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Sampson County, NC

Sampson County, North Carolina
Seal of Sampson County, North Carolina
North Carolina
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North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1784
Named for John Sampson
Seat Clinton
 • Total 947 sq mi (2,453 km2)
 • Land 945 sq mi (2,448 km2)
 • Water 2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.21%
 • (2010) 63,431
 • Density 65/sq mi (25/km²)
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Sampson County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 63,431.[1] Its county seat is Clinton[2].


Sampson County was formed in 1784 from Duplin County. It was named for John Sampson, who was the first register of deeds of Duplin County and the first mayor of Wilmington.

Sampson County is the birthplace of William R. King, a politician and diplomat who was elected both to the House of Representatives and the Senate. In 1852, he was elected as the 13th US vice-president on a ticket with Franklin Pierce.

The county has five traditional high schools.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 947 square miles (2,450 km2), of which 945 square miles (2,450 km2) is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) (0.21%) is water.[3]

Sampson County is the second largest county, in land area, in North Carolina.

The county is drained by the Black and South Rivers, as well as Six Run Creek.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • Template:Jct/extra NC 24
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 41
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 50
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 55
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 242
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 403
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 411
  • Template:Jct/extra NC 903


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201263,9490.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2012 Estimate[1]

As of the census[5] of 2010, there were 63,431 people, 22,624 households, and 16,214 families residing in the county. The population density was 67.1 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 26,476 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 56.7% White, 27% Black or African American, 2% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander and 2% from two or more races. 16.5% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,273 households out of which 33.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.60% were married couples living together, 14.30% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.20% were non-families. 23.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.20% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 and the average family size was 3.09.

In the county the population was spread out with 25.80% under the age of 18, 9.40% from 18 to 24, 29.70% from 25 to 44, 22.30% from 45 to 64, and 12.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,793, and the median income for a family was $38,072. Males had a median income of $26,806 versus $20,657 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,976. About 13.50% of families and 17.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.50% of those under age 18 and 21.50% of those age 65 or over.

Sampson County is also one of the largest producers of hogs in the nation, and second in the state, with a population of over 2 million hogs.


Cities and towns


The county is divided into nineteen townships: Belvoir, Dismal, Franklin, Halls, Herring, Honeycutt, Lisbon, Little Coharie, McDaniels, Mingo, Newton Grove, North Clinton, Piney Grove, Plain View, South Clinton, South River, Taylors Bridge, Turkey, and Westbrook.

See also


External links

  • Sampson County government official website
  • NCGenWeb Sampson County - free genealogy resources for the county

Coordinates: 34°59′N 78°22′W / 34.99°N 78.37°W / 34.99; -78.37

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