is a census-designated place
(CDP) in Onslow County
, North Carolina
, United States
. It is part of the Jacksonville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area
. In 2003, the estimated population was 2,248.
Sneads Ferry is located at (34.551958, -77.386588).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.8 square miles (15.1 km²), of which, 3.8 square miles (9.7 km²) of it is land and 2.1 square miles (5.4 km²) of it (35.79%) is water.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 2,248 people, 960 households, and 650 families residing in the CDP. The population density
was 598.2 people per square mile (230.8/km²). There were 1,331 housing units at an average density of 354.2/sq mi (136.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 90.97% White
, 5.12% African American
, 0.53% Native American
, 0.93% Asian
, 0.09% Pacific Islander
, 0.71% from other races
, and 1.65% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 1.69% of the population.
There were 960 households out of which 24.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.1% were married couples living together, 8.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.2% were non-families. 26.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.34 and the average family size was 2.78.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 20.7% under the age of 18, 9.4% from 18 to 24, 29.5% from 25 to 44, 25.6% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 104.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 102.0 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $34,509, and the median income for a family was $37,765. Males had a median income of $30,625 versus $28,542 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $16,355. About 11.7% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under age 18 and 3.9% of those age 65 or over.
In 1728, Edmund Ennett established a ferry
at the site of what is today known as Sneads Ferry. It became a key element in the Post road
linking Suffolk, Virginia
with Charleston, South Carolina
. By 1759, two ferries operated there, one from each bank of New River
. Robert Snead was the proprietor of the ferry on the north shore, and the community that developed on the banks of the crossing site became known as "Sneads Ferry." Caroline Pearson propelled the ferry until it was replaced with a bridge in 1939. The village is heavily dependent on the seafood industry. The village annually catches over 385 tons of shrimp
, 25 tons of flounder
, and approximately 493 tons of other seafood like clams
, soft shell and hard shell crabs
, sea bass
, and more. The town holds an annual Shrimp Festival to honor the local seafood industry.