Grifton, North Carolina

Grifton is a town in Pitt and Lenoir counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 2,617 at the 2010 census.[5] The Pitt County portion of the town is a part of the GreenvilleMetropolitan Area located in North Carolina’s Inner Banks region.

Town in North Carolina, United States
Grifton, North Carolina

Commercial buildings along Queen Street


“The ‘Shad’ Capital of North Carolina”

“Come Home To…The Family Town!”

Location of Grifton, North Carolina


Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Lenoir, Pitt

  Mayor Billy Ray Jackson

  Total 2.73 sq mi (7.07 km2)
  Land 2.73 sq mi (7.07 km2)
  Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)

26 ft (8 m)

  Total 2,617

  Density 982.78/sq mi (379.50/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-28200[3]
GNIS feature ID 1024010[4]

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Settlement in the area dates back to 1756 when the locale was known as Peter’s Ferry. By 1764 it was known as Blount’s Ford. In the 1800s Warren Bell, Inc. operated a ferry at the location, and the town was known as Bell’s Ferry. It was incorporated under that name in 1883. The name was formally changed to Griffton six years later to honor local merchant C. M. A. Griffin. Soon thereafter it became styled as Grifton.[6]

Grifton is located on the southern edge of Pitt County at 35°22′30″N77°26′2″W (35.375129, -77.433860),[7] mostly on the northeast side of Contentnea Creek, which forms the county line. A small portion of the town is on the southwest side of the creek in Lenoir County. North Carolina Highway 11 passes just west of the town, leading north 18 miles (29 km) to Greenville, the Pitt county seat, and southwest 12 miles (19 km) to Kinston, the Lenoir county seat.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.3 km2).[8] Contentnea Creek is a southeast-flowing tributary of the Neuse River.

Historical population
Census Pop.
1890 121
1900 229 89.3%
1910 291 27.1%
1920 375 28.9%
1930 403 7.5%
1940 456 13.2%
1950 510 11.8%
1960 1,816 256.1%
1970 1,860 2.4%
1980 2,179 17.2%
1990 2,393 9.8%
2000 2,073 −13.4%
2010 2,617 26.2%
2019 (est.) 2,682 [2] 2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 2,073 people, 812 households, and 583 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,209.4 people per square mile (468.1/km2). There were 1,092 housing units at an average density of 637.1 per square mile (246.6/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 63.24% White, 33.19% African American, 0.19% Native American, 0.05% Asian, 0.24% Pacific Islander, 2.32% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 4.73% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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