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Turkey, North Carolina
Town
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Sampson
Area
 • Total 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Land 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 144 ft (44 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 292
 • Density 657.1/sq mi (253.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28393
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-68740
GNIS feature ID 1025759

Turkey is a town in Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 292 at the 2010 census.

History

The name of the town was once Springville. During the town's early history, a large group of wild turkey moved into the area, and the people regarded that as a sign. The town's post office sometimes has received mail intended for the country of Turkey. At one time, the post office received letters from stamp collectors asking for a Thanksgiving Day postmark.

Cherrydale and the Hollingsworth-Hines Farm were added to the National Register of Historic Places in 1986.

Geography

Turkey is located at 34°59′35″N 78°11′3″W / 34.99306°N 78.18417°W / 34.99306; -78.18417 (34.992954, -78.184245).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1920 146
1930 213 45.9%
1940 188 −11.7%
1950 223 18.6%
1960 199 −10.8%
1970 329 65.3%
1980 417 26.7%
1990 234 −43.9%
2000 262 12.0%
2010 292 11.5%
Est. 2015 296 1.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 262 people, 93 households, and 70 families residing in the town. The population density was 657.1 people per square mile (252.9/km²). There were 105 housing units at an average density of 263.3 per square mile (101.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.10% White, 18.70% African American, 1.53% Asian, 1.91% from other races, and 0.76% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.44% of the population.

There were 93 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.5% were married couples living together, 9.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.7% were non-families. 22.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.82 and the average family size was 3.34.

In the town, the population was spread out with 27.5% under the age of 18, 6.1% from 18 to 24, 26.7% from 25 to 44, 21.4% from 45 to 64, and 18.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $19,107, and the median income for a family was $23,125. Males had a median income of $35,313 versus $21,875 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,622. About 25.8% of families and 35.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 49.2% of those under the age of eighteen and 51.7% of those sixty five or over.

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