Kenansville, North Carolina
Town of Kenansville
Courthouse Square
Courthouse Square
Official seal of Kenansville, North Carolina
Kenansville is located in North Carolina
Kenansville
Kenansville
Location within the state of North Carolina
Kenansville is located in the United States
Kenansville
Kenansville
Kenansville (the United States)
Coordinates: 34°57′35″N 77°57′58″W / 34.95972°N 77.96611°W / 34.95972; -77.96611
Country United States
State North Carolina
CountyDuplin
IncorporatedDecember 27, 1852 (1852-12-27)
Named forJames Kenan
Area
 • Total2.12 sq mi (5.48 km2)
 • Land2.12 sq mi (5.48 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation131 ft (40 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total770
 • Density363.89/sq mi (140.51/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28349
Area codes910, 472
FIPS code37-35460[3]
GNIS feature ID2405934[2]
Websitekenansville.org

Kenansville is a town in Duplin County, North Carolina, United States. Its population was 770 at the 2020 census.[4] It is the county seat of Duplin County.[5] The town was named for James Kenan,[6] a member of the North Carolina Senate. Liberty Hall, his early 1800s era historic home, is located within Kenansville.[7]

History

The Needham Whitfield Herring House and Kenansville Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

Geography

Kenansville is located slightly west of the center of Duplin County. North Carolina Highways 11 and 50 pass through the center of town, while North Carolina Highway 24 bypasses the town as a four-lane highway to the southeast. NC 24 leads southwest 5 miles (8 km) to Interstate 40 at Exit 373 and east 38 miles (61 km) to Jacksonville. NC 11 leads northeast 33 miles (53 km) to Kinston and south 18 miles (29 km) to Wallace, while NC 50 leads southeast 46 miles (74 km) to Holly Ridge and west 8 miles (13 km) to Warsaw.

According to the United States Census Bureau, Kenansville has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.5 km2), all land.[4]

Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.Note
1880376
1890291−22.6%
1900271−6.9%
1910270−0.4%
192030211.9%
193045049.0%
194057126.9%
195067418.0%
19607247.4%
19707625.2%
198093122.2%
1990856−8.1%
20001,14934.2%
2010855−25.6%
2020770−9.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census

Kenansville racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 442 57.4%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 249 32.34%
Native American 1 0.13%
Asian 3 0.39%
Other/Mixed 48 6.23%
Hispanic or Latino 27 3.51%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 770 people, 411 households, and 236 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,149 people, 281 households, and 180 families residing in the town. The population density was 609.5 inhabitants per square mile (235.3/km2). There were 314 housing units at an average density of 166.6 per square mile (64.3/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 51.35% White, 45.95% African American, 0.26% Native American, 0.44% Asian, 1.83% from other races, and 0.17% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.70% of the population.

There were 281 households, out of which 22.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.2% were married couples living together, 10.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.6% were non-families. 32.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.83.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 11.8% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 35.7% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 167.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 167.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,053, and the median income for a family was $41,307. Males had a median income of $27,917 versus $23,021 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,933. About 11.9% of families and 28.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 11.3% of those under age 18 and 56.9% of those age 65 or over.

Cultural resources

The Cowan Museum has artifacts from the early rural heritage of North Carolina and Duplin County.[11] Also located in Kenansville is Liberty Hall, the early 1800s era historic home of James Kenan, after whom the town was named.[12][13]

References

  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Kenansville, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Kenansville town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved November 30, 2015.
  5. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on May 31, 2011. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  6. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. Govt. Print. Off. pp. 173.
  7. ^ Proffitt, Martie (April 17, 1983). "Local history offers tasty tidbits". Star-News. pp. 8C. Retrieved November 1, 2015.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 24, 2021.
  11. ^ "Cowan Museum of History and Science". Retrieved May 19, 2023.
  12. ^ "Liberty Hall of Kenansville". Retrieved May 19, 2023.
  13. ^ "Kenansville Historic District". Town of Kenansville. October 8, 2021.