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Stokes County, North Carolina
Seal of Stokes 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 1789
Seat Danbury
Largest town King
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

456 sq mi (1,181 km²)
449 sq mi (1,163 km²)
6.8 sq mi (18 km²), 1.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

47,401
106/sq mi (41/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.co.stokes.nc.us
Named for: John Stokes

Stokes County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 47,401. Its county seat is Danbury.

Stokes County is included in the Winston-Salem, N.C., Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, N.C., Combined Statistical Area.

History

View of walls Rock House Stokes County North Carolina
Ruins of the Rock House, c. 1770, built by Capt. Jack Martin, Revolutionary War soldier and pioneer. National Register of Historic Places

The county was formed in 1789 from Surry County. It was named for John Stokes, an American Revolutionary War captain severely wounded when British Colonel Banastre Tarleton's cavalry practically destroyed Col. Abraham Buford's Virginia regiment in the Waxhaws region in 1780. After the war, Captain Stokes was appointed a judge of the United States district court for North Carolina. In 1849 the southern half of Stokes County became Forsyth County.

During the American Civil War, Moratock Iron Furnace located near Danbury served as a foundry for the Confederate Army. It was destroyed in April 1865 when Union cavalry under the command of General George Stoneman conducted extensive raiding through the region.

Hanging Rock State Park was formed primarily from blocks of land donated in 1936 and contained 6,921 acres (28.01 km2) in 2005. Many of the facilities in the park were built by the Civilian Conservation Corps between 1935 and 1942. The park is located atop the Sauratown Mountains, and contains a visitor's center, a manmade lake, and plenty of hiking trails, climbing trails, picnic areas, and primitive campgrounds.

Geography

SauratownMountains.wmg
The Sauratown Mountains cut through Stokes County which is otherwise gently rolling piedmont hills. The Blue Ridge Mountains in the background lie to the west of Stokes County.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 456 square miles (1,180 km2), of which 449 square miles (1,160 km2) is land and 6.8 square miles (18 km2) (1.5%) is water.

The county lies within the Piedmont region of western North Carolina, and most of the terrain consists of gently rolling countryside. However, the Sauratown Mountains run across the center of the county. The Sauras are named after the Saura Native American tribe which lived in the county before European settlement. A chain of jagged ridges, the Sauratown Mountains are an isolated remnant of the Blue Ridge Mountains far to the west. Although the Sauratown Mountains occupy only 5% of Stokes County, they dominate the scenery from almost any direction, abruptly rising from 800 to 1,700 feet (520 m) above the surrounding terrain. Moore's Knob, the highest point in the chain, rises to 2,579 feet (786 m). Most of the county is less than 1,000 feet (300 m) above sea level. The Dan River runs from the northwest corner to the southeastern section of Stokes County (covering over 56 miles of river recreation). Stokes County is home to Hanging Rock State Park and also has the mass majority of Belews Lake (located in the southeast corner).

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 52
  • US 311
  • NC 8
  • NC 65
  • NC 66
  • NC 89
  • NC 268
  • NC 704
  • NC 770
  • NC 772

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 8,423
1800 11,026 30.9%
1810 11,645 5.6%
1820 14,033 20.5%
1830 16,196 15.4%
1840 16,265 0.4%
1850 9,206 −43.4%
1860 10,402 13.0%
1870 11,208 7.7%
1880 15,353 37.0%
1890 17,199 12.0%
1900 19,866 15.5%
1910 20,151 1.4%
1920 20,575 2.1%
1930 22,290 8.3%
1940 22,656 1.6%
1950 21,520 −5.0%
1960 22,314 3.7%
1970 23,782 6.6%
1980 33,086 39.1%
1990 37,223 12.5%
2000 44,712 20.1%
2010 47,401 6.0%
Est. 2015 46,351 −2.2%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 44,712 people, 17,579 households, and 13,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 99 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 19,262 housing units at an average density of 43 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 93.43% White, 4.66% Black or African American, 0.24% Native American, 0.19% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 0.88% from other races, and 0.54% from two or more races. 1.87% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 17,579 households out of which 33.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.60% were married couples living together, 9.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 22.80% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 7.30% from 18 to 24, 31.40% from 25 to 44, 25.00% from 45 to 64, and 11.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $38,808, and the median income for a family was $44,615. Males had a median income of $30,824 versus $24,319 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,130. About 6.90% of families and 9.10% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.00% of those under age 18 and 15.90% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

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

Cities

Towns

Village

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Beaver Island
  • Big Creek
  • Danbury
  • Meadows
  • Peters Creek
  • Quaker Gap
  • Sauratown
  • Snow Creek
  • Yadkin

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