Montgomery High.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Uwharrie National Forest (part)

Major highways

  • I-73
  • I-74
  • US 220
  • NC 24
  • NC 27
  • NC 73
  • NC 109
  • NC 134
  • NC 211
  • NC 731

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,039
1800 7,677 52.4%
1810 8,430 9.8%
1820 8,693 3.1%
1830 10,919 25.6%
1840 10,780 −1.3%
1850 6,872 −36.3%
1860 7,649 11.3%
1870 7,487 −2.1%
1880 9,374 25.2%
1890 11,239 19.9%
1900 14,197 26.3%
1910 14,967 5.4%
1920 14,607 −2.4%
1930 16,218 11.0%
1940 16,280 0.4%
1950 17,260 6.0%
1960 18,408 6.7%
1970 19,267 4.7%
1980 22,469 16.6%
1990 23,346 3.9%
2000 26,822 14.9%
2010 27,798 3.6%
Est. 2015 27,548 −0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 26,822 people, 9,848 households, and 7,189 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km²). There were 14,145 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 69.07% White, 21.84% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.75% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 10.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,848 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.080.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,903, and the median income for a family was $39,616. Males had a median income of $27,832 versus $21,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,505. About 10.90% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 17.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Towns

Townships

  • Biscoe
  • Cheek Creek
  • Eldorado
  • Little River
  • Mount Gilead
  • Ophir
  • Pee Dee
  • Rocky Springs
  • Star
  • Troy
  • Uwharrie

Unincorporated Communities


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