Yanceyville, North Carolina

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Yanceyville, first incorporated in 1833, is the county seat of Caswell County, North Carolina, United States.[3] The population was 2,091 at the 2000 census. It has been the county seat since 1792 (although the settlement was originally called Caswell Court House until 1833). The original Caswell County Courthouse has been renovated and provides offices for county departments. The modern court house is located a few blocks north.

There remains uncertainty as to the person for whom Yanceyville is named. Some say it is named for James Yancey (1768–1829). Others claim it is named for his younger brother, Bartlett Yancey, Jr. (1785-1828). A few believe the name honored the entire Yancey family, long prominent in the area.



Yanceyville is located at 36°24′25″N 79°20′30″W / 36.40694°N 79.34167°W / 36.40694; -79.34167 (36.407037, -79.341545).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.7 square miles (12.1 km²), of which, 4.6 square miles (12.0 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 2,091 people, 658 households, and 400 families residing in the town. The population density was 450.9 people per square mile (174.0/km²). There were 748 housing units at an average density of 161.3/sq mi (62.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 44.29% White, 53.99% African American, 0.33% Native American, 0.14% Asian, 0.33% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.00% of the population.

There were 658 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 33.0% were married couples living together, 24.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.2% were non-families. 36.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.21 and the average family size was 2.88.

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