Watha, North Carolina

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Population in 2014: 228 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: +51.0%
Males: 127  (55.9%)
Females: 101  (44.1%)
Median resident age:  54.6 years
North Carolina median age:  38.4 years

Zip code: 28478

Estimated median household income in 2015: $38,908 (it was $37,500 in 2000)
Watha:

$38,908
NC:

$47,830

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $18,224 (it was $15,654 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $111,315 (it was $82,500 in 2000)
Watha:

$111,315
NC:

$160,100

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $117,529; Detached houses: $151,561; Mobile homes: $35,761

Median gross rent in 2015: $692.

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    • 15883.2%White alone
    • 157.9%Black alone
    • 147.4%Hispanic
    • 21.1%Two or more races
    • 10.5%American Indian alone
Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Watha: 81.4 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (22.2%), English (20.0%), German (18.5%), Irish (3.7%), Scotch-Irish (3.0%), Scottish (2.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 60 feet

Land area: 0.91 square miles.

Population density: 250 people per square mile   (very low).

Watha, North Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Watha:

  • High school or higher: 69.1%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 2.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 0.0%
  • Unemployed: 14.9%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 36.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Watha town:

  • Never married: 22.8%
  • Now married: 56.2%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 7.7%
  • Divorced: 13.3%

1 residents are foreign born

This town:

0.7%
North Carolina:

5.3%



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists there were 3 registered sex offenders living in Watha, North Carolina as of November 24, 2017.
The ratio of number of residents in Watha to the number of sex offenders is 72 to 1.


Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $819 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $461 (0.6%)

Watha satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Wilmington, NC (29.1 miles , pop. 75,838).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Raleigh, NC (90.0 miles , pop. 276,093).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (401.5 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Burgaw, NC (2.6 miles ), Wallace, NC (2.6 miles ), Teachey, NC (3.0 miles ), St. Helena, NC (3.1 miles ), Greenevers, NC (3.5 miles ), Rose Hill, NC (3.6 miles ), Atkinson, NC (3.8 miles ), Harrells, NC (3.8 miles) .

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 2 buildings, average cost: $66,500
  • 2001: 4 buildings, average cost: $91,800
  • 2002: 3 buildings, average cost: $83,400
  • 2003: 2 buildings, average cost: $87,600
  • 2004: 3 buildings, average cost: $89,200
  • 2005: 5 buildings, average cost: $152,800
  • 2006: 5 buildings, average cost: $163,000
  • 2007: 11 buildings, average cost: $181,300
  • 2008: 5 buildings, average cost: $218,000
  • 2009: 5 buildings, average cost: $190,000
  • 2010: 6 buildings, average cost: $216,700
  • 2011: 3 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2013: 2 buildings, average cost: $139,500

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Latitude: 34.64 N, Longitude: 77.96 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 910

Watha household income distribution Watha home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.7%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: -13 (-7.9%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (26%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (21%)
  • Transportation and warehousing (14%)
  • Wholesale trade (12%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Retail trade (9%)
  • Educational services (5%)
  • Retail trade (46%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (13%)
  • Manufacturing (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (9%)
  • Finance and insurance (4%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (4%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (16%)
  • Farming, fishing, and forestry occupations (14%)
  • Transportation occupations (14%)
  • Material moving occupations (12%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Personal care and service occupations (7%)
  • Sales and related occupations (35%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Arts, design, entertainment, sports, and media occupations (13%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (4%)
  • Law enforcement workers including supervisors (4%)

Average climate in Watha, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Watha-area historical tornado activity is near North Carolina state average. It is 3% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/28/1984, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 32.6 miles away from the Watha town center killed 3 people and injured 149 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

On 4/8/1957, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 14.6 miles away from the town center injured 29 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Watha-area historical earthquake activity is slightly below North Carolina state average. It is 90% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 174.0 miles away from the city center
On 8/21/1992 at 16:31:55, a magnitude 4.4 (4.1 MB, 4.1 LG, 4.4 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 165.6 miles away from Watha center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 264.1 miles away from the city center
On 12/9/2003 at 20:59:14, a magnitude 4.5 (4.5 MB, 4.5 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi) earthquake occurred 203.7 miles away from the city center
On 11/11/2002 at 23:39:29, a magnitude 4.4 (4.0 MB, 4.4 LG, Depth: 1.5 mi) earthquake occurred 192.1 miles away from Watha center
On 8/6/1994 at 19:54:09, a magnitude 3.8 (3.6 LG, 3.8 LG, Depth: 3.1 mi, Class: Light, Intensity: II - III) earthquake occurred 74.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Pender County (18) is greater than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 8

Causes of natural disasters: Hurricanes: 16, Flood: 1, Snowfall: 1, Storm: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Watha topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Watha:

  • BRIAN CTR HLTH AND REHABILITATIO (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; WALLACE, NC)
  • PENDER MEMORIAL HOSP SNF (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BURGAW, NC)
  • HUNTINGTON HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 7 miles away; BURGAW, NC)
  • SOUTHEASTERN DIALYSIS BURGAW (Dialysis Facility, about 8 miles away; BURGAW, NC)

Amtrak station near Watha:

  • 8 miles: WALLACE (600 N. NORWOOD ST.) - Bus Station . Services: public payphones.

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Watha:

  • Cape Fear Community College (about 28 miles; Wilmington, NC; Full-time enrollment: 8,372)
  • Miller-Motte College-Wilmington (about 30 miles; Wilmington, NC; FT enrollment: 2,395)
  • University of North Carolina Wilmington (about 30 miles; Wilmington, NC; FT enrollment: 13,112)
  • Coastal Carolina Community College (about 35 miles; Jacksonville, NC; FT enrollment: 4,502)
  • Mount Olive College (about 40 miles; Mount Olive, NC; FT enrollment: 3,097)
  • Lenoir Community College (about 47 miles; Kinston, NC; FT enrollment: 2,555)
  • Wayne Community College (about 53 miles; Goldsboro, NC; FT enrollment: 3,174)

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Pender County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level less than 2 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Low Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 65.9. This is about average.

City:

65.9
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2005 was 2.27. This is about average. Closest monitor was 6.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

2.27
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 26.6. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 20.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.6
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2010 was 12.8. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 20.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

12.8
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 9.93. This is about average. Closest monitor was 20.5 miles away from the city center.

City:

9.93
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 16.7%
(16.1% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 50.0% for Black residents)
Average household size:
This town:  2.5 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:  63.2%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:  6.6%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 2.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 1.3% of all households

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

9.1
North Carolina average:

12.2

Watha travel time to work - commute Watha mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Watha town (based on Pender County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,55751
Mainline Protestant4,52920
Black Protestant2,12822
Catholic2,0083
Other7423
Orthodox--
None33,253-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 7
Pender County:

1.41 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Pender County:

0.20 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
Pender County:

4.02 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 28
Here:

5.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

11.2%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Pender County:

28.7%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

20.3%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Watha:

45.5%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
This city:

38.0%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Here:

28.5
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Here:

23.4%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Watha:

11.2%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Watha:

6.8
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Here:

34.1%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Watha:

48.1%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

73.5%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Watha, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll

Watha government finances - Expenditure in 2002 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - General Public Buildings: $15,000 ($65.79)
    Central Staff Services: $13,000 ($57.02)
    Regular Highways: $12,000 ($52.63)
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $3,000 ($13.16)

Watha government finances - Revenue in 2002 (per resident):

  • Local Intergovernmental - General Support: $19,000 ($83.33)
  • Miscellaneous - Interest Earnings: $1,000 ($4.39)
    Rents: $1,000 ($4.39)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $4,000 ($17.54)
    General Support: $2,000 ($8.77)
  • Tax - Property: $2,000 ($8.77)
    NEC: $1,000 ($4.39)

Watha government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $40,000 ($175.44)

9.78% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($40,916 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

9.78%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

0.07% of residents moved from foreign countries ($278 average AGI)
Pender County:

0.07%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from New Hanover County, NC  3.03% ($36,765 average AGI)
from Onslow County, NC  1.27% ($39,027)
from Duplin County, NC  0.35% ($27,164)


8.59% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,549 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

8.59%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

0.08% of residents moved to foreign countries ($390 average AGI)
Pender County:

0.08%
North Carolina average:

0.10%

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to New Hanover County, NC  2.77% ($29,777 average AGI)
to Onslow County, NC  0.88% ($34,473)
to Brunswick County, NC  0.43% ($31,192)

Strongest AM radio stations in Watha:

  • WSMO (1120 AM; 20 kW; CAMP LEJEUNE, NC; Owner: CTC MEDIA GROUP, INC.)
  • WPTF (680 AM; 50 kW; RALEIGH, NC; Owner: FIRST STATE COMMUNICATIONS)
  • WVBS (1470 AM; 1 kW; BURGAW, NC; Owner: GRACE CHRISTIAN SCHOOL)
  • WMYT (1180 AM; daytime; 10 kW; CAROLINA BEACH, NC; Owner: FAMILY RADIO NETWORK, INC.)
  • WAAV (980 AM; 5 kW; LELAND, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WSTK (910 AM; 5 kW; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: EASTERN BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WDJS (1430 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT OLIVE, NC; Owner: MOUNT OLIVE BROADCASTING CO.)
  • WFNC (640 AM; 10 kW; FAYETTEVILLE, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WCLN (1170 AM; daytime; 5 kW; CLINTON, NC; Owner: BROADCASTING GOOD NEWS, INC.)
  • WFTK (1030 AM; daytime; 50 kW; WAKE FOREST, NC; Owner: POSITIVE RADIO GROUP, INC.)
  • WJCV (1290 AM; 5 kW; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: DOWN EAST BROADCASTING CO INC.)
  • WCKB (780 AM; 7 kW; DUNN, NC; Owner: NORTH CAROLINA CENTRAL BROADCASTERS, INC.)
  • WBLA (1440 AM; 5 kW; ELIZABETHTOWN, NC; Owner: SOUND BUSINESS OF ELIZABETHTOWN, INC)

Strongest FM radio stations in Watha:

  • WKXB (99.9 FM; BURGAW, NC; Owner: SEA-COMM, INC.)
  • WZKB (94.3 FM; WALLACE, NC; Owner: JG & J BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WHQR (91.3 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: FRIENDS OF PUBLIC RADIO, INC.)
  • WMNX (97.3 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WKOO (98.7 FM; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WRNS-FM (95.1 FM; KINSTON, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WXQR-FM (105.5 FM; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WQSL (92.3 FM; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WERO (93.3 FM; WASHINGTON, NC; Owner: NM LICENSING, LLC)
  • WGNI (102.7 FM; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: CUMULUS LICENSING CORP.)
  • WBNE (93.7 FM; WRIGHTSVILLE BEACH, NC; Owner: SEA-COMM, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Watha:

  • WECT (Channel 6; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: RAYCOM AMERICA, INC.)
  • WUNJ-TV (Channel 39; WILMINGTON, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCTI-TV (Channel 12; NEW BERN, NC; Owner: EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WITN-TV (Channel 7; WASHINGTON, NC; Owner: WITN LICENSEE CORP.)
  • WNCT-TV (Channel 9; GREENVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WUNM-TV (Channel 19; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WPXU-TV (Channel 35; JACKSONVILLE, NC; Owner: PAXSON JACKSONVILLE LICENSE, INC.)

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

7
  • Call Sign: KA4PBB, Grant Date: 06/30/1995, Expiration Date: 06/30/2005, Cancellation Date: 07/01/2007, Registrant: John A Mousmoules, 1431 Old Anderson Store Rd, Watha, NC 28471
  • Call Sign: KB4LUD, Grant Date: 09/12/1994, Expiration Date: 09/12/2004, Cancellation Date: 09/13/2006, Registrant: Philip R Rivenbark, 3822 Coras Grove Rd, Watha, NC 28471
  • Call Sign: KD4JRX, Licensee ID: L00134960, Grant Date: 11/14/2011, Expiration Date: 02/04/2022, Certifier: Ricky R Tharrington, Registrant: Ricky R Tharrington, 6357 Horse Branch Road, Watha, NC 28478
  • Call Sign: KD4YLJ, Licensee ID: L00225226, Grant Date: 01/22/2013, Expiration Date: 04/20/2023, Certifier: Cynthia E Plante, Registrant: Cynthia E Plante, 100 Liberty Road, Watha, NC 28478-4492
  • Call Sign: WB3HQR, Licensee ID: L01314081, Grant Date: 08/15/2007, Expiration Date: 08/15/2017, Cancellation Date: 03/28/2008, Certifier: Jay L Barton, Registrant: Jay L Barton, 1124 Pope Rd, Watha, NC 28478
  • Call Sign: N3QH, Previous Call Sign: WB3HQR, Licensee ID: L01314081, Grant Date: 03/28/2008, Expiration Date: 03/28/2018, Certifier: Jay L Barton, Registrant: Jay L Barton, 1124 Pope Rd, Watha, NC 28478
  • Call Sign: KK4JLN, Licensee ID: L01712225, Grant Date: 05/23/2012, Expiration Date: 05/23/2022, Certifier: Alan E Benton, Registrant: Alan E Benton, 1227 Van Eden Rd, Watha, NC 28478

Home Mortgage Disclosure Act Aggregated Statistics For Year 2007
(Based on 1 partial tract)
C) Refinancings
NumberAverage Value
LOANS ORIGINATED1$62,730
APPLICATIONS APPROVED, NOT ACCEPTED0$0
APPLICATIONS DENIED1$56,100
APPLICATIONS WITHDRAWN0$0
FILES CLOSED FOR INCOMPLETENESS0$0
Choose year:  2007 2006 2005 2004

Detailed HMDA statistics for the following Tracts: 9803.00

Drinking water stations with addresses in Watha and their reported violations in the past:

SHILOH BAPTIST CHURCH (Population served: 75, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
  • One regular monitoring violation

Drinking water stations with addresses in Watha that have no violations reported:

  • PARKERS BBQ & CATERING (Population served: 100, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (64%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (33%)
  • Utility gas (2%)

Watha compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Black race population percentage below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age significantly above state average.
  • Number of college students below state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly below state average.
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