Tryon, North Carolina

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Tryon is a town in Polk County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,760 at the 2000 census.

It was named for William Tryon, Governor of North Carolina from 1765 to 1771. Tryon was the birthplace of the singer, pianist, composer, and activist Nina Simone.



Tryon is located at 35°12′32″N 82°14′20″W / 35.20889°N 82.23889°W / 35.20889; -82.23889 (35.208913, -82.238984)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.8 km²), all of it land.



As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,760 people, 869 households, and 452 families residing in the town. The population density was 955.0 people per square mile (369.3/km²). There were 985 housing units at an average density of 534.5/sq mi (206.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 77.16% White, 21.02% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 0.68% from other races, and 0.74% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.25% of the population.

There were 869 households out of which 16.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.8% were married couples living together, 10.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.9% were non-families. 44.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 28.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.92 and the average family size was 2.66.

In the town, the population was spread out with 16.7% under the age of 18, 4.2% from 18 to 24, 19.6% from 25 to 44, 21.8% from 45 to 64, and 37.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 52 years. For every 100 females there were 72.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 68.9 males.

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