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Whitakers, North Carolina
Buildings in the center of Whitakers
Buildings in the center of Whitakers
Location in Edgecombe County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Edgecombe County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Edgecombe, Nash
Founded 1740
Incorporated 1872
Area
 • Total 0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)
 • Land 0.82 sq mi (2.13 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation
128 ft (39 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 744
 • Estimate 
(2019)
702
 • Density 855.05/sq mi (330.30/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27891
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-73160
GNIS feature ID 0997124
Website http://townofwhitakers.org

Whitakers is a town in Edgecombe and Nash Counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is divided between the two counties by railroad tracks and is the northernmost town in the two counties. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 744 in 2010.

History

The Porter Houses and Armstrong Kitchen was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2002.

Geography

Whitakers is located at 36°6′21″N 77°42′49″W / 36.10583°N 77.71361°W / 36.10583; -77.71361 (36.105951, -77.713582).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of .81 square miles (2.1 km²), all land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 388
1910 755 94.6%
1920 723 −4.2%
1930 930 28.6%
1940 883 −5.1%
1950 962 8.9%
1960 1,004 4.4%
1970 926 −7.8%
1980 924 −0.2%
1990 860 −6.9%
2000 799 −7.1%
2010 744 −6.9%
2019 (est.) 702 −5.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Whitakers racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 161 25.68%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 433 69.06%
Native American 1 0.16%
Asian 1 0.16%
Other/Mixed 19 3.03%
Hispanic or Latino 12 1.91%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 627 people, 304 households, and 173 families residing in the town.

Notable people

  • Dwight Watson, aka "Tractor man," brought much of Washington, D.C. to a standstill for two days when he drove a tractor into the pond in the Constitution Gardens area of the National Mall and claimed to have explosives.
  • Nathan Mayo, Florida Commissioner of Agriculture
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