Camden County
Camden County Courthouse
Flag of Camden County
Official seal of Camden County
Official logo of Camden County
Motto: 
"Boundless Opportunities."
Map of North Carolina highlighting Camden 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.
Coordinates: 36°20′32″N 76°09′45″W / 36.342344°N 76.162488°W / 36.342344; -76.162488
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1777
(Consolidated July 1, 2006)[1]
Named forCharles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
SeatCamden
Largest communityCamden
Area
 • Total310.25 sq mi (803.5 km2)
 • Land240.33 sq mi (622.5 km2)
 • Water69.92 sq mi (181.1 km2)  22.54%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total10,335
 • Estimate 
(2022)
11,088
 • Density43.00/sq mi (16.60/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.camdencountync.gov

Camden County is a consolidated city-county[1] located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,335,[2] making it the fourth-least populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Camden.[3] Camden County is part of the Elizabeth City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Virginia Beach-Chesapeake, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.[4]

History

The county was formed in 1777 from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County. It was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord Camden, who had opposed the Stamp Act. The county is the site of the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal. It was the site of the Battle of South Mills on April 19, 1862, during the American Civil War, which was a minor victory to the Confederacy.

Shiloh Baptist Church, founded around 1727 by Paul Palmer, is the oldest Baptist church in North Carolina.[5] It is located in the Shiloh township.

Though technically there are (or were) no incorporated municipalities in Camden County (with the exception of a small portion of Elizabeth City; most of which is in bordering Pasquotank County), the county became the first consolidated city-county entity in North Carolina on July 1, 2006.[1]

Camden County is the location of Academi's Blackwater Lodge and Training Center for paramilitary and security operations.

Geography

Camden County, NC[6]
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Map
Interactive map of Camden County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 310.25 square miles (803.5 km2), of which 240.33 square miles (622.5 km2) is land and 69.92 square miles (181.1 km2) (22.54%) is water.[7]

National protected area

State and local protected areas

Major water bodies

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
17904,022
18004,1914.2%
18105,34727.6%
18206,34718.7%
18306,7336.1%
18405,663−15.9%
18506,0496.8%
18605,343−11.7%
18705,3610.3%
18806,27417.0%
18905,667−9.7%
19005,474−3.4%
19105,6403.0%
19205,382−4.6%
19305,4611.5%
19405,440−0.4%
19505,223−4.0%
19605,5987.2%
19705,453−2.6%
19805,8296.9%
19905,9041.3%
20006,88516.6%
20109,98045.0%
202010,3353.6%
2022 (est.)11,088[2]7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010[12] 2020[2]

2020 census

Camden County racial composition[13]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 8,200 79.19%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,049 10.13%
Native American 40 0.39%
Asian 118 1.14%
Pacific Islander 1 0.01%
Other/Mixed 607 5.86%
Hispanic or Latino 340 3.28%

As of the 2020 census, there were 10,355 people, 3,933 households, and 3,154 families residing in the county.

2010 census

At the 2010 census,[14] there were 9,980 people, 2,662 households, and 2,023 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11 people/km2). There were 2,973 housing units at an average density of 12 units per square mile (4.6 units/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 82.1% White, 13.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,662 households, out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals, and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,493, and the median income for a family was $45,387. Males had a median income of $36,274 versus $24,875 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,681. 10.10% of the population and 7.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.60% are under the age of 18 and 20.30% are 65 or older.

Government and politics

Camden County is a member of the Albemarle Commission regional council of governments and is represented by Bobby Hanig in the 1st district in the North Carolina State Senate and Edward Charles Goodwin in the 1st district in the North Carolina House of Representatives.[15]

United States presidential election results for Camden County, North Carolina[16]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,312 72.43% 1,537 25.82% 104 1.75%
2016 3,546 70.83% 1,274 25.45% 186 3.72%
2012 3,109 66.09% 1,508 32.06% 87 1.85%
2008 3,140 65.13% 1,597 33.13% 84 1.74%
2004 2,480 64.75% 1,339 34.96% 11 0.29%
2000 1,628 57.51% 1,187 41.93% 16 0.57%
1996 1,074 41.86% 1,186 46.22% 306 11.93%
1992 1,039 38.84% 1,153 43.10% 483 18.06%
1988 1,144 50.87% 1,081 48.07% 24 1.07%
1984 1,282 54.25% 1,075 45.49% 6 0.25%
1980 813 38.94% 1,212 58.05% 63 3.02%
1976 562 31.07% 1,231 68.05% 16 0.88%
1972 909 60.20% 556 36.82% 45 2.98%
1968 180 9.06% 707 35.58% 1,100 55.36%
1964 534 38.03% 870 61.97% 0 0.00%
1960 338 25.00% 1,014 75.00% 0 0.00%
1956 343 29.67% 813 70.33% 0 0.00%
1952 340 25.45% 996 74.55% 0 0.00%
1948 127 16.30% 576 73.94% 76 9.76%
1944 193 21.09% 722 78.91% 0 0.00%
1940 134 12.24% 961 87.76% 0 0.00%
1936 117 10.40% 1,008 89.60% 0 0.00%
1932 78 7.85% 915 92.05% 1 0.10%
1928 245 28.19% 624 71.81% 0 0.00%
1924 132 22.88% 436 75.56% 9 1.56%
1920 142 20.82% 540 79.18% 0 0.00%
1916 86 18.86% 368 80.70% 2 0.44%
1912 40 9.88% 303 74.81% 62 15.31%

Education

There are five schools in Camden County: Grandy Primary School, Camden Intermediate School, Camden Middle School, Camden County High School, and Camden Early College. However, one other former school lies in Shiloh. It was a community school for the Shiloh area. The Shiloh School sign is still visible on the top of the facade at the front of the building.

Communities

Map of Camden County with municipal and township labels

City

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

See also

References

  1. ^ a b c "Ordinance No. 2006-06-02". www.camdencountync.gov. June 19, 2006. Archived from the original on July 31, 2007. Retrieved December 16, 2023.
  2. ^ a b c "QuickFacts: Camden County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  4. ^ "OMB Bulletin No. 23-01: Revised Delineations of Metropolitan Statistical Areas, Micropolitan Statistical Areas, and Combined Statistical Areas, and Guidance on Uses of the Delineations of These Areas" (PDF). United States Office of Management and Budget. July 21, 2023. Retrieved August 10, 2023.
  5. ^ "People Called Baptists". Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Retrieved January 3, 2007.
  6. ^ http://www.usa.com/camden-county-nc-weather.htm#HistoricalTemperature[bare URL]
  7. ^ "2020 County Gazetteer Files – North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. August 23, 2022. Retrieved September 9, 2023.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Archived (PDF) from the original on March 27, 2010. Retrieved January 13, 2015.
  12. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved October 18, 2013.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  14. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  15. ^ "Representation - North Carolina General Assembly". www.ncleg.gov. Retrieved April 18, 2022.
  16. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 14, 2018.