|Vance County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
270 sq mi (699 km²)
254 sq mi (658 km²)
16 sq mi (41 km²), 6.04%
168/sq mi (65/km²)
History[edit | edit source]
The formation of Vance County was accomplished largely as a political expediency. It was in 1881 when Blacks in large numbers were voting solidly Republican. Granville and Franklin Counties were nip and tuck, Democratic or Republican. From the Democratic standpoint, Warren County was hopelessly Republican. But by taking from Granville, Franklin and Warren, those sections that were heavily Republican and out of these sections forming the new county of Vance, the Democratic party could lose Vance to the Republicans and save Granville and Franklin for the Democrats [see gerrymandering]. [U.S.] Senator [Zebulon Baird] Vance was a Democrat. He took kindly to this move and thanked the [North Carolina] Legislature for honoring him with naming the new county after him. At the same time...Vance showed his humor by always referring to Vance County as 'Zeb's Black Baby.'
Law and government[edit | edit source]
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 270 square miles (699 km²), of which, 254 square miles (657 km²) of it is land and 16 square miles (42 km²) of it (6.04%) is water.
Townships[edit | edit source]
Adjacent counties[edit | edit source]
- Mecklenburg County, Virginia - north
- Warren County, North Carolina - east
- Franklin County, North Carolina - south
- Granville County, North Carolina - west
|Mecklenburg County, Virginia|
|Granville County||Warren County|
Vance County, North Carolina
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 42,954 people, 16,199 households, and 11,647 families residing in the county. The population density was 169 people per square mile (65/km²). There were 18,196 housing units at an average density of 72 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 48.21% White, 48.31% Black or African American, 0.20% Native American, 0.39% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 2.03% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 4.56% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 16,199 households out of which 33.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.00% were married couples living together, 20.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.10% were non-families. 24.20% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.60 and the average family size was 3.06.
The county had the highest teen pregnancy rate in the state for the year 2005 as researched by the Adolescent Pregnancy Prevention Coalition of North Carolina. The rate was 110.4 per 1000 teens, significantly above the state average of 61.7 per 1000 teens.
In the county the population was spread out with 27.10% under the age of 18, 8.90% from 18 to 24, 28.80% from 25 to 44, 22.60% from 45 to 64, and 12.60% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,301, and the median income for a family was $36,389. Males had a median income of $28,284 versus $21,433 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,897. About 16.30% of families and 20.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.70% of those under age 18 and 19.30% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns[edit | edit source]
Education[edit | edit source]
- Vance County Schools 
- Vance Charter School 
- Kerr-Vance Academy 
- Crossroads Christian Academy 
- Victory Christian Academy
- Vance-Granville Community College
- Kittrell College - was a two-year historically black college located in Kittrell, North Carolina from about 1886 until 1975.
See also[edit | edit source]
References[edit | edit source]
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- Vance County government official website
- Henderson-Vance Chamber of Commerce
- Vance County Economic Development Commission
- The Daily Dispatch
- Vance County History & Genealogy
- Vance-Granville Community College
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