Jacksonville NC is located in Onslow County...
December 15, 2015
Jacksonville NC is located in eastern North Carolina, near
the Southern portion of the state's outer banks. It is home to the
U. S. Marine Corps Base Camp Lejuene. The seat of Onslow County, the
population of Jacksonville is around 70,000.
After a 1750s hurricane wiped out Johnston, the original county seat located closer to the coast, town leaders decided to move it upstream to Wantland's Ferry. Like most towns starting out in America, a courthouse was erected. This one, and Wantland's Ferry became known as the Onslow Courthouse. Ninety years later, in 1842 it was incorporated and renamed Jacksonville, after President Andrew Jackson.
Lumber, tobacco, and turpentine continued to be the chief products for Jacksonville until the 1940s, when the marines came to town.
In 1941, Camp Lejeune Marine Corps Base was placed on 100,000 acres of land along the bank of the New River. Many families were uprooted and forced to move to make way for the new base. Some were compensated, while others were not.
With Camp Lejeune came rapid growth of Jacksonville NC, which still thrives to this day.
Medium Age: 23 (Youngest in the U.S.)
Medium Household Income: $42,000
Home Values: $166,000
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