Pamlico County
County of Pamlico
Pamlico County Courthouse, Bayboro
Pamlico County Courthouse, Bayboro
Official seal of Pamlico County
Map of North Carolina highlighting Pamlico 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°09′N 76°40′W / 35.15°N 76.67°W / 35.15; -76.67
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1872
Named forPamlico Indians
SeatBayboro
Largest townBayboro
Area
 • Total567 sq mi (1,470 km2)
 • Land337 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Water230 sq mi (600 km2)  41%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
12,344
 • Density36.6/sq mi (14.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district3rd
Websitewww.co.pamlico.nc.us

Pamlico (/ˈpæmlɪk/)[1] County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 12,276.[2] Its county seat is Bayboro.[3]

Pamlico County is part of the New Bern, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

History

A section of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pamlico County crossed by the Hobucken Bridge.
A section of the Intracoastal Waterway in Pamlico County crossed by the Hobucken Bridge.

The county was formed in 1872 from parts of Beaufort and Craven counties. It was named for Pamlico Sound, which adjoins it. Vernacular usage in the area, especially in Craven County, refers to Pamlico County as being "down in the county." Prior to 1872, it was a part of Craven County and has a very low elevation. Most of the county, according to FRIS, North Carolina Flood Risk Information System, is subject to flooding in storm surges. After it was separated from Craven, the old nickname survives. Pamlico County remains rural in character and flavor, although the last decade has brought a good deal of residential development, largely the result of northern retirees and investors attracted to the many miles of waterfront property.

The county is anchored on the east by the Town of Oriental, a popular waystation for boaters traveling the Intracoastal Waterway, and by unincorporated Lowland. New Bern across the county line in Craven County to the west, is the primary trade area for Pamlico County.[citation needed] The unincorporated community of Olympia is in the western county.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 567 square miles (1,470 km2), of which 337 square miles (870 km2) is land and 230 square miles (600 km2) (41%) is water.[4]

State and local protected area

Adjacent counties

Major water-bodies

Major highways

Other major infrastructure

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
18806,323
18907,14613.0%
19008,04512.6%
19109,96623.9%
19209,060−9.1%
19309,2992.6%
19409,7064.4%
19509,9933.0%
19609,850−1.4%
19709,467−3.9%
198010,3989.8%
199011,3729.4%
200012,93413.7%
201013,1441.6%
202012,276−6.6%
2021 (est.)12,344[5]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790-1960[7] 1900-1990[8]
1990-2000[9] 2010-2013[10]
2020[11]

Census reports show a marked drop of nearly 10 percent in county population from 1910 to 1920, the period of the Great Migration of African Americans from rural areas of the South to northern and midwestern industrial cities offering more economic and social opportunities. Workers were recruited by northern industries, including the Pennsylvania Railroad, which was rapidly expanding at the time.

2020 census

Pamlico County racial composition[12]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 9,104 74.16%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,055 16.74%
Native American 58 0.47%
Asian 50 0.41%
Pacific Islander 5 0.04%
Other/Mixed 508 4.14%
Hispanic or Latino 496 4.04%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 12,276 people, 5,416 households, and 3,589 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[13] of 2000, there were 12,934 people, 5,178 households, and 3,717 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km2). There were 6,781 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 73.17% White, 24.57% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,178 households, out of which 25.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.60% were married couples living together, 11.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 21.10% under the age of 18, 6.40% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 28.00% from 45 to 64, and 18.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 101.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 99.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $34,084, and the median income for a family was $41,659. Males had a median income of $31,806 versus $21,344 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,005. About 11.80% of families and 15.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.20% of those under age 18 and 13.40% of those age 65 or over.


Communities

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

Towns

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities

Law and government

Pamlico County is governed by an elected, seven-member Board of Commissioners. The county is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.

United States presidential election results for Pamlico County, North Carolina[14]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 4,849 63.54% 2,713 35.55% 69 0.90%
2016 4,258 61.98% 2,448 35.63% 164 2.39%
2012 4,051 59.91% 2,647 39.15% 64 0.95%
2008 3,823 56.96% 2,838 42.28% 51 0.76%
2004 3,679 60.93% 2,335 38.67% 24 0.40%
2000 2,999 57.21% 2,188 41.74% 55 1.05%
1996 2,270 47.39% 2,204 46.01% 316 6.60%
1992 1,929 38.77% 2,229 44.80% 817 16.42%
1988 2,297 50.98% 2,188 48.56% 21 0.47%
1984 2,554 54.14% 2,152 45.62% 11 0.23%
1980 1,504 39.55% 2,224 58.48% 75 1.97%
1976 1,068 33.28% 2,113 65.85% 28 0.87%
1972 1,847 66.11% 919 32.89% 28 1.00%
1968 745 21.46% 1,280 36.87% 1,447 41.68%
1964 1,036 35.72% 1,864 64.28% 0 0.00%
1960 1,061 38.47% 1,697 61.53% 0 0.00%
1956 954 40.94% 1,376 59.06% 0 0.00%
1952 903 38.74% 1,428 61.26% 0 0.00%
1948 685 31.18% 1,370 62.36% 142 6.46%
1944 719 35.70% 1,295 64.30% 0 0.00%
1940 730 33.52% 1,448 66.48% 0 0.00%
1936 860 34.58% 1,627 65.42% 0 0.00%
1932 665 29.35% 1,526 67.34% 75 3.31%
1928 1,099 55.59% 878 44.41% 0 0.00%
1924 459 36.52% 798 63.48% 0 0.00%
1920 1,008 43.94% 1,286 56.06% 0 0.00%
1916 527 41.99% 710 56.57% 18 1.43%
1912 74 6.62% 694 62.13% 349 31.24%


See also

References

  1. ^ Talk Like A Tarheel Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, from the North Carolina Collection's website at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2013-02-05.
  2. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Pamlico County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved April 19, 2022.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  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: Pamlico 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 7, 2011. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
  11. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Pamlico County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 31, 2022.
  12. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 23, 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 17, 2018.

Coordinates: 35°09′N 76°40′W / 35.15°N 76.67°W / 35.15; -76.67