Sampson County, North Carolina

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Sampson County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 60,161. Its county seat is Clinton[1].



The county was formed in 1784 from Duplin County. It was named after John Sampson, who was the first register of deeds of Duplin County and the first mayor of Wilmington, North Carolina.

Sampson County is the birthplace of William R. King, who after spending time in local government continued on to become the 13th US vice-president.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 947 square miles (2,454 km²), of which, 945 square miles (2,449 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (5 km²) of it (0.21%) is water.

Sampson County is the second largest county, in land area, in North Carolina.

The county is drained by the Black and South Rivers, as well as Six Run Creek.


The county is divided into nineteen townships: Belvoir, Dismal, Franklin, Halls, Herring, Honeycutt, Lisbon, Little Coharie, McDaniels, Mingo, Newton Grove, North Clinton, Piney Grove, Plain View, South Clinton, South River, Taylors Bridge, Turkey, and Westbrook.

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As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 60,161 people, 22,273 households, and 16,214 families residing in the county. The population density was 64 people per square mile (25/km²). There were 25,142 housing units at an average density of 27 per square mile (10/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 59.76% White, 29.95% Black or African American, 1.81% Native American, 0.31% Asian, 0.09% Pacific Islander, 6.95% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. 10.77% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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