St. Pauls, North Carolina

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St. Pauls is a town in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 2,137 at the 2000 census.



The town of St. Pauls was built up around St. Pauls Presbyterian Church which was built on land donated in 1799 by William Davis. St. Pauls grew slowly from a town of just the church, Davis' home, a post office and livery stable. The livery was built at the 16 mile post on the Fayetteville to Lumberton stage coach road. Growth began in earnest following the construction of the Robeson Institute a co-educational school that served the children of northern Robeson County.[3]

The construction of the Virginia and Coastal Railroad and the Atlantic Coast Line through St. Pauls helped establish the community as a leading producer of textiles. Three cotton mills were constructed in the early part of the 20th century. The mills experienced periods of success and failure before coming under control of the Burlington Mills Corporation in 1943. Nearly all the mills closed in the 1990s as the textile industry moved from the American South to Latin America and Southeast Asia.[3]


St. Pauls is located at 34°48′26″N 78°58′22″W / 34.80722°N 78.97278°W / 34.80722; -78.97278 (34.807329, -78.972746).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,137 people, 859 households, and 571 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,601.2 people per square mile (620.4/km²). There were 935 housing units at an average density of 700.6/sq mi (271.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 25.32% White,60.46% African American, 3.56% Native American, 0.37% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 8.14% from other races, and 2.11% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.74% of the population.

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