Smithfield, situated in Johnston County, is a town made up of 11.4 square miles.
September 26, 2017
Smithfield was founded in the 1770s and was named in honor of John Smith.
The median resident age in Smithfield is 45 years. The median estimated household income is about $32,000 making it about $16,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Smithfield is about $130,000 (2015) which is $30,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Smithfield is 52% White, 27% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 20% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 19% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 39% are married, 17% are divorced, 3% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 29% that have never been married.
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Smithfield belongs to Johnston County in the east-central part of North Carolina. The County, named for Governor Gabriel Johnston (1734-1752) has a population of 170,000 and is part of the Raleigh Metro Area. Smithfield, with a population of 13,000 is the county seat.
Johnston County was sliced from Craven County during the 1740's. Parts of the county were taken during the 1750's and 1770's to form Bladen, Granville, Orange, and Dobbs Counties. And, during the 1850's more land was allocated to help form Wilson County.
Today, Johnston County consists of 796 square miles. 791 being land with the other four square miles making up water.
The population of Smithfield, NC is about 11,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.
The elevation of Smithfield, NC is 148 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Smithfield, NC is 27577.
The area code for Smithfield, NC is 919.
Historically speaking Smithfield and Johnston County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 33% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 3%.
The unemployment rate for Smithfield is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average.
Manufacturing, construction, and wholesale trade make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.