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Nash 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 1777
Seat Nashville
Largest City Rocky Mount
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

543 sq mi (1,406 km²)
540 sq mi (1,399 km²)
2.4 sq mi (6 km²), 0.4%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

95,840
177/sq mi (68/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.nash.nc.us
Named for: Francis Nash

Nash County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 95,840. Its county seat is Nashville.

Nash County is now a part of the Rocky Mount, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, instead of the Raleigh, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

Nash County was formed in 1777 from Edgecombe County. It was named for American Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Nash, who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown that year.

In 1855, parts of Nash, Edgecombe, Johnston, and Wayne Counties were combined to form Wilson County, North Carolina.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles (1,410 km2), of which 540 square miles (1,400 km2) is land and 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2) (0.4%) is covered by water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • I-95
  • I-495 (future)
  • US 64
  • US 264
  • US 301
  • NC 4
  • NC 33
  • NC 43
  • NC 48
  • NC 56
  • NC 58
  • NC 97
  • NC 98
  • NC 231
  • NC 561
  • NC 581

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 7,390
1800 6,975 −5.6%
1810 7,268 4.2%
1820 8,185 12.6%
1830 8,490 3.7%
1840 9,047 6.6%
1850 10,657 17.8%
1860 11,687 9.7%
1870 11,077 −5.2%
1880 17,731 60.1%
1890 20,707 16.8%
1900 25,478 23.0%
1910 33,727 32.4%
1920 41,061 21.7%
1930 52,782 28.5%
1940 55,608 5.4%
1950 59,919 7.8%
1960 61,002 1.8%
1970 59,122 −3.1%
1980 67,153 13.6%
1990 76,677 14.2%
2000 87,420 14.0%
2010 95,840 9.6%
Est. 2015 93,919 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, 87,420 people, 33,644 households, and 23,920 families resided in the county. The population density was 162 people per square mile (62/km²). The 37,051 housing units averaged 69 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.94% White, 33.93% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. About 3.36% of the population was Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Of the 33,644 households, 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were not families. About 25% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county, the population was distributed as 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,147, and for a family was $44,769. Males had a median income of $32,459 versus $24,438 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,863. About 10.30% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Towns

Census-designated place

Townships

  • Bailey
  • Battleboro
  • Castalia
  • Coopers
  • Dry Wells
  • Ferrells
  • Griffins
  • Jackson
  • Mannings
  • Nashville
  • North Whitakers
  • Oak Level
  • Red Oak
  • Rocky Mount
  • Spring Hope
  • South Whitakers
  • Stony Creek

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