Pitt County is a county located in the U.S. State of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 133,798. Its county seat is Greenville6.
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The county was formed in 1760 from Beaufort County, though the legislative act that created it did not become effective until January 1, 1761. It was named for William Pitt the Elder, who was then Secretary of State for the Southern Department and Leader of the House of Commons.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,696 km² (655 mi²). 1,688 km² (652 mi²) of it is land and 8 km² (3 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.49% water.
The county is divided into fifteen townships: Arthur, Ayden, Belvoir, Bethel, Carolina, Chicod, Falkland, Farmville, Fountain, Greenville, Grifton, Grimesland, Pactolus, Swift Creek, and Winterville.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 133,798 people, 52,539 households, and 32,258 families residing in the county. The population density is 79/km² (205/mi²). There are 58,408 housing units at an average density of 35/km² (90/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 62.08% White, 33.65% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 1.08% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.80% from other races, and 1.09% from two or more races. 3.15% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 52,539 households out of which 29.90% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.40% are married couples living together, 14.40% have a female householder with no husband present, and 38.60% are non-families. 28.30% of all households are made up of individuals and 7.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.43 and the average family size is 3.02.
In the county the population is spread out with 23.60% under the age of 18, 17.50% from 18 to 24, 29.90% from 25 to 44, 19.40% from 45 to 64, and 9.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 30 years. For every 100 females there are 90.20 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.40 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $32,868, and the median income for a family is $43,971. Males have a median income of $31,962 versus $25,290 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,243. 20.30% of the population and 13.50% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 21.60% are under the age of 18 and 20.20% are 65 or older.