|Gates County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
346 sq mi (896 km²)
5 sq mi (13 km²), 1.45%
31/sq mi (12/km²)
The county was formed in 1779 from parts of Chowan County, Hertford County, and Perquimans County. It was named for General Horatio Gates, who had commanded the victorious American forces at the Battle of Saratoga in 1777.
Law and government
Gates County is a member of the Albemarle Commission regional council of governments.
The county is divided into eight townships: Gatesville, Hall, Haslett, Holly Grove, Hunters Mill, Mintonsville, Reynoldson and Sunbury.
Adjacent Counties and Independent Cities
- Suffolk - north
- Camden County - northeast
- Pasquotank County - east
- Perquimans County - southeast
- Chowan County - south
- Hertford County - west
- Southampton County - northwest
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 10,516 people, 3,901 households, and 2,933 families residing in the county. The population density was 12/km² (31/sq mi). There were 4,389 housing units at an average density of 5/km² (13/sq mi). The racial makeup of the county was 59.08% White, 39.18% Black or African American, 0.42% Native American, 0.25% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.10% from other races, and 0.94% from two or more races. 0.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,901 households out of which 34.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.20% were married couples living together, 13.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.80% were non-families. 21.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.66 and the average family size was 3.09.
In the county the population was spread out with 26.70% under the age of 18, 6.10% from 18 to 24, 29.10% from 25 to 44, 23.70% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 92.50 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,647, and the median income for a family was $41,511. Males had a median income of $32,227 versus $21,014 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,963. About 14.50% of families and 17.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.90% of those under age 18 and 26.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
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