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Bath is a town in Beaufort Countymarker, North Carolinamarker, United Statesmarker. The population was 268 at the 2008 census. Incorporated in 1705, Bath was North Carolina's first capital and port of entry. Bath is North Carolina's oldest town, celebrating its 300th anniversary in 2005. Bath is located in North Carolina's coastal plains region.

Geography

Bath is located at (35.474437, -76.808863) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.0 square miles (2.7 km²), of which, 0.4 square miles (0.9 km²) of it is land and 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²) of it (65.71%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census of 2000, there were 275 people, 122 households, and 86 families residing in the town. The population density was 759.0 people per square mile (294.9/km²). There were 150 housing units at an average density of 414.0/sq mi (160.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.64% White, 2.91% African American, 1.09% Native American, and 0.36% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.82% of the population.

There were 122 households out of which 21.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.3% were married couples living together, 5.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.5% were non-families. 27.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.25 and the average family size was 2.73.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.6% under the age of 18, 3.3% from 18 to 24, 21.1% from 25 to 44, 32.0% from 45 to 64, and 24.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 49 years. For every 100 females there were 92.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $50,625, and the median income for a family was $58,125. Males had a median income of $45,625 versus $23,958 for females. The per capita income for the town was $23,029. About 8.0% of families and 8.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.8% of those under the age of eighteen and 11.3% of those sixty five or over.

History and Legends

Bath was the first nominal capital of North Carolina, but the colony had no permanent institutions of government until their establishment in New Bernmarker. Three subjects loom large in Bath's history. In chronological order, they are:
  • Blackbeard the pirate, who figured prominently during the town's earliest days.
  • The curse of Methodist evangelist George Whitefield.
  • Edna Ferber's novel Show Boat, and its subsequent film and Broadway adaptations. Ferber's inspiration came from her time aboard the showboat James Adams Floating Theatre when it visited Bath Creek during the spring of 1925.


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