Montgomery County
Montgomery County Courthouse
Seal
Motto(s): 
The Golden Opportunity
Location within the U.S. state of 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 
(2018)
27,271
 • Density57/sq mi (22/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 2010 census, the population was 27,798.[1] Its county seat is Troy.[2]

Montgomery County's motto is "The Golden Opportunity".

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 Pee Dee River became Stanly County

Geography

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.

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.

Adjacent counties

National protected area

Major highways

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%
2018 (est.)27,271[5]−1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[10] 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.

Law and government

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).

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[11]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2020 65.5% 8,411 33.7% 4,327 0.9% 111
2016 61.8% 7,130 36.0% 4,150 2.3% 260
2012 57.0% 6,404 41.9% 4,706 1.1% 121
2008 54.9% 6,155 43.9% 4,926 1.2% 129
2004 57.0% 5,745 42.8% 4,313 0.2% 22
2000 55.1% 4,946 44.3% 3,979 0.6% 49
1996 43.1% 3,379 49.2% 3,856 7.7% 603
1992 38.7% 3,543 48.3% 4,422 13.1% 1,196
1988 52.8% 4,504 46.8% 3,995 0.4% 31
1984 57.1% 5,109 42.8% 3,831 0.1% 12
1980 45.7% 3,587 52.7% 4,129 1.6% 126
1976 39.8% 2,872 59.7% 4,308 0.4% 31
1972 65.7% 4,417 32.3% 2,175 2.0% 134
1968 39.7% 3,070 31.1% 2,410 29.2% 2,259
1964 46.3% 3,385 53.7% 3,933
1960 52.5% 3,649 47.5% 3,297
1956 52.1% 3,359 47.9% 3,088
1952 50.0% 3,181 50.0% 3,176
1948 43.3% 1,975 47.5% 2,165 9.2% 418
1944 42.4% 1,963 57.6% 2,665
1940 37.3% 1,789 62.7% 3,007
1936 41.8% 2,506 58.2% 3,484
1932 42.2% 2,153 57.4% 2,927 0.4% 18
1928 56.8% 2,653 43.2% 2,016
1924 45.5% 2,077 54.4% 2,483 0.1% 5
1920 49.8% 2,304 50.2% 2,321
1916 49.5% 1,196 50.5% 1,222
1912 7.2% 144 50.6% 1,012 42.3% 846

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. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 6, 2011. Retrieved October 27, 2013.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  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. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  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. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  11. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-16.

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