Centerville, North Carolina

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Centerville is a town in the rural northeastern corner of Franklin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 99 at the 2000 census. There is no post office in Centerville, and thus no zip code; it simply uses that of Louisburg, which is located 12 miles (19 km) west. "Downtown" Centerville is centered around the intersection of NC-561 and NC-58, and consists of three small old-fashioned country stores, one each on three of that intersection's four corners. One has a butcher store inside (Hamlet's), two sell gasoline (Arnold's and The Country Store), and one of those also sells diesel and kerosene (The Country Store). All three sell basic general store items, such as toilet paper, soap, household cleaning products, canned and boxed food, etc., as well as common convenience store items such as sodas, snack foods, cigarettes, beer, etc.

Centerville has its own church (Centerville Baptist Church, a member of the Southern Baptist Convention), and volunteer fire department. There is no police department, so Centerville - like the surrounding unincorporated area - is patrolled by the Franklin County sheriff.

As is common in the rural stretches of eastern North Carolina, many of the houses in and around Centerville are quite old and in poor states of repair, and agriculture is the main use of land. Tobacco, soybeans, corn, and hay are the main crops.

Centerville includes many antique buildings from its heyday, including the now-defunct Serepta Church, a former Methodist church located at the intersection of NC-561 and Centerville-Laurel Mill Road.

At 0.28-square-mile (0.73 km2), Centerville is among the smallest incorporated cities in North Carolina. Nearby cities and towns of larger size include Louisburg (12 miles west on NC-561, population 3,111), Warrenton (17.5 miles north on NC-58, population 811), and Castalia (10 miles south on NC-58, population 340).

Geography

Centerville is located at 36°11′6″N 78°6′41″W / 36.185°N 78.11139°W / 36.185; -78.11139 (36.184980, -78.111252)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 0.3 square miles (0.8 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 99 people, 41 households, and 30 families residing in the city. The population density was 348.5 people per square mile (136.5/km²). There were 51 housing units at an average density of 179.5/sq mi (70.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 92.93% White (92 persons) and 7.07% Black (7 persons).

There were 41 households out of which 26.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 51.2% were married couples living together, 14.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.8% were non-families. 24.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 2.87.

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