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Duplin County, North Carolina

Coordinates: 34°56′N 77°56′W / 34.94°N 77.93°W / 34.94; -77.93

Duplin County
Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville.
Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville.
Official seal of Duplin County
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Duplin County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°56′N 77°56′W / 34.94°N 77.93°W / 34.94; -77.93
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1750
Named forThomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin
SeatKenansville
Largest townWallace
Area
 • Total822 sq mi (2,130 km2)
 • Land816 sq mi (2,110 km2)
 • Water5.5 sq mi (14 km2)  0.7%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2018)
58,856
 • Density72/sq mi (28/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district7th
Websitewww.duplincountync.com

Duplin County (/ˈdplɪn/)[1] is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 58,505.[2] Its county seat is Kenansville.[3]

HistoryEdit

The county was formed in 1750 from New Hanover County. It was named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin (later 9th Earl of Kinnoull),[4] as he was known when he served on the Board of Trade and Plantations in England in the 1740s.[5]

In 1784 the western part of Duplin County became Sampson County.

John Miller was a merchant in Duplin who was appointed as postmaster. In the nineteenth century, he migrated to Leon County in the panhandle of Florida, with other North Carolinians during the period of Indian Removal in the 1830s–1840s. There he developed a successful cotton plantation. He called it Miccosukee Plantation, after one of the Seminole bands. (They are now a federally recognized tribe.) He depended on the labor of enslaved African Americans.

GeographyEdit

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 822 square miles (2,130 km2), of which 816 square miles (2,110 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.7%) is water.[6]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
17905,663
18006,79620.0%
18107,86315.7%
18209,74423.9%
183011,29115.9%
184011,182−1.0%
185013,51420.9%
186015,78416.8%
187015,542−1.5%
188018,77320.8%
189018,690−0.4%
190022,40519.9%
191025,44213.6%
192030,22318.8%
193035,10316.1%
194039,73913.2%
195041,0743.4%
196040,270−2.0%
197038,015−5.6%
198040,9527.7%
199039,995−2.3%
200049,06322.7%
201058,50519.2%
Est. 201858,856[7]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
1790–1960[9] 1900–1990[10]
1990–2000[11] 2010–2013[2]

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 49,063 people, 18,267 households, and 13,060 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km²). There were 20,520 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 58.67% White, 28.94% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.87% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 15.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,267 households out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 14.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,890, and the median income for a family was $34,760. Males had a median income of $26,212 versus $20,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,499. About 15.30% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 22.70% of those age 65 or over.

Law and governmentEdit

Duplin County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.

Duplin County is represented by Jimmy Dixon in the North Carolina House of Representatives.

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results[13]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 58.6% 12,217 39.7% 8,283 1.7% 356
2012 55.4% 11,416 43.9% 9,033 0.7% 143
2008 54.4% 10,834 45.0% 8,958 0.6% 112
2004 58.0% 9,611 41.8% 6,923 0.3% 49
2000 54.5% 7,840 45.0% 6,475 0.5% 75
1996 43.8% 5,432 49.9% 6,179 6.3% 781
1992 38.5% 5,286 49.6% 6,816 12.0% 1,645
1988 49.2% 5,774 50.7% 5,945 0.1% 7
1984 53.0% 7,708 46.9% 6,830 0.1% 17
1980 41.3% 5,403 57.6% 7,524 1.1% 142
1976 33.5% 3,912 65.8% 7,696 0.7% 86
1972 70.6% 7,153 28.2% 2,857 1.2% 120
1968 22.2% 2,724 28.2% 3,451 49.6% 6,082
1964 34.8% 3,821 65.2% 7,169
1960 28.9% 2,953 71.1% 7,269
1956 23.3% 2,110 76.7% 6,931
1952 24.9% 2,115 75.1% 6,392
1948 14.2% 1,024 81.3% 5,866 4.6% 330
1944 20.8% 1,437 79.2% 5,464
1940 18.9% 1,260 81.1% 5,394
1936 20.6% 1,546 79.4% 5,966
1932 19.9% 1,173 79.5% 4,674 0.6% 35
1928 52.4% 2,911 47.6% 2,647
1924 34.2% 1,542 64.9% 2,924 0.8% 37
1920 44.3% 2,697 55.8% 3,398
1916 45.6% 1,527 54.4% 1,824
1912 1.2% 33 61.5% 1,757 37.4% 1,069

EducationEdit

Duplin County is home to James Sprunt Community College.

EconomyEdit

Duplin County is important in raising animals for food. It has more hogs than any other county in the United States—2.2 million in 1998, which is greater than the hog population of most states. The county is also the home to a major chicken and turkey industry.[14]

Duplin is also home to Duplin Winery, the oldest winery in North Carolina and the largest winery in the Southeast.

TransportationEdit

Major highwaysEdit

AirportsEdit

The following public-use airports are located in the county:[15]

CommunitiesEdit

 
Map of Duplin County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

TownsEdit

TownshipsEdit

  • Albertson
  • Cypress Creek
  • Faison
  • Glisson
  • Island Creek
  • Kenansville
  • Limestone
  • Magnolia
  • Rockfish
  • Rose Hill
  • Smith
  • Warsaw
  • Wolfscrape

Census-designated placeEdit

Unincorporated communitiesEdit

Notable peopleEdit

  • Peter Weddick Moore (1859-1934), North Carolina educator and the first president of Elizabeth City State University

TriviaEdit

The fictional North Carolina hamlet of Tim's Creek, from Randall Kenan's early short stories in "A Visitation of Spirits" and "Let the Dead Bury Their Dead," is based loosely on Chinquapin, North Carolina.

Duplin county was featured in the 2017 documentary What the Health for the (suggested) impact its livestock industry has on health.

See alsoEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ Talk Like A Tarheel Archived 2013-06-22 at the Wayback Machine, from the North Carolina Collection's website at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Retrieved 2013-01-31.
  2. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on June 28, 2011. Retrieved October 19, 2013.
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on 2012-07-12. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  4. ^ Proffitt, Martie (Apr 17, 1983). "Local history offers tasty tidbits". Star-News. pp. 8C. Retrieved 1 November 2015.
  5. ^ "A Brief History of Duplin County, NC". Duplin County, North Carolina. Retrieved 7 April 2015.
  6. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  7. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved July 22, 2019.
  8. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  9. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  10. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  11. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 14, 2015.
  12. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  13. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved 2018-03-15.
  14. ^ MacInnis, Stewart (1998-09-24). "Kornegay's research eases livestock impact". Spectrum. Virginia Tech. Retrieved 2008-06-19.
  15. ^ Public and Private Airports, Duplin County, North Carolina

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