Henderson, North Carolina

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Henderson, with a population of 16,095 at the 2000 census, is the county seat of Vance County, North Carolina, United States.[3]

The city was named in honor of former North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson, who lived nearby and was a friend of early settler Lewis Reavis. Henderson was officially chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1841.

Prior to the creation of Vance County in 1881, Henderson was located in far eastern Granville County.[4]



Henderson is located at 36°19′29″N 78°24′31″W / 36.32472°N 78.40861°W / 36.32472; -78.40861 (36.324753, -78.408536)[5].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.2 square miles (21.4 km²), of which, 8.2 square miles (21.3 km²) of it is land and 0.12% is water.

Henderson benefits from its location near Interstate 85 and U.S. 1. Highway 39 also runs through Henderson.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 16,095 people, 6,332 households, and 4,122 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,953.7 people per square mile (754.2/km²). There were 6,870 housing units at an average density of 833.9/sq mi (321.9/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 59.17% African American , 36.76% White,, 0.27% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.36% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.13% of the population.

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