Smithfield is a town in Johnston County, North Carolina, United States. In 2010, the estimated population was 12,965. It is the county seat of Johnston County. The city is home to the Ava Gardner Museum and is situated along the Neuse River, where visitors enjoy the annual Smithfield Ham & Yam Festival, walks along the Buffalo Creek Greenway and the historic downtown district. The town is located in North Carolina’s famed Research Triangle and is approximately 29 mi (47 km) southeast of downtown Raleigh. The Raleigh-Durham-Cary Combined Statistical area has a population of over 2 million residents.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 11.4 square miles (30 km2), of which 11.4 square miles (30 km2) is land and 0.09% is water.
The Atkinson-Smith House, Brooklyn Historic District, Downtown Smithfield Historic District, Hood Brothers Building, Hood-Strickland House, Johnston County Courthouse, North Smithfield Historic District, Smithfield Masonic Lodge, U.S. Post Office, Former, and Watson-Sanders House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
As of the census of 2000, there were 11,510 people, 4,417 households, and 2,676 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,007.6 inhabitants per square mile (389.1/km²). There were 4,674 housing units at an average density of 409.2 per square mile (158.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 62.66% White, 30.99% African American, 0.43% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 4.14% from other races, and 1.13% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.90% of the population.
There were 4,417 households out of which 26.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.1% were married couples living together, 14.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were non-families. 35.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.97.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.3% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.2% from 25 to 44, 22.9% from 45 to 64, and 18.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females there were 99.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.6 males. The median income for a household in the town was $27,813, and the median income for a family was $37,929. Males had a median income of $29,567 versus $24,440 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,012. About 14.5% of families and 20.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.1% of those under age 18 and 19.2% of those age 65 or over.
Head on over to Smithfield and try some of their world famous bbq and spend some time exploring this great NC treasure.