Smithfield, North Carolina
Location of Smithfield in the US
Smithfield (the United States)
Smithfield (North America)
|Townships||Selma, Smithfield, Wilson Mills|
|Chartered||May 9, 1777|
|Named for||John Smith|
|• Council||Smithfield Town Council|
|• Manager||Michael Scott|
|• Total||12.39 sq mi (32.08 km2)|
|• Land||12.37 sq mi (32.05 km2)|
|• Water||0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)|
|Elevation||148 ft (45 m)|
|• Density||912.56/sq mi (352.34/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1025712|
Smithfield is a town in and the county seat of Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census the population was 10,966, and in 2019 the estimated population was 12,985. Smithfield is home to the Ava Gardner Museum and is situated along the Neuse River, where visitors enjoy the annual Smithfield Ham and Yam Festival, walks along the Buffalo Creek Greenway, and the historic downtown district. The town is located near North Carolina's Research Triangle and is approximately 30 miles (48 km) southeast of downtown Raleigh. The Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical area has a population of over 2 million residents.
Smithfield, founded near Smith's ferry on the Neuse River, was Johnston County's first town and second county seat. The county court house was moved from Hinton's Quarter to Smithfield in 1771. The settlement was first known as Johnston County Court House and was incorporated as Smithfield in 1777. The third North Carolina state legislature met in Smithfield in 1779 and 1780.
Smithfield is in central Johnston County and is bordered to the northeast by Selma. Interstate 95 runs along the southeastern edge of the town, with access from Exits 93, 95, and 97. I-95 leads northeast 46 miles (74 km) to Rocky Mount and southwest the same distance to Fayetteville. U.S. Route 301 passes through Selma on Brightleaf Boulevard, leading northeast 4 miles (6 km) to the center of Selma and southwest 15 miles (24 km) to Benson. U.S. Route 70 passes just northeast of Smithfield, leading northwest 30 miles (48 km) to Raleigh, and southeast 22 miles (35 km) to Goldsboro. U.S. Route 70 Business passes through the center of Smithfield as Market Street.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 12.1 square miles (31.4 km2), of which 0.02 square miles (0.04 km2), or 0.11%, are water. The Neuse River runs through the town west of the downtown area, separating it from the neighborhood of West Smithfield.
|U.S. Decennial Census|
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||3,101||27.46%|
|Hispanic or Latino||2,666||23.61%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 11,292 people, 4,951 households, and 2,919 families residing in the town.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,510 people, 4,417 households, and 2,676 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,007.6 inhabitants per square mile (389.1/km2). There were 4,674 housing units at an average density of 409.2 per square mile (158.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 62.66% White, 30.99% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.14% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.90% of the population.
There were 4,417 households, out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males. The median income for a household in the town was $27,813, and the median income for a family was $37,929. Males had a median income of $29,567 versus $24,440 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,012. About 14.5% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 19.2% of those age 65 or over.
Smithfield has a council–manager form of government. The council, the town's legislative body, consists of seven members and a mayor. The council sets policy, and the manager oversees day-to-day operations. The mayor is Andy Moore. The town manager is Michael Scott.
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