Chowan County

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Chowan County, North Carolina

115 E King St PO Box 1030
Edenton, NC 27932
Phone: (252) 482-8431
Fax: (252) 482-0126
www.chowancounty-nc.gov

In northeastern NC on Albemarle Sound; organized as Shaftsbury Precinct of Albemarle County in 1668 (prior to statehood); name changed about 1681. Name Origin: For the Chowan River, which forms its western border; itself named for the Chowanoc, an Algonquian Indian tribe, probably 'those in the south.' Originally for Anthony Ashley Cooper (1621-83), Earl of Shaftsbury, an original lord proprietor of Carolina

Area (sq mi):: 233.31 (land 172.64; water 60.67) Population per square mile: 84.20
Population 2005: 14,528 State rank: 88 Population change: 2000-20005 0.00%; 1990-2000 7.60% Population 2000: 14,526 (White 59.90%; Black or African American 37.50%; Hispanic or Latino 1.50%; Asian 0.30%; Other 1.60%). Foreign born: 0.90%. Median age: 39.80
Income 2000: per capita $15,027; median household $30,928; Population below poverty level: 17.60% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $23,122-$24,682
Unemployment (2004): 4.80% Unemployment change (from 2000): -0.30% Median travel time to work: 27.40 minutes Working outside county of residence: 28.40%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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