|Sampson County, North Carolina is a scenic land of gently rolling hills, fertile farmland and southern charm, found in the picturesque
Coastal Plains region of the state. The largest of
North Carolina's counties, it covers over 963 square miles, stretching sixty miles long and thirty-five miles wide. The Census 2000 population recorded just over 60,000 scattered through its eight municipalities and rural areas.
The 1997 Census of Agriculture ranked Samson County as No. 1 in production of hogs and pigs, and it is also the state's largest producer of poultry and vegetables. Settled in the 1700's by hard-working Scotch and Irish immigrants drawn by the lush cropland and abundant timber, today the county's agriculture has grown into a $357 million dollar business. With the construction of Interstates 40 and 95 through Sampson County, the region is opened to other industries. Many corporations have moved into the area, diversifying the County's economic strength.
Sampson County boasts a wonderful temperate climate, without the harshness of winter and summer extremes. Ideally located between beautiful Atlantic
beaches to the east, and the majestic
Blue Ridge Mountains to the west, Sampson County is also only one hour from the state capitol of
The county seat of
Clinton is strategically located within easy commute of the major metropolitan areas of
Goldsboro as well as Raleigh. The
Clinton-Sampson Airport services the region, as do the
CSX and Clinton Railroads. The seaports of Wilmington and
Morehead City are within easy reach, making this an ideal location for business, while retaining the advantages of small-town life. Clinton (population 8,600) has been known as the agricultural center of Sampson County. In recent years, other major industries have moved in, including Thermapane Glass Products, the Lundy Packing Company, Schindler Escalators and Kivett's Church Furniture. Employers are well satisfied with the high productivity of Clinton residents, and the levels of education provided by the Sampson Community College located here, as well as many other universities within close commute.
Sampson County History Museum exhibits the artifacts of the area's past. Sampson Centerstage for Performing Arts provides the area with a variety of cultural entertainment.
The town of
Newton Grove has a population of 600 and lies within 45 miles of both Raleigh and Fayetteville.
Roseboro has a larger population, with 1, 267 residents, and is closer to Fayetteville. The towns of
Harrell's all hold less than 500 people.
Garland's population is 808.
Other industries that have discovered the wonderful climate and productive people of Sampson County are
Cooper Kenworth and
Nestaway Storage Systems.
Sampson County, North Carolina is a rapidly changing area with a bright economic future. County residents enjoy the pleasure of rural living and tight-knit community values, while welcoming the surge of industrial growth in their region.