Marching Through North Carolina: Jacksonville, NC

(Editor’s Note: Each weekday in March we will be featuring a city in North Carolina in our “Marching Through North Carolina” series aimed at getting to know your state better from the mountains to the coast. In our firm, we serve all of North Carolina and enjoy learning about what makes us the same and different throughout the Tar Heel state. If you have any tidbits or suggestions about a featured city, please leave a comment on that city or town’s blog post.)

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The Facts:
Population: 80,542
County: Onslow County

The History:
Jacksonville, named in honor of the 19th President of the United States, Andrew Jackson, was established as a city in the Tar Heel state in 1842. Much like Greenville, North Carolina, which we featured yesterday, Jacksonville was planned and eventually built next to a river. The New River served as a catalyst to the early economy in Jacksonville as agriculture and products could be shipped in and out.

In 1940, a decision was made that would forever change the look of Jacksonville and Onslow County. After viewing maps of the area, the US Government decided to build Camp Lejeune, a US military base, on 100,000 acres on the New River. The new military base boosted the population of the town two fold in a matter of days as military families moved into the area to help with war efforts. From the mid to late 1900’s, Jacksonville would see it’s population boom from approximately 16,000 to over 60,000 right before the turn of the century.

Today, Jacksonville has a population of a little over 80,000. Over time, Jacksonville has shifted from a town of imports and exports to a town which serves as a business, retail, medical, banking and cultural center for Onslow County.

Jacksonville is the home to the the oldest continuously operating USO in the world. The USO is a non-profit charitable organization which aims to serve and support America’s military and their families. For more information on the North Carolina USO and how to show your support, please view their website.

Camp Lejeune is still in operation to this day and over the years their mission has stayed the same — to maintain combat-ready units for expeditionary deployment. A special thank you from the attorneys and staff of Hardison & Cochran to all military personnel who are stationed at Camp Lejeune and surrounding military facilities for serving our country.

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