Halifax County, North Carolina

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Halifax County
Halifax County, North Carolina
Founded 1758
Website www.halifaxnc.com

Halifax County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 57,370. Its county seat is Halifax.


The county was formed in 1758 from Edgecombe County. It was named for George Montague-Dunk, President of the Board of Trade from 1748 to 1761.

In 1774 the southeastern part of Halifax County was combined with part of Tyrrell County to form Martin County.

Law and government

Halifax County is a member of the regional Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 731 square miles (1,894 km²), of which, 725 square miles (1,879 km²) of it is land and 6 square miles (16 km²) of it (0.82%) is water.


The county is divided into twelve townships: Brinkleyville, Butterwood, Conoconnara, Enfield, Faucett, Halifax, Littleton, Palmyra, Roanoke Rapids, Roseneath, Scotland Neck, and Weldon. Square miles are unknown at the moment.

Hazardous Waste Dumping on Roads

"On August 15, 1978, on Route 210 in Halifax County, North Carolina, thirty one thousand gallons of PCB WASTE OIL (toxic liquid) were released along the road. Then Governor Jim Hunt issued a $2500 reward for information leading to the arrest of the suspects who committed this dastardly act upon the citizens of NC. Within months, three people pleaded guilty and implicated a transformer company, in the prosecutors case." Book: Laying Waste, page 252 - Michael Brown - ISBN 0-671-45359-9

Adjacent counties


A cotton field blooms in Halifax County in early November.

As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 57,370 people, 22,122 households, and 15,308 families residing in the county. The population density was 79 people per square mile (31/km²). There were 25,309 housing units at an average density of 35 per square mile (13/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 52.56% Black or African American, 42.57% White, 3.14% Native American, 0.54% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.47% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.01% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,122 households out of which 31.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.10% were married couples living together, 20.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.80% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.00% 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 3.06.

In the county the population was spread out with 26.20% under the age of 18, 8.00% from 18 to 24, 27.70% from 25 to 44, 23.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,459, and the median income for a family was $33,515. Males had a median income of $28,025 versus $20,524 for females. The per capita income for the county was $13,810. About 19.40% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 33.00% of those under age 18 and 22.40% of those age 65 or over.

See also

Cities and towns

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


External links

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