The Info List - Lumberton, North Carolina

Lumberton is a city in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. The population has grown to 21,542 in the 2010 census from 20,795 in the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Robeson County, the largest county in the state.[4] Lumberton, located in southern North Carolina's Inner Banks
Inner Banks
region, is located on the Lumber
River. Founded in 1787 by John Willis, an officer in the American Revolution, Lumberton was originally a shipping point for lumber used by the Navy, which was sent downriver to Georgetown, South Carolina. Most of the town's growth, however, began shortly after World War II.


1 History 2 Geography 3 Climate 4 Demographics 5 Notable people 6 Notes 7 References 8 External links

History[edit] The City
of Lumberton was created by an Act of the North Carolina General Assembly in 1787 and was named the county seat of Robeson County. Lumberton was incorporated in 1859. Robeson County
Robeson County
is located in the Coastal Plains region of southeastern North Carolina. The county was created from Bladen County
Bladen County
in 1786 by two American Revolutionary War
American Revolutionary War
heroes and residents of the area, General John Willis and Colonel Thomas Robeson. The county was named after Colonel Robeson and the land for the county seat was donated by General Willis, who is also credited with naming the county seat Lumberton. The area was a frontier destination for both white and numerous free families of color from Virginia in the late eighteenth and early nineteenth centuries. Many free blacks were descendants of white men and African women, whether slave, free or indentured, from the colonial years when working classes lived and worked near each other.[5] The County has a high proportion of Lumbee, who have been recognized as a Native American tribe by the state of North Carolina but have not been able to receive federal recognition as an Indian tribe by the US Federal government or the B.I.A. For four seasons, 1947–50, Lumberton fielded a professional minor league baseball team in the Tobacco State League. Affiliated with the Chicago Cubs, the team was known as the Lumberton Cubs in 1947 and '48, and the Lumberton Auctioneers in 1949 and '50.[6] Established in 1912, the Robeson County
Robeson County
Health Department is recognized as the oldest rural health department in the nation. Its current headquarters is on the outskirts of Lumberton.[7]

Welcome to Downtown Lumberton

In 1970, Lumberton was named an All-American City, presented by the National Civic League. It became a two-time winner in 1995 of this award which recognizes those whose citizens work together to identify and tackle community-wide challenges and achieve uncommon results. David Lynch's film Blue Velvet (1986) was set in Lumberton, though it was filmed about 70 miles (110 km) southeast in Wilmington. This situation raised some problems during filming, so Lynch filmed a small sequence in Lumberton and was subsequently allowed to use the name. In 2010, the North Carolina
North Carolina
Legislature designated Lumberton as THE FIRST Certified Retirement Community in North Carolina. This certification signals that Lumberton offers an unprecedented quality of living and range of amenities, services and opportunities which make it desirable to retirees. This program captured the Governor’s Innovative Small Business Community Award in 2011.[8] The Baker Sanatorium, Luther Henry Caldwell House, Carolina Theatre, Humphrey-Williams Plantation, Lumberton Commercial Historic District, Planters Building, Robeson County
Robeson County
Agricultural Building, Alfred Rowland House, and US Post Office-Lumberton are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9][10] Geography[edit]

North Lumberton Baptist Church, 1901 Carthage Road

Lumberton is located at 34°37′38″N 79°00′43″W / 34.627239°N 79.011947°W / 34.627239; -79.011947.[11] According to the United States Census
Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.8 square miles (40.9 km2), of which 15.7 square miles (40.7 km2) are land and 0.1 square mile (0.2 km2) (0.44%) is water. Lumberton is located on the Lumber River
Lumber River
in the state's Coastal Plains region. The Lumber River
Lumber River
State Park, 115 miles (185 km) of natural and scenic waterway, flows through Lumberton. The river was designated as a National Wild and Scenic River and is part of the North Carolina
North Carolina
Natural and Scenic River System. The Lumber River
Lumber River
has been classified as natural, scenic and recreational. Recreation includes canoeing and boating, fishing, hunting, picnicking, camping, nature study, swimming, biking, jogging, crafts and fossil and artifact hunting. Lumberton is served by Interstate 95
Interstate 95
and Interstate 74. Climate[edit]

Climate data for Lumberton, North Carolina
North Carolina
(1981–2010 normals),[a]

Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year

Average high °F (°C) 53.7 (12.1) 58 (14) 66.3 (19.1) 74.5 (23.6) 82.1 (27.8) 88.5 (31.4) 91 (33) 88.3 (31.3) 83.7 (28.7) 75.5 (24.2) 67.2 (19.6) 56.8 (13.8) 73.8 (23.2)

Average low °F (°C) 33.2 (0.7) 35.6 (2) 42 (6) 49 (9) 57.6 (14.2) 67.4 (19.7) 71.3 (21.8) 69.7 (20.9) 62.3 (16.8) 51.3 (10.7) 41.4 (5.2) 35.6 (2) 51.4 (10.8)

Average precipitation inches (mm) 2.97 (75.4) 2.90 (73.7) 3.33 (84.6) 2.82 (71.6) 3.05 (77.5) 4.34 (110.2) 5.48 (139.2) 5.5 (140) 4.8 (122) 2.57 (65.3) 2.87 (72.9) 2.89 (73.4) 43.52 (1,105.4)

Source: xmACIS2 (Monthly Climate Normals)[12]


Historical population

Census Pop.

1870 615

1880 533


1890 584


1900 849


1910 2,230


1920 2,691


1930 4,140


1940 5,803


1950 9,186


1960 15,305


1970 16,961


1980 18,241


1990 18,601


2000 20,795


2010 21,542


Est. 2016 21,499 [1] −0.2%

U.S. Decennial Census[13]

Location of the Lumberton-Laurinburg CSA and its components:   Lumberton Micropolitan Statistical Area   Laurinburg Micropolitan Statistical Area

Lumberton is the larger principal city of the Lumberton-Laurinburg CSA, a Combined Statistical Area
Combined Statistical Area
that includes the Lumberton (Robeson County) and Laurinburg (Scotland County) micropolitan areas,[14][15] which had a combined population of 159,337 at the 2000 census.[2] As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 21,542 people residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 39.0% White, 36.7% Black, 12.7% Native American, 2.4% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.1% from some other race and 2.2% from two or more races. 6.7% were Hispanic or Latino of any race. As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 20,795 people, 7,827 households and 5,165 families residing in Lumberton. The population density was 1,322.4 people per square mile (510.8/km2). There were 8,800 housing units at an average density of 559.6 per square mile (216.1/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 48.54% White, 35.44% African American, 12.79% Native American, 0.91% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 1.18% from other races and 1.11% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 3.30% of the population. Of the 7,827 households, 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them; 38.8% were married couples living together; 23.0% had a female householder with no husband present; and 34.0% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.44 and the average family size was 3.01. Children of high school age (grades 9-12) attend Lumberton High School, which is run by the Public Schools of Robeson County,[16] as it is in Robeson County. The city's population was spread out, with 26.3% under the age of 18; 9.3% from 18 to 24; 28.2% from 25 to 44; 21.3% from 45 to 64; and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 85.8 males. The median income for a household in Lumberton was $26,782, and the median income for a family was $33,839. Males had a median income of $28,903 versus $24,503 for females. The per capita income for the city was $15,504. About 23.9% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 38.4% of those under age 18 and 23.7% of those age 65 or over. Notable people[edit]

Brad Allen, NFL referee Brad Edwards (born 1966), defensive back who played for NFL's Minnesota Vikings, Washington Redskins, and Atlanta Falcons; director of athletics at George Mason University; born in Lumberton Hunter Foster
Hunter Foster
(born 1969), Tony Award-nominated actor; born in Lumberton Penny Fuller
Penny Fuller
(born 1940), film, television and Broadway actress; moved to Lumberton at age 12 Tommy Greene (born 1967), Major League Baseball pitcher, was born in Lumberton Carmen Hart, pornographic film actress and erotic dancer, was born in Lumberton Dr. Johnny Hunt, elected president of Southern Baptist Convention
Southern Baptist Convention
in 2008, was born in Lumberton Dennis F. Kinlaw, academic, president of Asbury University; author of Christian theological works Vonta Leach
Vonta Leach
(born 1981), fullback for NFL's Baltimore Ravens, was born in Lumberton Gene Locklear (born 1949), Major League Baseball outfielder, was born in Lumberton Sean Locklear
Sean Locklear
(born 1981), football offensive tackle, was born in Lumberton Dwight Lowry (1957-1997), Major League Baseball player for Detroit Tigers and Minnesota Twins, was born in Lumberton Mike McIntyre
Mike McIntyre
(born 1956), U.S. Representative of North Carolina's 7th Congressional District from 1997 to 2015; born and raised in Lumberton and practiced law in city prior to election to Congress Afeni Shakur, prominent member of Black Panther Party
Black Panther Party
and mother of rapper Tupac Shakur, was born in Lumberton John Small (1946-2012), linebacker with NFL's Atlanta Falcons
Atlanta Falcons
and Detroit Lions; was born in Lumberton Jamain Stephens (born 1974), NFL offensive tackle for Pittsburgh Steelers and Cincinnati Bengals; was born in Lumberton Donnell Thompson (born 1958), NFL defensive end, was born in Lumberton Tim Worley (born 1966), running back for Georgia Bulldogs
Georgia Bulldogs
and NFL's Pittsburgh Steelers
Pittsburgh Steelers
and Chicago Bears, was born in Lumberton


^ Mean monthly maxima and minima (i.e. the expected highest and lowest temperature readings at any point during the year or given month) calculated based on data at said location from 1981 to 2010.


^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.  ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census
Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.  ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.  ^ Paul Heinegg, Free African Americans in Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware, Baltimore, Maryland: 1995-2005 ^ Holaday, Chris (2016). "The Tobacco State League; A North Carolina Baseball History, 1946–1950". . Jefferson, N.C.: McFarland. ISBN 978-1-4766-6670-9. ^ department, health. " Robeson County
Robeson County
NC Health Department". publichealth.southernregionalahec.org. Retrieved 3 April 2018.  ^ http://www.lumberton-nc.com/about-us/ , accessed III-4-17 ^ National Park Service
National Park Service
(2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service.  ^ " National Register of Historic Places
National Register of Historic Places
Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 4/16/12 through 4/20/12. National Park Service. 2012-04-27.  ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.  ^ "NOAA 1981-2010 Climate Normals". NOAA Regional Climate Centers. Retrieved 2018-01-11.  ^ " Census
of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.  ^ MICROPOLITAN STATISTICAL AREAS AND COMPONENTS Archived 2007-06-29 at the Wayback Machine., Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-08-01. ^ COMBINED STATISTICAL AREAS AND COMPONENT CORE BASED STATISTICAL AREAS Archived 2007-06-29 at the Wayback Machine., Office of Management and Budget, 2007-05-11. Accessed 2008-08-01. ^ "Contact Us / School Contact Numbers". 

External links[edit]

Official website of Lumberton, NC Lumberton Area Chamber of Commerce Lumberton Visitors Bureau Online News for Lumberton (www.lumbertontimes.com)

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