Scotland Neck, North Carolina

Scotland Neck is a town in Halifax County, North Carolina, United States. According to the 2010 census, the town population was 2,059. It is part of the Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Scotland Neck, North Carolina
US 258-NC 903 run through Downtown Scotland Neck.
US 258-NC 903 run through Downtown Scotland Neck.
Official seal of Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Location of Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Location of Scotland Neck, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°7′50″N 77°25′15″W / 36.13056°N 77.42083°W / 36.13056; -77.42083Coordinates: 36°7′50″N 77°25′15″W / 36.13056°N 77.42083°W / 36.13056; -77.42083
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Land1.19 sq mi (3.08 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation98 ft (30 m)
 • Total2,059
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,548.82/sq mi (598.06/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)252
FIPS code37-59780[4]
GNIS feature ID0994423[2]


The Hoffman-Bowers-Josey-Riddick House, Kehukee Primitive Baptist Church, Magnolia, Scotland Neck Historic District, Trinity Church, and Woodstock are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,840[3]−10.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
Child labor in Scotland Neck, 1914. Photo by Lewis Hine.

2020 censusEdit

Scotland Neck racial composition[7]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 445 27.13%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,108 67.56%
Native American 2 0.12%
Asian 6 0.37%
Other/Mixed 33 2.01%
Hispanic or Latino 46 2.8%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 1,640 people, 611 households, and 327 families residing in the town.

2000 censusEdit

According to the census[4] of 2000, there were 2,362 people, 987 households, and 611 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,935.1 people per square mile (747.5/km2). There were 1,097 housing units at an average density of 898.7 per square mile (347.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 29.85% White, 68.04% African American, 0.17% Native American, 1.10% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.07% of the population.

There were 987 households, out of which 24.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.4% were married couples living together, 24.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 35.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 3.11.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 27.1% under the age of 18, 8.1% from 18 to 24, 23.3% from 25 to 44, 21.7% from 45 to 64, and 19.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 81.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 71.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $21,094, and the median income for a family was $27,115. Males had a median income of $24,519 versus $17,328 for females. The per capita income for the town was $12,982. About 24.4% of families and 31.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 42.8% of those under age 18 and 28.2% of those age 65 or over.

Scotland Neck recruited and self supplied an independent volunteer company, 'the Scotland Neck Mounted Riflemen' in 1859. At the opening of the Civil War in 1861, the company was mustered into the Army of the Confederate States, as Company G, 3rd North Carolina Cavalry, 41st Regiment. A brief pamphlet of the unit's experience during the war was written by the son of one of the officers serving in the Company.

Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Scotland Neck, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-24.
  8. ^ Woolford, Pamela. (Mar 7, 2000). Storyteller puts her craft into print, wins a national award. The Baltimore Sun. Retrieved Dec 14, 2019.

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