Whitakers, North Carolina

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Whitakers (pronounced /ˈhwɪtəkərz/) is a town in Edgecombe and Nash in the U.S. state of North Carolina. It is divided between the two counties by railroad tracks and is the northernmost city in the two counties. It is part of the Rocky Mount, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The population was 773 in 2008.



Whitakers is located at 36°6′21″N 77°42′49″W / 36.10583°N 77.71361°W / 36.10583; -77.71361 (36.105951, -77.713582)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 28.8 square miles (2.1 km²), all land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 799 people, 331 households, and 219 families residing in the town. The population density was 977.9 people per square mile (376.2/km²). There were 370 housing units at an average density of 452.9/sq mi (174.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 40.55% White, 18.32% African American, 40.13% Native American, 0.88% from other races, and 0.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.88% of the population.

There were 331 households out of which 24.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 38.4% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 31.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.41 and the average family size was 3.04.

In the town the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.5% from 25 to 44, 25.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 41 years. For every 100 females there were 88.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.3 males.

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