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Columbus County is located in south-central North Carolina. The County Seat is Whiteville and the largest city is Whiteville. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.columbusco.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 56,953 and the 2010 census population was 58,098. The land area is 937.29 square miles and there are 62 persons per square mile.
64% of the population is White, 30.5% is Black or African American, 4.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 3.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.6% is two or more races. 79.2% have a high school degree or higher, and 12.2% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $84,500, there are 21,758 households, an average of 2.52 persons per household. The per capita income is $19,275, the median household income is $35,761, and 25% of the persons in Columbus County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 4,584. Retail sales (in $1000) were $527,600, and sales per capita were $9,769. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 26.7%.
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