Princeville, North Carolina

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Princeville is a town in Edgecombe County, North Carolina and the oldest town incorporated by African-Americans in the United States. It was established by freed slaves after the Civil War and incorporated in 1885. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 940, although this census was taken shortly after 1999's Hurricane Floyd, which displaced many town residents. A 2004 special census recount placed the town's population at 2,020 residents in 818 housing units. The closest major city is Rocky Mount, NC which is only 15 minutes west.

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Geography

Princeville is located at 35°53′13″N 77°31′14″W / 35.88694°N 77.52056°W / 35.88694; -77.52056 (35.886974, -77.520584)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km²), of which, 0.62% is water.

Demographics

The 2000 census data reflect the town shortly after 1999's Hurricane Floyd; a 2004 census recount has been conducted, doubling the town's reported population (see above), and revised demographic statistics are expected in early 2005.

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 940 people, 346 households, and 255 families residing in the town. The population density was 590.5 people per square mile (228.3/km²). There were 761 housing units at an average density of 478.0/sq mi (184.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 2.23% White, 97.45% African American, 0.11% Asian, and 0.21% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.64% of the population.

There were 346 households out of which 27.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.5% were married couples living together, 27.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.3% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.72 and the average family size was 3.21.

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