Richmond County, North Carolina


Richmond County, North Carolina

Infobox U.S. County
county = Richmond County
state = North Carolina




map size = 250
founded = 1779
seat = Rockingham | area_total_sq_mi =480
area_water_sq_mi =6
area percentage = 1.17%
census yr = 2000
pop = 46564
density_km2 =38
web = www.co.richmond.nc.us
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Richmond County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 46,564. Its county seat is RockinghamGR|6.

History

The county was formed in 1779 from Anson County. It was named for Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond and Lennox.

In 1899 the southeastern part of Richmond County became Scotland County.

Keader Keaton, a colonial American officer in the American Revolutionary War, was a founder of founder of Richmond County.

Major highways

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Law and government

Richmond County is a member of the regional Lumber River Council of Governments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 480 square miles (1,242 km²), of which, 474 square miles (1,228 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (14 km²) of it (1.17%) is water.

Townships

The county is divided into seven townships: Beaverdam, Black Jack, Marks Creek, Mineral Springs, Rockingham, Steele, and Wolf Pit.

Adjacent counties

*Montgomery County, North Carolina - north
*Moore County, North Carolina - northeast
*Scotland County, North Carolina - southeast
*Marlboro County, South Carolina - south
*Anson County, North Carolina - west

Demographics

As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 46,564 people, 17,873 households, and 12,582 families residing in the county. The population density was 98 people per square mile (38/km²). There were 19,886 housing units at an average density of 42 per square mile (16/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 64.84% White, 30.53% Black or African American, 1.65% Native American, 0.68% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.08% from other races, and 1.18% from two or more races. 2.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 62.0% of Richmond Counties population was non-Hispanic whites. 30.9% of the population was African-American. 3.9% of the population was Latino. 1.9% of the population was Native American.

There were 17,873 households out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.30% were married couples living together, 17.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.60% were non-families. 26.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.51 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 10.10% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 96.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $28,830, and the median income for a family was $35,226. Males had a median income of $27,308 versus $20,453 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,485. About 15.90% of families and 19.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.70% of those under age 18 and 18.90% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns

*Dobbins Heights
*East Rockingham
*Ellerbe
*Hamlet
*Hoffman
*Norman
*Rockingham
*Cordova

References

External links

* [http://www.co.richmond.nc.us Richmond County government official website]


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