Whiteville, situated in Columbus County, is a city made up of 5.4 square miles.
January 22, 2017
The town was founded in the early 1800s and was named in honor of James B. White. The city was home to a shortly lived minor league baseball team in the early 1950s.
The median resident age in Whiteville is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $25,000 making it about $23,000 less than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Whiteville is about $100,000 (2015) which is $60,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Whiteville is 47% White, 37% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 14% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.
41% are married, 14% are divorced, 6% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.
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Whiteville 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 Whiteville, NC is about 5,400. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.
The elevation of Whiteville, NC is 101 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Whiteville, NC is 28472.
The area code for Whiteville, NC is 910.
Historically speaking Whiteville and Columbus County have voted mostly Republican, with 54% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections.
As of 2010, 42% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 56% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.
The unemployment rate for Whiteville is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Administration, personal care, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The Columbus Times is the primary newspaper that covers the Columbus County area.