Chowan County, North Carolina
Seal of Chowan County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Chowan County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the U.S. highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1668
Seat Edenton
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

233 sq mi (603 km²)
173 sq mi (448 km²)
61 sq mi (158 km²), 26.00%
 - (2000)
 - Density

54/sq mi (21/km²)

Chowan County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 14,526. Its county seat is Edenton6.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 604 km² (233 sq mi). 447 km² (173 sq mi) of it is land and 157 km² (61 sq mi) of it (26.00%) is water.

Adjacent Counties[]

Law and government[]

Chowan County is a member of the Albemarle Commission regional council of governments.


As of the census2 of 2000, there were 14,526 people, 5,580 households, and 4,006 families residing in the county. The population density was 32/km² (84/sq mi). There were 6,443 housing units at an average density of 14/km² (37/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 60.54% White, 37.52% Black or African American, 0.30% Native American, 0.34% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 0.60% from other races, and 0.70% from two or more races. 1.51% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 5,580 households out of which 30.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.00% were married couples living together, 15.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.20% were non-families. 25.30% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.94.

In the county the population was spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 24.10% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 17.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 40 years. For every 100 females there were 88.10 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $30,928, and the median income for a family was $36,986. Males had a median income of $29,719 versus $19,826 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,027. About 13.70% of families and 17.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.50% of those under age 18 and 16.70% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

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

Coordinates: 36°08′N 76°36′W / 36.13, -76.60

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