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Nash County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Nash 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 1777
Seat Nashville
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

543 sq mi (1,406 km²)
540 sq mi (1,399 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.45%
Population
 - (2020)
 - Density

94,970
161/sq mi (62/km²)
Website www.co.nash.nc.us

Nash County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina, Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of 2020, the population was 94,970. Its county seat is Nashville.[1]

History[]

Nash County was formed in 1777 from Edgecombe County. It was named for Revolutionary War Brigadier General Francis Nash, who had been mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown that year.

In 1855 parts of Nash County, Edgecombe County, Johnston County, and Wayne County were combined to form Wilson County, North Carolina.

Politics, law and government[]

Nash County was originally a typically overwhelmingly Democratic "Solid South" county with a large and completely disfranchised black population. Although it gave a plurality to Populist candidate James B. Weaver in 1892, it did not like Sampson County or Alabama's Chilton County subsequently turn to the Republican Party. Nash County would vote Democratic in every election from 1896 to 1964 – in Franklin D. Roosevelt and Harry S. Truman's five elections the Republicans never received eleven percent of the county's limited electorate's ballots – before supporting George Wallace's American Independent candidacy in 1968, and voting Republican for the first time in 1972. After turning like most Wallace counties to Southern Democrat Jimmy Carter in 1976, Nash would become solidly Republican from 1980 to 2004 before turning into one of the nation's most closely contested counties in the past three elections. Mitt Romney became the first Republican to lose the county since Gerald Ford, but Donald Trump narrowly reclaimed Nash in 2016, only to lose it by a hair in 2020.

United States presidential election results for Nash County, North Carolina[2]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 25,827 49.41% 25,947 49.64% 497 0.95%
2016 23,319 48.92% 23,235 48.75% 1,111 2.33%
2012 23,842 49.17% 24,313 50.14% 337 0.69%
2008 23,728 50.36% 23,099 49.02% 291 0.62%
2004 21,902 58.14% 15,693 41.66% 78 0.21%
2000 17,995 58.97% 12,376 40.56% 142 0.47%
1996 15,309 54.17% 11,142 39.42% 1,811 6.41%
1992 14,446 48.34% 10,809 36.17% 4,631 15.50%
1988 15,906 64.34% 8,740 35.35% 76 0.31%
1984 17,295 66.73% 8,588 33.14% 34 0.13%
1980 11,043 56.34% 8,184 41.75% 374 1.91%
1976 8,477 48.12% 8,937 50.73% 202 1.15%
1972 12,679 71.39% 4,503 25.35% 579 3.26%
1968 4,602 24.08% 5,283 27.64% 9,230 48.29%
1964 6,396 41.11% 9,163 58.89% 0 0.00%
1960 3,896 27.86% 10,086 72.14% 0 0.00%
1956 2,665 21.09% 9,969 78.91% 0 0.00%
1952 2,636 20.18% 10,424 79.82% 0 0.00%
1948 684 7.98% 7,590 88.50% 302 3.52%
1944 876 10.36% 7,577 89.64% 0 0.00%
1940 613 6.76% 8,456 93.24% 0 0.00%
1936 517 5.62% 8,682 94.38% 0 0.00%
1932 532 6.61% 7,472 92.79% 49 0.61%
1928 2,066 32.72% 4,249 67.28% 0 0.00%
1924 823 20.16% 3,129 76.63% 131 3.21%
1920 1,556 27.85% 4,031 72.15% 0 0.00%
1916 826 27.22% 2,189 72.15% 19 0.63%
1912 172 6.49% 1,862 70.21% 618 23.30%
1908 1,334 44.29% 1,678 55.71% 0 0.00%
1904 645 31.02% 1,428 68.69% 6 0.29%
1900 1,337 33.96% 2,600 66.04% 0 0.00%
1896 1,699 36.81% 2,916 63.17% 1 0.02%
1892 476 16.96% 997 35.53% 1,333 47.51%
1888 1,719 44.08% 2,181 55.92% 0 0.00%
1884 1,556 45.75% 1,845 54.25% 0 0.00%
1880 1,406 46.59% 1,612 53.41% 0 0.00%



Geography[]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 543 square miles (1,406 km²), of which, 540 square miles (1,399 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.45%) is water.

Townships[]

The county is divided into seventeen townships: Bailey, Battleboro, Castalia, Coopers, Dry Wells, Ferrells, Griffins, Jackson, Mannings, Nashville, North Whitakers, Oak Level, Red Oak, Rocky Mount, Spring Hope, South Whitakers, and Stony Creek.

Demographics[]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 87,420 people, 33,644 households, and 23,920 families residing in the county. The population density was 162 people per square mile (62/km²). There were 37,051 housing units at an average density of 69 per square mile (26/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 61.94% White, 33.93% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.06% from other races, and 1.02% from two or more races. 3.36% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 33,644 households out of which 32.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.70% were married couples living together, 14.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.90% were non-families. 25.00% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 3.02.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.40% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 30.10% from 25 to 44, 23.50% from 45 to 64, and 12.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 92.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.10 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $37,147, and the median income for a family was $44,769. Males had a median income of $32,459 versus $24,438 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,863. About 10.30% of families and 13.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.80% of those under age 18 and 15.20% of those age 65 or over.

Cities and towns[]

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

  • Bailey
  • Castalia
  • Dortches
  • Middlesex
  • Momeyer
  • Nashville
  • Red Oak
  • Rocky Mount
  • Spring Hope
  • Whitakers

See also[]

  • National Register of Historic Places listings in Nash County, North Carolina

References[]

External links[]

Coordinates: 35°58′N 77°59′W / 35.97, -77.99


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