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Pasquotank County
Pasquotank County Courthouse
Pasquotank County Courthouse
Map of North Carolina highlighting Pasquotank 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 1739
Named for The Pasquotank Indians, an Algonquian people
Seat Elizabeth City
Largest city Elizabeth City
Area
 • Total 289 sq mi (750 km2)
 • Land 227 sq mi (590 km2)
 • Water 63 sq mi (160 km2)  22%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 40,661
 • Density 179/sq mi (69/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts 1st, 3rd

Pasquotank County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,661. Its county seat is Elizabeth City. The county was originally created as Pasquotank Precinct and gained county status in 1739.

Pasquotank County is part of the Elizabeth City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 289 square miles (750 km2), of which 227 square miles (590 km2) is land and 63 square miles (160 km2) (22%) is water. It is the fifth-smallest county in North Carolina by land area.

Almost all of the terrain in Pasquotank County is flatland with a topography near sea level, a characteristic of most of North Carolina's Coastal Plain. The county is flanked by two rivers: the Pasquotank—with which it shares its name—to the east, and the Little River to the west.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Major highways

  • US 17
  • US 158
  • NC 344

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,477
1800 5,379 −1.8%
1810 7,674 42.7%
1820 8,008 4.4%
1830 8,641 7.9%
1840 8,514 −1.5%
1850 8,950 5.1%
1860 8,940 −0.1%
1870 8,131 −9.0%
1880 10,369 27.5%
1890 10,748 3.7%
1900 13,660 27.1%
1910 16,693 22.2%
1920 17,670 5.9%
1930 19,143 8.3%
1940 20,568 7.4%
1950 24,347 18.4%
1960 25,630 5.3%
1970 26,824 4.7%
1980 28,462 6.1%
1990 31,298 10.0%
2000 34,895 11.5%
2010 40,661 16.5%
Est. 2015 39,829 −2.0%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2010, there were 40,661 people, 13,907 households, and 9,687 families residing in the county. The population density was 154 people per square mile (59/km²). There were 14,289 housing units at an average density of 63 per square mile (24/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.7% White, 37.8% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.0% Pacific Islander, 1.8% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. 4.0% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 12,907 households out of which 33.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 16.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 25.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.9% under the age of 18, 11.3% from 18 to 24, 28.4% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 93.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 90.1 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,444, and the median income for a family was $36,402. Males had a median income of $30,072 versus $21,652 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,815. 18.4% of the population and 15.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 25.5% are under the age of 18 and 17.9% are 65 or older.

Communities

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

City

Unincorporated communities

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