Camden County, North Carolina

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Camden County Courthouse, NC Route 343, Camden (Camden County, North Carolina).jpg
Camden County Courthouse. Photographed in 1940.
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Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
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North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°20′N76°10′W / 36.34°N 76.16°W / 36.34; -76.16
Country Flag of the United States.svg United States
State Flag of North Carolina.svg  North Carolina
Founded1777
Named for Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
Seat Camden
Largest communityCamden
Area
  Total310 sq mi (800 km2)
  Land241 sq mi (620 km2)
  Water70 sq mi (200 km2)  22%%
Population
  Estimate 
(2018)
10,710
  Density41/sq mi (16/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
  Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 3rd
Website www.camdencountync.gov

Camden County is a county located in the American state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,980, [1] making it the fourth-least populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Camden. [2]

County (United States) Subdivision used by most states in the United States of America

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Camden County is part of the Elizabeth City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.

Elizabeth City, North Carolina City in North Carolina, United States

Elizabeth City is a city in Pasquotank County, North Carolina, in the United States. As of the 2014 census, it had a population of 18,047. Elizabeth City is the county seat and largest city of Pasquotank County. It is the cultural, economic and educational hub of the sixteen-county Historic Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina.

Virginia Beach, Virginia Independent city in Virginia

Virginia Beach is an independent city located on the southeastern coast of the Commonwealth of Virginia in the United States. As of the 2010 census, the population was 437,994; in 2018, it was estimated to be 450,138. Although mostly suburban in character, it is the most populous city in Virginia and the 44th most populous city in the nation. Located on the Atlantic Ocean at the mouth of the Chesapeake Bay, Virginia Beach is included in the Hampton Roads metropolitan area. This area, known as "America's First Region", also includes the independent cities of Chesapeake, Hampton, Newport News, Norfolk, Portsmouth, and Suffolk, as well as other smaller cities, counties, and towns of Hampton Roads.

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History

The county was formed in 1777 from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County. It was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord Camden, who had opposed the Stamp Act. The county is the site of the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal. It was the site of the Battle of South Mills on April 19, 1862 during the American Civil War, which was a minor victory to the Confederacy.

Pasquotank County, North Carolina U.S. county in North Carolina, United States

Pasquotank County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 40,661. Its county seat is Elizabeth City. The county was originally created as Pasquotank Precinct and gained county status in 1739.

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden 18th-century English lawyer, judge, and politician

Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden, PC was an English lawyer, judge and Whig politician who was first to hold the title of Earl Camden. As a lawyer and judge he was a leading proponent of civil liberties, championing the rights of the jury, and limiting the powers of the State in leading cases such as Entick v Carrington.

Stamp Act 1765 United Kingdom legislation

The Stamp Act of 1765 was an Act of the Parliament of Great Britain which imposed a direct tax on the British colonies in America and required that many printed materials in the colonies be produced on stamped paper produced in London, carrying an embossed revenue stamp. Printed materials included legal documents, magazines, playing cards, newspapers, and many other types of paper used throughout the colonies, and it had to be paid in British currency, not in colonial paper money.

Shiloh Baptist Church, founded around 1727 by Paul Palmer, is the oldest Baptist church in North Carolina. [3] It is located in the Shiloh township.

Paul Palmer (minister) American minister

Paul Palmer was the founder of several Baptist churches that became affiliated with the General Baptists. Palmer started several early Baptist churches in North Carolina, including the first known Baptist church in the state. He was an Arminian baptist and founder of the movement Free Will Baptist with Benjamin Randall. His home church was Delaware's Welsh Tract Baptist Church, which was Calvinist.

Though technically there are (or were) no incorporated municipalities in Camden County, the county became the first consolidated city-county entity in North Carolina in June 2006. [4]

In United States local government, a consolidated city-county is a city and county that have been merged into one unified jurisdiction. As such it is simultaneously a city, which is a municipal corporation, and a county, which is an administrative division of a state. It has the powers and responsibilities of both types of entities.

Camden County is the location of Academi's Blackwater Lodge and Training Center for paramilitary and security operations.

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Geography

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According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 310 square miles (800 km2), of which 241 square miles (620 km2) is land and 70 square miles (180 km2) (22%) is water. [6]

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Demographics

Historical population
CensusPop.
1790 4,022
1800 4,1914.2%
1810 5,34727.6%
1820 6,34718.7%
1830 6,7336.1%
1840 5,663−15.9%
1850 6,0496.8%
1860 5,343−11.7%
1870 5,3610.3%
1880 6,27417.0%
1890 5,667−9.7%
1900 5,474−3.4%
1910 5,6403.0%
1920 5,382−4.6%
1930 5,4611.5%
1940 5,440−0.4%
1950 5,223−4.0%
1960 5,5987.2%
1970 5,453−2.6%
1980 5,8296.9%
1990 5,9041.3%
2000 6,88516.6%
2010 9,98045.0%
Est. 201810,710 [7] 7.3%
U.S. Decennial Census [8]
1790-1960 [9] 1900-1990 [10]
1990-2000 [11] 2010-2013 [1]

As of the census [12] of 2010, there were 9,980 people, 2,662 households, and 2,023 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 2,973 housing units at an average density of 12/sq mi (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.1% White, 13.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,662 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county, the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,493, and the median income for a family was $45,387. Males had a median income of $36,274 versus $24,875 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,681. 10.10% of the population and 7.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.60% are under the age of 18 and 20.30% are 65 or older.

Government

Camden County is a member of the Albemarle Commission regional council of governments and is represented by Bob Steinburg in the North Carolina House of Representatives. [13]

Presidential elections results
Presidential elections results [14]
Year Republican Democratic Third parties
2016 70.8%3,54625.5% 1,2743.7% 186
2012 66.1%3,10932.1% 1,5081.9% 87
2008 65.1%3,14033.1% 1,5971.7% 84
2004 64.8%2,48035.0% 1,3390.3% 11
2000 57.5%1,62841.9% 1,1870.6% 16
1996 41.9% 1,07446.2%1,18611.9% 306
1992 38.8% 1,03943.1%1,15318.1% 483
1988 50.9%1,14448.1% 1,0811.1% 24
1984 54.3%1,28245.5% 1,0750.3% 6
1980 38.9% 81358.1%1,2123.0% 63
1976 31.1% 56268.1%1,2310.9% 16
1972 60.2%90936.8% 5563.0% 45
1968 9.1% 18035.6% 70755.4%1,100
1964 38.0% 53462.0%870
1960 25.0% 33875.0%1,014
1956 29.7% 34370.3%813
1952 25.5% 34074.6%996
1948 16.3% 12773.9%5769.8% 76
1944 21.1% 19378.9%722
1940 12.2% 13487.8%961
1936 10.4% 11789.6%1,008
1932 7.9% 7892.1%9150.1% 1
1928 28.2% 24571.8%624
1924 22.9% 13275.6%4361.6% 9
1920 20.8% 14279.2%540
1916 18.9% 8680.7%3680.4% 2
1912 9.9% 4074.8%30315.3% 62

Education

There are five schools in Camden County: Grandy Primary School, Camden Intermediate School, Camden Middle School, Camden County High School, and Camden Early College. However one other former school lies in Shiloh. It was a community school for the Shiloh area. The school is now home to a general store with the Topside Restaurant on top. The Shiloh School sign is still visible on the top of the facade at the front of the building.

Communities

Map of Camden County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels Map of Camden County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels.PNG
Map of Camden County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

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See also

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Coordinates: 36°20′N76°10′W / 36.34°N 76.16°W / 36.34; -76.16