is a county
located in the U.S. state
of North Carolina
. As of 2000, the population was 73,143. Its county seat
The county was formed in 1764 from parts of Bladen County
and New Hanover County
. It was named for the colonial port of Brunswick Town
(now in ruins) which was itself named for Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg
; at the time held by the British
kings of the House of Hanover
Law and government
Brunswick County is a member of the regional Cape Fear Council of Governments
According to the U.S. Census Bureau
, the county has a total area of 1,050 square miles
), of which, 855 square miles (2,214 km²) of it is land and 195 square miles (506 km²) of it (18.59%) is water.
The county is divided into six townships
: Lockwoods Folly, Northwest, Shallotte, Smithville Township
, Town Creek, and Waccamaw.
As of the census
of 2000, there were 73,143 people, 30,438 households, and 22,037 families residing in the county. The population density
was 86 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 51,431 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.30% White
, 14.38% Black
or African American
, 0.68% Native American
, 0.27% Asian
, 0.04% Pacific Islander
, 1.32% from other races
, and 1.01% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population were Hispanic
of any race.
There were 30,438 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 29.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,888, and the median income for a family was $42,037. Males had a median income of $30,138 versus $22,066 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,857. About 9.50% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns