Montgomery County
County of Montgomery
Montgomery County Courthouse
Montgomery County Courthouse
Official seal of Montgomery County
Official logo of Montgomery County
Motto(s): 
The Golden Opportunity
Map of North Carolina highlighting Montgomery 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: 35°20′N 79°54′W / 35.33°N 79.9°W / 35.33; -79.9
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1779
Named forRichard Montgomery
SeatTroy
Largest townTroy
Area
 • Total502 sq mi (1,300 km2)
 • Land492 sq mi (1,270 km2)
 • Water10 sq mi (30 km2)  2.0%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
25,798
 • Density52.4/sq mi (20.2/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district8th
Websitewww.montgomerycountync.com

Montgomery County is a rural county located in the southern Piedmont of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 25,751.[1] Its county seat is Troy.[2]

History

The county was formed in January 1779, by an act of the North Carolina General Assembly of 1778, from part of Anson County. It was named in honor of Richard Montgomery, an American Revolutionary War general killed in 1775 while attempting to capture Quebec City, Canada. The North Carolina General Assembly of 1779 named James Roper, James Allen, Cornelius Robeson, Samuel Person, and John Collier of Randolph County as the commissioners of Montgomery County and charged them with determining the location for a county seat.[3] They chose what developed as Troy.

In 1841, the part of Montgomery County west of the Yadkin/Pee Dee River became Stanly County.

Geography

Interactive map of Montgomery County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 502 square miles (1,300 km2), of which 492 square miles (1,270 km2) is land and 10 square miles (26 km2) (2.0%) is water.[4] It is situated in the heart of the Uwharrie National Forest.

National protected area

State and local protected areas/sites

Major water bodies

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Major infrastructure

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
17905,039
18007,67752.4%
18108,4309.8%
18208,6933.1%
183010,91925.6%
184010,780−1.3%
18506,872−36.3%
18607,64911.3%
18707,487−2.1%
18809,37425.2%
189011,23919.9%
190014,19726.3%
191014,9675.4%
192014,607−2.4%
193016,21811.0%
194016,2800.4%
195017,2606.0%
196018,4086.7%
197019,2674.7%
198022,46916.6%
199023,3463.9%
200026,82214.9%
201027,7983.6%
202025,751−7.4%
2021 (est.)25,798[5]0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[10]
2020[11]

2020 census

Montgomery County racial composition[12]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 16,504 64.0%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 4,192 16.28%
Native American 76 0.3%
Asian 391 1.52%
Pacific Islander 2 0.01%
Other/Mixed 662 2.57%
Hispanic or Latino 3,924 15.24%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 25,751 people, 10,195 households, and 6,788 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 26,822 people, 9,848 households, and 7,189 families residing in the county. The population density was 55 people per square mile (21/km2). There were 14,145 housing units at an average density of 29 per square mile (11/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 69.07% White, 21.84% Black or African American, 0.40% Native American, 1.61% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 5.75% from other races, and 1.29% from two or more races. 10.43% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 9,848 households, out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.60% were married couples living together, 12.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.10% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.080.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.90% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 28.50% from 25 to 44, 23.60% from 45 to 64, and 14.00% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 102.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $32,903, and the median income for a family was $39,616. Males had a median income of $27,832 versus $21,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $16,505. About 10.90% of families and 15.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.50% of those under age 18 and 17.80% of those age 65 or over.

Government and politics

Montgomery County is a sustaining member of the regional Piedmont Triad Council of Governments.

As of the 2000 Census, Montgomery County is located entirely in North Carolina's 8th congressional district. It is represented in the 115th United States Congress by Richard Hudson (R).

United States presidential election results for Montgomery County, North Carolina[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 8,411 65.46% 4,327 33.68% 111 0.86%
2016 7,130 61.79% 4,150 35.96% 260 2.25%
2012 6,404 57.02% 4,706 41.90% 121 1.08%
2008 6,155 54.91% 4,926 43.94% 129 1.15%
2004 5,745 56.99% 4,313 42.79% 22 0.22%
2000 4,946 55.11% 3,979 44.34% 49 0.55%
1996 3,379 43.11% 3,856 49.20% 603 7.69%
1992 3,543 38.67% 4,422 48.27% 1,196 13.06%
1988 4,504 52.80% 3,995 46.83% 31 0.36%
1984 5,109 57.07% 3,831 42.79% 12 0.13%
1980 3,587 45.74% 4,129 52.65% 126 1.61%
1976 2,872 39.83% 4,308 59.74% 31 0.43%
1972 4,417 65.67% 2,175 32.34% 134 1.99%
1968 3,070 39.67% 2,410 31.14% 2,259 29.19%
1964 3,385 46.26% 3,933 53.74% 0 0.00%
1960 3,649 52.53% 3,297 47.47% 0 0.00%
1956 3,359 52.10% 3,088 47.90% 0 0.00%
1952 3,181 50.04% 3,176 49.96% 0 0.00%
1948 1,975 43.33% 2,165 47.50% 418 9.17%
1944 1,963 42.42% 2,665 57.58% 0 0.00%
1940 1,789 37.30% 3,007 62.70% 0 0.00%
1936 2,506 41.84% 3,484 58.16% 0 0.00%
1932 2,153 42.23% 2,927 57.41% 18 0.35%
1928 2,653 56.82% 2,016 43.18% 0 0.00%
1924 2,077 45.50% 2,483 54.39% 5 0.11%
1920 2,304 49.82% 2,321 50.18% 0 0.00%
1916 1,196 49.46% 1,222 50.54% 0 0.00%
1912 144 7.19% 1,012 50.55% 846 42.26%


Education

The public school system provides five elementary schools (Star, Mt. Gilead, Candor, Page Street, and Green Ridge), two middle schools (West Montgomery and East Montgomery and one high school (Montgomery Central, formed in 2020 by the merger of East Montgomery High and West Montgomery High). Higher education is provided by Montgomery Community College.

Communities

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

Towns

Townships

Unincorporated Communities

See also

References

  1. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Montgomery County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved April 30, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "Laws of North Carolina 1779, Chapter 28" (PDF). Carolina.com. Retrieved November 11, 2019.
  4. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Montgomery County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 18, 2015.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Montgomery County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  13. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  14. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 16, 2018.

Coordinates: 35°20′N 79°54′W / 35.33°N 79.90°W / 35.33; -79.90