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Perquimans 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 1739
Seat Hertford
Largest town Hertford
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

329 sq mi (852 km²)
247 sq mi (640 km²)
82 sq mi (212 km²), 25%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

13,453
54/sq mi (21/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.perquimans.nc.us
Named for: The Perquimans Indians, an Algonquian people

Perquimans /pɜːrˈkwɪmæns/ County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,453. Its county seat is Hertford. The county was originally created as Berkeley Precinct. It was renamed Perquimans Precinct around 1684 and gained county status in 1739.

Perquimans 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.

The Harvey Point Defense Testing Activity facility is located in Perquimans County.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 329 square miles (850 km2), of which 247 square miles (640 km2) is land and 82 square miles (210 km2) (25%) is water.

Courthouse and the Jim "Catfish" Hunter Memorial 
The Perquimans River and the "S" Bridge. 

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 17
  • NC 37

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,439
1800 5,708 4.9%
1810 6,052 6.0%
1820 6,857 13.3%
1830 7,419 8.2%
1840 7,346 −1.0%
1850 7,332 −0.2%
1860 7,238 −1.3%
1870 7,945 9.8%
1880 9,466 19.1%
1890 9,293 −1.8%
1900 10,091 8.6%
1910 11,054 9.5%
1920 11,137 0.8%
1930 10,668 −4.2%
1940 9,773 −8.4%
1950 9,602 −1.7%
1960 9,178 −4.4%
1970 8,351 −9.0%
1980 9,486 13.6%
1990 10,447 10.1%
2000 11,368 8.8%
2010 13,453 18.3%
Est. 2015 13,440 −0.1%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 11,368 people, 4,645 households, and 3,376 families residing in the county. The population density was 46 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 6,043 housing units at an average density of 24 per square mile (9/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 70.82% White, 27.99% Black or African American, 0.18% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.13% from other races, and 0.64% from two or more races. 0.60% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race. There were 4,645 households of which 28.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.50% were married couples living together, 12.60% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.42 and the average family size was 2.86.

23.00% of the population were under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 24.40% from 25 to 44, 26.60% from 45 to 64, and 19.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 91.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 87.50 males.

The median household income was $29,538 and the median family income was $35,212. Males had a median income of $27,251 compared with $18,728 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,728. About 13.90% of families and 17.90% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.20% of those under age 18 and 15.80% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Towns

Unincorporated community


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