Hertford is a very small coastal town (i.e. on the ocean, a bay, or inlet) located in the state of North Carolina. With a population of 2,148 people and two constituent neighborhoods, Hertford is the 296th largest community in North Carolina.
Unlike some towns where white-collar or blue-collar occupations dominate the local economy, Hertford is neither predominantly one nor the other. Instead, it has a mixed workforce of both white- and blue-collar jobs. Overall, Hertford is a town of service providers, professionals, and construction workers and builders. There are especially a lot of people living in Hertford who work in office and administrative support (8.74%), healthcare (8.00%), and personal care services (7.41%).
Hertford is also nautical, which means that parts of it are somewhat historic and touch the ocean or tidal bodies of water, such as inlets and bays. Quite often, nautical areas such as these attract visitors and locals who come to enjoy the scenery and various waterfront activities.
Being a small town, Hertford does not have a public transit system used by locals to get to and from work.
The percentage of people in Hertford with college degrees is quite a bit lower than the national average for cities and towns of 21.84%: just 12.98% of people over 25 have a bachelor's degree or advanced degree.
The per capita income in Hertford in 2010 was $16,759, which is lower middle income relative to North Carolina, and low income relative to the rest of the US. This equates to an annual income of $67,036 for a family of four. Hertford also has one of the higher rates of people living in poverty in the nation, with 37.61% of its population below the federal poverty line.
Hertford is an extremely ethnically-diverse town. The people who call Hertford home describe themselves as belonging to a variety of racial and ethnic groups. The greatest number of Hertford residents report their race to be White, followed by Black or African-American. Important ancestries of people in Hertford include Irish, German, French , and Scottish.
The most common language spoken in Hertford is English. Other important languages spoken here include Spanish and African languages.