Kelford, NC

Kelford, situated in Bertie County, is a small town made up only half a square mile.

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The median resident age in Kelford is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $22,000 making it about $26,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $13,000. The average price for a home in Kelford is about $65,000 (2015) which is $95,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Kelford is 23% White, 76% Black, and 1% Two or more races. 65% of the population are high school graduates, with 6% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 24% are married, 20% are divorced, 4% are separated, 15% are widowed, leaving 37% that have never been married.

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Bertie County

Kelford belongs to Bertie County in the north-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, previously known as Bertie Precinct (1712),was named after either James Bertie or his brother Henry Bertie. In 1759, Hertford county was formed from parts of Northampton, Edgecombe, and Bertie counties; thus Bertie county was decreased to its current size. Bertie County has a population of 21,000 and its largest city Windsor, with a population of 3,600, is the county seat.

Bertie County borders Northampton, Halifax, Chowan, Martin, Washington, and Hertford Counties.

Bertie County is made up of 741 square miles. 699 of which is land with the remaining 42 as water.


The population of Kelford, NC is about 250. The population had been steadily decreasing since the 1930s, but has been increasing since the 1990s.


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

Zip Code

The zip code for Kelford, NC is 27847.

Area Code

The area code for Kelford, NC is 252.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Kelford and Bertie County have voted mostly Democrat, with 66% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 62% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 37% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Kelford is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Retail, manufacturing, and social assistance make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Roanoke-Chowan News-Herald, The Roanoke Beacon, and The Bertie Lodge-Advance are the primary newspapers that cover the Bertie County area.


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