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Washington County, North Carolina

Washington County is a county located in the U.S. State of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 13,723. Its county seat is Plymouth6.

Table of contents
1 History
2 Geography
3 Demographics
4 Cities and towns
5 External links


The county was formed in 1799 from the western third of Tyrrell County. It was named for George Washington.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,099 km² (424 mi²). 903 km² (348 mi²) of it is land and 197 km² (76 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 17.89% water.


The county is divided into four townships: Lees Mill, Plymouth, Scuppernong, and Skinnersville.

Adjacent Counties


As of the
census2 of 2000, there are 13,723 people, 5,367 households, and 3,907 families residing in the county. The population density is 15/km² (39/mi²). There are 6,174 housing units at an average density of 7/km² (18/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 48.28% White, 48.94% Black or African American, 0.05% Native American, 0.32% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 2.27% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 5,367 households out of which 31.70% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.10% are married couples living together, 18.80% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% are non-families. 24.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 11.70% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.52 and the average family size is 2.99.

In the county the population is spread out with 26.00% under the age of 18, 7.70% from 18 to 24, 25.00% from 25 to 44, 25.80% from 45 to 64, and 15.50% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 39 years. For every 100 females there are 89.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $28,865, and the median income for a family is $34,888. Males have a median income of $27,058 versus $19,477 for females. The per capita income for the county is $14,994. 21.80% of the population and 17.60% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 31.50% are under the age of 18 and 19.20% are 65 or older.

Cities and towns

External links

See also: List of North Carolina counties