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Washington County
Somerset Place, a former plantation near Creswell.
Somerset Place, a former plantation near Creswell.
Map of North Carolina highlighting Washington 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 1799
Named for George Washington
Seat Plymouth
Largest town Plymouth
Area
 • Total 424 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Land 348 sq mi (900 km2)
 • Water 76 sq mi (200 km2)  18%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
10,892
 • Density 31.3/sq mi (12.1/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 1st

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 11,003. Its county seat is Plymouth. The county was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It was named for George Washington.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 424 square miles (1,100 km2), of which 348 square miles (900 km2) is land and 76 square miles (200 km2) (18%) is water. The county borders the Albemarle Sound.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

  • Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge (part)

Major highways

  • US 64
  • NC 32
  • NC 45
  • NC 94
  • NC 99
  • NC 308

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1800 2,422
1810 3,464 43.0%
1820 3,986 15.1%
1830 4,552 14.2%
1840 4,525 −0.6%
1850 5,664 25.2%
1860 6,357 12.2%
1870 6,516 2.5%
1880 8,928 37.0%
1890 10,200 14.2%
1900 10,608 4.0%
1910 11,062 4.3%
1920 11,429 3.3%
1930 11,603 1.5%
1940 12,323 6.2%
1950 13,180 7.0%
1960 13,488 2.3%
1970 14,038 4.1%
1980 14,801 5.4%
1990 13,997 −5.4%
2000 13,723 −2.0%
2010 13,228 −3.6%
2020 11,003 −16.8%
2021 (est.) 10,892 −17.7%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Washington County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 4,958 45.06%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 5,350 48.62%
Native American 15 0.14%
Asian 37 0.34%
Pacific Islander 3 0.03%
Other/Mixed 269 2.44%
Hispanic or Latino 371 3.37%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,003 people, 4,977 households, and 2,655 families residing in the county.

Communities

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

Towns

Unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Plymouth
  • Lees Mill
  • Scuppernong
  • Skinnersville

Education

  • Creswell High School
  • Plymouth High School
  • Pocosin Innovative Charter
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