Clinton, North Carolina

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Clinton is the county seat of Sampson County, North Carolina, United States. The estimated population of Clinton is 8,845 as of 2008. Clinton is named for American Revolution General Richard Clinton.[3]

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History

The first European settlers came to the Clinton area around 1740. The community was originally Clinton Courthouse. There was an earlier incorporated town of Clinton in Rowan County (now Davie County), however the town folded in 1822. The City of Clinton was incorporated in 1852. The General Assembly appointed five commissioners: James Moseley, Isaac Boykin, Dr. Henry Bizzel, John Beaman, and Alfred Johnson. When the commissioners ratified the act clarifying procedures for the Town of Clinton. The corporate limits of the town at that time extended a half mile each way from the courthouse. The first records of an election were in February 1852 and the first tax rate was $0.50 on the $100 valuation of real property. Clinton is the geographic center of the county, and because Sampson County is primarily rural farmland, Clinton developed as the major agricultural marketing center.

Geography

Clinton is located at 35°0′9″N 78°19′44″W / 35.0025°N 78.32889°W / 35.0025; -78.32889 (35.002418, -78.328803).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 7.75 square miles (20.07 km²), 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.28%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,600 people, 3,336 households, and 2,058 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,219.1 people per square mile (471.0/km²). There were 3,690 housing units at an average density of 523.1/sq mi (202.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 53.08% White, 41.38% African American, 0.97% Native American, 0.74% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.83% from other races, and 0.97% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.66% of the population.

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