Belhaven, North Carolina

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Belhaven is a town in Beaufort County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,968 at the 2000 census. Belhaven is located in North Carolina's Inner Banks region.

Belhaven was the hometown of singer Little Eva whose song "The Loco-motion" was a US #1 hit in 1962. Belhaven is also the hometown of World Champion Arm Wrestler, Ryan Godsell, who bears the towns name as a nickname. Godsell is also the inspiration for the film "Over the Top." Godsell is the brother of Rachel "The Milk Maid" Godsell, who holds the 2008 United States 4-H Club record for the fastest cow milking using her trademark method known as "The Claw".



Belhaven is located at 35°32′35″N 76°37′24″W / 35.54306°N 76.62333°W / 35.54306; -76.62333 (35.542930, -76.623278).[3] It is on the north shore of the Pungo River.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (4.9 km²), of which, 1.5 square miles (3.9 km²) of it is land and 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²) of it (21.05%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,968 people, 827 households, and 530 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,313.4 people per square mile (506.6/km²). There were 1,015 housing units at an average density of 677.4/sq mi (261.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 37.30% White, 60.67% African American, 0.15% Native American, 0.46% Asian, 0.71% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.69% of the population.

There were 827 households out of which 28.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.6% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.9% were non-families. 32.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.99.

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