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Washington 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 1799
Seat Plymouth
Largest town Plymouth
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

424 sq mi (1,098 km²)
348 sq mi (901 km²)
76 sq mi (197 km²), 18%
PopulationEst.
 - (2013)
 - Density

12,722
38/sq mi (15/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.washconc.org
Named for: George Washington

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 13,228. 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%
Est. 2015 12,385 −6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 13,723 people, 5,367 households, and 3,907 families residing in the county. The population density was 39 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 6,174 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 48.28% White, 48.94% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 2.27% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,367 households out of which 31.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.10% were married couples living together, 18.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 24.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.70% 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 2.99.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 89.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,865, and the median income for a family was $34,888. Males had a median income of $27,058 versus $19,477 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,994. About 17.60% of families and 21.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.50% of those under age 18 and 19.20% of those age 65 or over.

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

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