Raeford, North Carolina

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Raeford is a city in Hoke County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,386 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Hoke County[3]. The county was named after Confederate General Robert F. Hoke, as Tar Heel native.

The City of Raeford, named after the MacRae family who lived at the 'ford of the creek' was at one time made up primarily of old Highland Scot families. Likewise, the Upper Cape Fear Valley of North Carolina was in the 18th and 19th Century the largest settlement of Gaelic speaking Highland Scots in North America. Today many of these old families continue to live in the area, though their presence is noticeably diminished by the great numbers of newcomers to the area as a result of Fort Bragg. Since World War II many Lumbee Indian families have moved northward from Robeson County and now constitute a significant element of the population that is otherwise European and African-American.



Raeford is located at 34°58′54″N 79°13′39″W / 34.98167°N 79.2275°W / 34.98167; -79.2275 (34.981800, -79.227469)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 3.8 square miles (9.8 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²) of it is land and 0.27% is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,386 people, 1,323 households, and 899 families residing in the city. The population density was 902.3 people per square mile (348.6/km²). There were 1,440 housing units at an average density of 383.7/sq mi (148.3/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 52.75% White, 40.93% African American, 2.86% Native American, 0.95% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.09% from other races, and 1.39% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.16% of the population.

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