Turkey, situated in Sampson County, is a small town made up of .4 square miles.
November 3, 2017
Turkey used to be called Springville.
The median resident age in Turkey is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $43,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Turkey is about $98,000 (2015) which is $62,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Turkey is 53% White, 26% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 20% other. 76% of the population are high school graduates, with 4% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 47% are married, 16% are divorced, 0% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.
Turkey belongs to Sampson County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County was named after John Sampson and was established in 1784 with land taken from Duplin County. Immigrants from North Ireland settled in the area as early as the 1730's under protection of Henry McCulloch (a rich merchant from London). Land grants of around 71,000 acres were given to McCullogh by the British Empire in 1745. One of the early settlers was John Sampson. Samson's suspected step-son, Richard Clinton, formed a militia in 1776 and defended Wilmington against the British. Richard represented Duplin County until the formation of Sampson County. Clinton assured the passage of the act to make the new county and named the new county "Sampson" for his stepfather John.
Sampson County has a population of 63,000 and its largest city Clinton, with a population of 8,700, is the county seat.
Sampson County borders Washington, Pamlico, Hyde, Craven, Martin, and Pitt Counties.
Sampson County is made up of nearly 947 square miles. 945 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.
The population of Turkey, NC is about 290. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.
The elevation of Turkey, NC is 144 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Turkey, NC is 28393.
The area code for Turkey, NC is 910.
Historically speaking Turkey and Sampson County have voted mostly Republican, with 55% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 44% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 50% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 6%.
The unemployment rate for Turkey is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Forestry, manufacturing, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Sampson Independent is the primary newspaper that covers the Sampson County area.