Seven Springs, North Carolina
Post office
Post office
Seven Springs, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Seven Springs, North Carolina
Seven Springs, North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°13′34″N 77°50′45″W / 35.22611°N 77.84583°W / 35.22611; -77.84583Coordinates: 35°13′34″N 77°50′45″W / 35.22611°N 77.84583°W / 35.22611; -77.84583
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyWayne
Area
 • Total0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
 • Land0.34 sq mi (0.88 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation52 ft (16 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total110
 • Estimate 
(2019)[3]
111
 • Density328.40/sq mi (126.68/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28578
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-60540[4]
GNIS feature ID1022549[2]
Websitesevenspringsnc.org

Seven Springs is a town in Wayne County, North Carolina, United States. It lies next to the Neuse River. The 2012 population was estimated at 111.[5] It is included in the Goldsboro, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.78 km2), all of it land.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900114
191017957.0%
1920164−8.4%
1930156−4.9%
19401709.0%
195019715.9%
19602075.1%
1970188−9.2%
1980166−11.7%
1990163−1.8%
200086−47.2%
201011027.9%
2019 (est.)111[3]0.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[4] of 2010, there were 110 people, 43 households, and 27 families residing in the town. The population density was 261.9 people per square mile (100.6/km2). There were 67 housing units at an average density of 204.1 per square mile (78.4/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 81.8% White and 8.2% African American.[7]

There were 43 households, out of which 14.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.2% were married couples living together, 18.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 34.9% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 23.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.00 and the average family size was 2.32.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 17.4% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 20.9% from 25 to 44, 23.3% from 45 to 64, and 33.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 50 years. For every 100 females, there were 87.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 69.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,750, and the median income for a family was $29,063. Males had a median income of $29,375 versus $26,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $46,922. There were no families and 8.0% of the population living below the poverty line, including no under eighteens and 16.0% of those over 64.

The town's peak population was about 207 (1960).[8]

Education

Education in Seven Springs is administered by the Wayne County Public Schools system. Spring Creek Middle School and Spring Creek High School are located within the community. Higher education is offered through Wayne Community College in Goldsboro.

Transportation

Passenger

Roads

Climate change impacts

The old town hall is abandoned; it now operates from a storefront.
The old town hall is abandoned; it now operates from a storefront.

In 2021 the New York Times published a feature article on Seven Springs and several other communities in North Carolina that have been negatively affected by extreme weather effects of climate change. In 1999 the Neuse River overflowed during Hurricane Floyd, flooding the town. It was flooded again in 2016 during Hurricane Matthew and again in 2018 during Hurricane Florence. In each case, there were fewer resources - money and people - to repair the damage. As a result, the population and tax base has experienced a significant decline. Several homeowners living in the floodplain have accepted buyouts and it is thought that another flood will signal the end of the town.[8]

References

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Seven Springs, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ Seven Springs, North Carolina
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved March 11, 2020.
  8. ^ a b Flavelle, Christopher (4 September 2021). "Climate Change Is Bankrupting America's Small Towns". New York Times. Retrieved 17 September 2021.