Pamlico County, North Carolina

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Pamlico County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2006, the population is 13,097 . Its county seat is Bayboro[1].

Pamlico County is part of the New Bern, North Carolina, Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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History

The county was formed in 1872 from parts of Beaufort County and Craven County. It was named for Pamlico Sound, which adjoins it. Pamlico County remains rural in character and flavor, although the last decade has brought a good deal of residential development, largely the result of northern retirees and investors attracted to the many miles of waterfront property. The county is anchored on the east by the village of Oriental, a popular waystation for boaters traveling the Intra-Coastal Waterway, and New Bern (just across the border in Craven County) to the west. New Bern is "the primary trade area" for Pamlico County.[citation needed]

Law and government

Pamlico County is a member of the regional Eastern Carolina Council of Governments.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 566 square miles (1,467 km²), of which, 337 square miles (873 km²) of it is land and 229 square miles (594 km²) of it (40.49%) is water.

Townships

The county is divided into five townships, which are numbered but not named.

Adjacent counties

Demographics

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 12,934 people, 5,178 households, and 3,717 families residing in the county. The population density was 38 people per square mile (15/km²). There were 6,781 housing units at an average density of 20 per square mile (8/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 73.17% White, 24.57% Black or African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.38% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.59% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. 1.32% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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