is a town in Washington County
, North Carolina
, United States
. The population was 278 at the 2000 census.
Creswell is located at (35.870190, -76.393791).
The town is located in the North Carolina Inner Banks on the north-central portion of the Albemarle-Pamlico Peninsula, and along the western edge of the southern portions of the Scuppernong River.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 278 people, 118 households, and 86 families residing in the town. The population density was 666.0 people per square mile (255.6/km²). There were 141 housing units at an average density of 337.8/sq mi (129.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 50.00% White, 39.93% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 1.80% Pacific Islander, 4.68% from other races, and 2.88% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.83% of the population.
There were 118 households out of which 28.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.7% were married couples living together, 27.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.1% were non-families. 24.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 13.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.77.
In the town the population was spread out with 22.3% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 19.1% from 25 to 44, 24.1% from 45 to 64, and 24.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 78.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $20,833, and the median income for a family was $23,750. Males had a median income of $25,000 versus $16,500 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,769. About 18.3% of families and 26.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 41.1% of those under the age of eighteen and 20.3% of those sixty five or over.
Creswell was incorporated in 1874
, and named for John Angel James Creswell
, the United States Postmaster General
at that time. The structures in downtown Creswell are some of North Carolina's best remaining examples of downtown architecture from the late 1800s.
Highways and Roads
The town can be accessed from the east or west by U.S. Highway 64
, and from the north or south by North Carolina Highway 94
Creswell is within of these destinations:
- - Columbia, North Carolina
- - Edenton, North Carolina
- - Plymouth, North Carolina
- - Williamston, North Carolina
- - Elizabeth City, North Carolina
- - Manteo, North Carolina
- - Nags Head, North Carolina
- - Washington, North Carolina
- - Greenville, North Carolina
- - Norfolk, Virginia
- - Virginia Beach, Virginia
- - Raleigh, North Carolina
- - Richmond, Virginia
- - Durham, North Carolina
- - Wilmington, North Carolina
- - Greensboro, North Carolina
- - Winston-Salem, North Carolina
- - Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
- - Washington, DC
- - Roanoke, Virginia
- - Dover, Delaware
- - Charlotte, North Carolina
- - Baltimore, Maryland
- - Atlantic City, New Jersey
Air travel is best served through the Norfolk International Airport
(ORF) in Norfolk, Virginia or the Pitt-Greenville Airport
(PGV) in Greenville, North Carolina
The Mayor of Creswell is W. J. "Bill" White, Jr. (Democrat
Elected members to the Town Council:
- Syble J. Spruill (Democrat)
- Gerald Woodley (Democrat)
- Ann Cheryl Swain
- J.D Melton
Creswell is served in the North Carolina General Assembly
by State Senator Marc Basnight
) and State Representative Tim Spear (Democrat
The town is also served in the United States Congress
by U.S. Senator Richard Burr
), U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole
) and U.S. Representative G.K. Butterfield
The Town of Creswell is aligned with a group called North Carolinians Opposed to the Outlying Landing Field. This group opposes a United States Navy
proposal to construct an Outlying Landing Field
near the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge
in Washington County, North Carolina
The town symbol, an artesian well hand-pump, can be found on Main Street in heart of downtown.
- J. Johnston Pettigrew
- North Carolina State Representative Tim Spear
- Cory Furlough, North Carolina Press Association Award winning photographer and photojournalist
There is only one public school serving the Town of Creswell, Creswell High School. The school's mascot is a Tiger. The Creswell High School Tigers advanced to the 1983 NCHSAA Division I-A Championship game in football. They were defeated by Robbinsville High School. The Creswell High School Tigers compete in the North Carolina High School Athletic Association's 1-A Division, and are members of the Tideland Athletic Conference.
Creswell is served by the weekly Roanoke Beacon
newspaper from Plymouth, NC
, and the daily Washington Daily News
from Washington, NC
Creswell is part of the Greenville
-Morehead City market
, which is the 107th largest in 2006
, according to Nielsen Media Research
. Broadcast television stations serving the market include:
- WUND-TV the (2) Edenton PBS affiliate, (part of the UNC-TV Network)
- WITN-TV the (7) Washington/Greenville/New Bern NBC affiliate
- WFXI-TV the (8) Morehead City Fox affiliate
- WNCT-TV the (9) Greenville CBS affiliate
- WCTI-TV the (12) New Bern ABC affiliate