Clinton, North Carolina

Clinton is a city and the county seat of Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The population of Clinton is 8,639 according to the 2010 Census. Clinton is named for Richard Clinton, a Brigadier General of the North Carolina militia in the American Revolution.[5]

Clinton, North Carolina
Official seal of Clinton, North Carolina
Seal
Location of Clinton within North Carolina
Location of Clinton within North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.00250°N 78.32889°W / 35.00250; -78.32889Coordinates: 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.00250°N 78.32889°W / 35.00250; -78.32889
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountySampson
Settled1740
Incorporated1822
Government
 • TypeCouncil-manager
 • MayorLew Starling
Area
 • Total7.62 sq mi (19.74 km2)
 • Land7.59 sq mi (19.66 km2)
 • Water0.03 sq mi (0.08 km2)
Elevation
157 ft (48 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total8,639
 • Estimate 
(2019)[2]
8,454
 • Density1,113.83/sq mi (430.05/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
28328-28329
Area code(s)910
FIPS code37-13240[3]
GNIS feature ID0983293[4]
Websitehttp://www.cityofclintonnc.com/

HistoryEdit

The first settlers came to the Clinton area around 1740. The community was originally known as Clinton Courthouse. There was an earlier incorporated town of Clinton elsewhere in the state; however, that town folded in 1822 and Clinton was incorporated as a town in the same year.[6] In 1852, the General Assembly passed several acts to improve regulation of towns, including Clinton. As part of the "Act for the Better Regulation of the Town of Clinton in the County of Sampson," the General Assembly appointed five commissioners: James Moseley, Isaac Boykin, Dr. Henry Bizzel, John Beaman, and Alfred Johnson. The corporate limits of the town at that time extended a half mile each way from the courthouse.[7] The first records of an election were in February 1852 and the first tax rate was $0.50 per $100 valuation of real property. In July 1953, the town became a city.

Clinton is the geographic center of the county, and because Sampson County is primarily rural farmland, Clinton developed as the major agricultural marketing center. Clinton is also where future 13th Vice President William R. King, (1786-1853), later of Alabama, under 14th President Franklin Pierce, (1804-1869), of New Hampshire, was born and began his legal career. He died shortly after being separately sworn-in and inaugurated in March 1853 in Havana, Cuba, the only one so done on foreign soil.

Clinton had a minor league baseball team in the Tobacco State League from 1946 to 1950, which was the last stop in the colorful career of Brooklyn Dodgers All-star pitcher Van Lingle Mungo.

The Bethune-Powell Buildings, Gen. Thomas Boykin House, Clinton Commercial Historic District, Clinton Depot, College Street Historic District, Graves-Stewart House, Robert Herring House, Johnson Building, Marcheston Killett Farm, Livingston Oates Farm, Patrick-Carr-Herring House, Pigford House, Pope House, Francis Pugh House, Pugh-Boykin House, Royal-Crumpler-Parker House, and West Main-North Chesnutt Streets Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]

GeographyEdit

Clinton is located at 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.00250°N 78.32889°W / 35.00250; -78.32889 (35.002418, -78.328803).[9]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.75 square miles (20.1 km2), 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.28%) is water.

Climate data for Clinton, North Carolina (1981-2010,[a] extremes 1971–present[b])
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 78
(26)
83
(28)
89
(32)
94
(34)
98
(37)
102
(39)
102
(39)
104
(40)
100
(38)
96
(36)
85
(29)
81
(27)
104
(40)
Average high °F (°C) 52.4
(11.3)
56.1
(13.4)
63.8
(17.7)
72.9
(22.7)
80.2
(26.8)
87.0
(30.6)
89.9
(32.2)
88.3
(31.3)
83.0
(28.3)
74.0
(23.3)
65.5
(18.6)
55.6
(13.1)
72.4
(22.4)
Average low °F (°C) 31.3
(−0.4)
33.9
(1.1)
40.6
(4.8)
48.5
(9.2)
57.2
(14.0)
66.2
(19.0)
70.0
(21.1)
68.7
(20.4)
62.1
(16.7)
49.9
(9.9)
41.6
(5.3)
33.9
(1.1)
50.3
(10.2)
Record low °F (°C) −2
(−19)
3
(−16)
8
(−13)
26
(−3)
35
(2)
42
(6)
52
(11)
46
(8)
40
(4)
24
(−4)
17
(−8)
5
(−15)
−2
(−19)
Average precipitation inches (mm) 3.71
(94)
3.21
(82)
4.00
(102)
2.99
(76)
3.62
(92)
4.72
(120)
6.02
(153)
5.90
(150)
5.13
(130)
3.02
(77)
3.12
(79)
3.18
(81)
48.62
(1,235)
Average snowfall inches (cm) 0.8
(2.0)
0.4
(1.0)
0.3
(0.76)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.0
(0.0)
0.6
(1.5)
2.0
(5.1)
Source: NOAA (relative humidity and sun 1961–1990),[10][11][12]
  1. ^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.
  2. ^ Official records for Raleigh kept January 1887 to 17 May 1944 at downtown and at Raleigh Durham Int'l since 18 May 1944. For more information, see Threadex

DemographicsEdit

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860209
1870204−2.4%
1880620203.9%
189083935.3%
190095814.2%
19101,10114.9%
19202,11091.6%
19302,71228.5%
19403,55731.2%
19504,41424.1%
19607,46169.0%
19707,157−4.1%
19807,5525.5%
19908,2048.6%
20008,6004.8%
20108,6390.5%
2019 (est.)8,454[2]−2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 8,639 people, 3,392 households, and 2,068 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,114.7 people per square mile (430.4/km2). There were 3,711 housing units at an average density of 478.8 per square mile (184.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 48.9% White, 40.5% African American, 1.2% Native American, 1.1% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 6.1% from other races, and 2.2% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.2% of the population.

There were 3,392 households, out of which 25.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.4% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families; 36.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 18.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.27 and the average family size was 2.95.

The age distribution of the city was 23.6% under the age of 20, 23.8% from 20 to 39, 32.1% from 40 to 64, and 21.5% age 65 years or older. The median age was 42.1 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.1 males.

According to the US Census 2013 Community Survey,[3] the median household income in the city is $32,927, and the median family income is $52,100. The per capita income for the city is $24,119. About 20.2% of families and 27.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 43.2% of those under age 18 and 18.9% of those age 65 or over.

Notable peopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b c "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "A History of Sampson County". Archived from the original on 2006-10-22. Retrieved 2008-11-30.
  6. ^ "Laws of North Carolina 1822". Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  7. ^ "Laws of North Carolina 1852". Retrieved 2014-10-28.
  8. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "NowData - NOAA Online Weather Data". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  11. ^ "Station Name: NC RALEIGH DURHAM INTL AP". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2016-09-07.
  12. ^ "WMO Climate Normals for RALEIGH/RALEIGH-DURHAM, NC 1961–1990". National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. Retrieved 2016-09-04.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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