- Anson County, North Carolina
Infobox U.S. County
county = Anson County
state = North Carolina
map size = 250
founded = 1750
seat = Wadesboro | area_total_sq_mi =537
area percentage = 1.04%
census yr = 2000
pop = 25275
web = www.co.anson.nc.us
Anson County is a
countylocated in the U.S. stateof North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 25,275. Its county seatis WadesboroGR|6.
The county was formed in 1750 from Bladen County. It was named for
George Anson, Baron Anson, a British admiral, who circumnavigated the globe from 1740 to 1744, and later became First Lord of the Admiralty.
Like its parent county Bladen, Anson County was originally a vast territory with indefinite northern and western boundaries. Reductions in its extent began in 1753, when the northern part of it became Rowan County. In 1762 the western part of Anson County became Mecklenburg County. In 1779 the northern part of what remained of Anson County became Montgomery County, and the part east of the
Pee Dee Riverbecame Richmond County. Finally, in 1842 the western part of Anson County was combined with the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County to become Union County.In 1985 most of the movie The Color Purple (film), starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg along with Danny Glover, was filmed in Anson county.
Law and government
Anson County is a member of the regional
Centralina Council of Governments.
Stanly County, North Carolina- north
Richmond County, North Carolina- east
Marlboro County, South Carolina- south east
Chesterfield County, South Carolina-south
Union County, North Carolina-west
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 25,275 people, 9,204 households, and 6,663 families residing in the county. The population densitywas 48 people per square mile (18/km²). There were 10,221 housing units at an average density of 19 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 49.53% White, 48.64% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.32% from other races, and 0.46% from two or more races. 0.83% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 9,204 households out of which 31.00% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.80% were married couples living together, 19.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 25.10% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.00% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.59 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the county the population was spread out with 25.20% under the age of 18, 8.60% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 96.50 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $29,849, and the median income for a family was $35,870. Males had a median income of $27,297 versus $20,537 for females. The
per capita incomefor the county was $14,853. About 15.50% of families and 17.80% of the population were below the poverty line, including 23.90% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
James Holland, (1754-1823), born in Anson County, United States Congressmanfrom North Carolina.cite book | title = Who Was Who in America, Historical Volume, 1607-1896 | publisher = Marquis Who's Who | location = Chicago | date = 1963]
* [http://www.co.anson.nc.us Anson County government official website]
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