Bear Grass, situated in Martin County, is a small town made up of less than 1 square mile.
August 5, 2016
Bear Grass is a very small town made up of around 70 people, and only consists of one stop light. The town, formerly known as the "Moonshine capital of the world", raised in popularity in times when it was against the law to indulge in alcohol. Although many of the residents work outside of the Bear Grass in the bigger cities; they still decide to live inside the town.
Bear Grass is home to the Deadwood Western Theme Park which includes: a steak restaurant, a put put course, a train ride, a saloon/dance hall, and even a roller coaster. And on the weekends some local bands show up to play at this family owned business.
Early colonists of the area now known as Bear grass were farmers; many of which produced shingles, tar, and turpentine from the local forests. In 1828, the Bear Grass Primitive Baptist Church was formed and a public school emerged in the 1860's. A general store opened in 1880, and in 1885, the post office opened. The town was incorporated in 1909.
The median resident age in Bear Grass is 33 years. The median estimated household income is about $45,000 making it right at the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $15,000. The average price for a home in Bear Grass is about $113,000 (2013) which is $42,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $1000 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Bear Grass is 88% White, 8% Black, and 4% two or more races. 97% of the population are high school graduates, with 20% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 40% are married, 23% are divorced, 16% are widowed, leaving 21% that have never been married.
Bear Grass belongs to Martin County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The county was named after Josiah Martin (last royal governor of North Carolina), and was formed from parts of Tyrrell and Halifax counties. Martin County has a population of 24,500 and it's largest city Williamston, with a population of 5,500, is the county seat. The Martin County Courthouse is registered on the National Register of Historic Places.
Martin County borders Halifax, Edgecombe, Bertie, Pitt, Washington, and Beaufort Counties.
Martin County is made up of 462 square miles. 461 of which is land with the remaining one square mile as water.
The Population of Bear Grass, NC is about 70.
The elevation of Bear Grass, NC is 56 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Bear Grass, NC is 27892.
The area code for Bear Grass, NC is 252.
Bear Grass and Martin County have voted mostly Democrat, with the last three out of five Presidential Elections going to the Democrats. In the 2012 Presidential Election 51% went to Barrack Obama.
As of 2010, 50% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 49% are protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.
The unemployment rate for Bear Grass is around 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Retail and educational services make up more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.