Cerro Gordo, NC

Cerro Gordo, situated in Columbus County, is a small town made up of 0.8 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Cerro Gordo, NC

June 16, 2018


The median resident age in Cerro Gordo is 31 years. The median estimated household income is about $31,000 making it about $14,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $18,000. The average price for a home in Cerro Gordo is about $93,000 (2013) which is $62,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $670 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Cerro Gordo is 77% White, 11% Black, 6% American Indian, and 6% other. 82% of the population are high school graduates, with 19% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 14% are divorced, 1% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 36% that have never been married.

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Columbus County

Cerro Gordo belongs to Columbus County in the southern part of North Carolina. The county was named after Christopher Columbus, and was formed from parts of Brunswick and Bladen counties. Columbus County has a population of 58,000 and its largest city Whiteville, with a population of 5,400, is the county seat.

State and Federal Investigations started Operation Gateway US in 1983, an investigation into the actions of many of the elected officials in Columbus and Brunswick counties. They arrested several affluential residents, and confiscated 37 million dollars of illegal drugs. In the news the scandal was referred to as "COLCOR"; meaning Columbus Corruption.

Columbus County borders Robeson, Horry (South Carolina), Brunswick, Pender, and Bladen counties.

Columbus County is made up of 954 square miles. 937 of which is land with the remaining 17 as water.


The population of Cerro Gordo, NC is about 200. The population has remained between 100 and 400 since the town was founded.


The elevation of Cerro Gordo, NC is 89 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Cerro Gordo, NC is 28430.

Area Code

The area code for Cerro Gordo, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Cerro Gordo and Columbus County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 46% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 52% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Cerro Gordo is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Agriculture/forestry, manufacturing, and public administration make more than 60% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The News Reporter is the primary newspaper that covers the Columbus County area.