Camden County, North Carolina

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Camden County, North Carolina
Seal of Camden County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Camden County
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1777
Named for Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden
Seat Camden
Largest community Camden
 • Total 310 sq mi (803 km2)
 • Land 241 sq mi (624 km2)
 • Water 70 sq mi (181 km2), 22%
 • (2010) 9,980
 • Density 41/sq mi (16/km²)
Congressional district 3rd
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4

Camden County is a county located in the American state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 9,980,[1] making it the fourth-least populous county in North Carolina. Its county seat is Camden.[2]

Camden County is part of the Elizabeth City, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk, VA-NC Combined Statistical Area.


The county was formed in 1777 from the northeastern part of Pasquotank County. It was named for Charles Pratt, 1st Lord Camden, who had opposed the Stamp Act. The county is the site of the southern terminus of the Dismal Swamp Canal. It was the site of the Battle of South Mills on April 19, 1862 during the American Civil War, which was a minor victory to the Confederacy.

Shiloh Baptist Church, founded around 1727 by Paul Palmer, is the oldest Baptist church in North Carolina.[3] It is located in the Shiloh township.

Though technically there are (or were) no incorporated municipalities in Camden County, the county became the first consolidated city-county entity in North Carolina in June 2006.[4]

Camden County is the location of Academi's Blackwater Lodge and Training Center for paramilitary and security operations.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 310 square miles (800 km2), of which 241 square miles (620 km2) is land and 70 square miles (180 km2) (22%) is water.[5]

Adjacent counties and independent cities

National protected area

Major highways


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 4,022
1800 4,191 4.2%
1810 5,347 27.6%
1820 6,347 18.7%
1830 6,733 6.1%
1840 5,663 −15.9%
1850 6,049 6.8%
1860 5,343 −11.7%
1870 5,361 0.3%
1880 6,274 17.0%
1890 5,667 −9.7%
1900 5,474 −3.4%
1910 5,640 3.0%
1920 5,382 −4.6%
1930 5,461 1.5%
1940 5,440 −0.4%
1950 5,223 −4.0%
1960 5,598 7.2%
1970 5,453 −2.6%
1980 5,829 6.9%
1990 5,904 1.3%
2000 6,885 16.6%
2010 9,980 45.0%
Est. 2014 10,331 [6] 3.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[7]
1790-1960[8] 1900-1990[9]
1990-2000[10] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[11] of 2010, there were 9,980 people, 2,662 households, and 2,023 families residing in the county. The population density was 29 people per square mile (11/km²). There were 2,973 housing units at an average density of 12/sq mi (5/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.1% White, 13.2% Black or African American, 0.3% Native American, 1.5% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.7% from other races, and 2.1% from two or more races. 2.2% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 2,662 households out of which 31.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.20% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.00% were non-families. 20.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.58 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 6.30% from 18 to 24, 30.50% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 13.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 98.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.90 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $39,493, and the median income for a family was $45,387. Males had a median income of $36,274 versus $24,875 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,681. 10.10% of the population and 7.90% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 12.60% are under the age of 18 and 20.30% are 65 or older.


Camden County is a member of the Albemarle Commission regional council of governments.


There are five schools in Camden County: Grandy Primary School, Camden Intermediate School, Camden Middle School, Camden County High School, and CamTech High School. However one other former school lies in Shiloh. It was a community school for the Shiloh area. The school is now home to a general store with the Topside Restaurant on top. The Shiloh School sign is still visible on the top of the facade at the front of the building.


Map of Camden County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels


Unincorporated communities


  • Courthouse
  • Shiloh
  • South Mills

See also


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  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  3. "People Called Baptists". Baptist State Convention of North Carolina. Retrieved 2007-01-03.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  4. Camden County Government - Board of Commissioners - February 10, 2006
  5. "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 13, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  6. "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  7. "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 13, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
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  9. Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 13, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  10. "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 13, 2015.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  11. "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>

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