Introduction to Smithfield, North Carolina

Smithfield, North Carolina is 24 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina.It is in Johnston county. The town is part of the Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area. The population of Smithfield is 11,510.

Smithfield History

Smithfield was officially incorporated in 1777. It was founded by John Smith, a native of Virginia. The town was also named after its founder. However, the area was originally known as Smith’s Ferry. It became the county seat of Johnston County in 1771. Smithfield is the hometown of Ava Gardner, the Academy Award-nominated American actress who is also known as one of the greatest stars of the American Film Institute.

Smithfield and nearby Attractions

  • Ava Gardner Museum
  • Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
  • North Carolina State Museum of Natural Sciences
  • Marbles Kids Museum
  • Hemlock Bluffs Nature Preserve
  • William B. Umstead State Park

Things To Do In Smithfield

While in Smithfield you can visit the Ava Gardner Museum, which has a great collection of personal belongings of Ava Lavinia Gardner, a legendary American actress. One can also visit the Johnston County Heritage Center. The Country Club of Johnston County is an ideal destination for golf lovers. You can also visit the Tobacco Farm Life Museum, Bentonville Battlefield State Historic Site, and Clemmons State Educational Forest. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Rose Manor Shopping Center and Sky City Shopping Center.

Smithfield Transportation

Flights can be availed from Seymour Johnson AFB.

Smithfield Higher Education

Johnston Community College is the local college. Wake Technical Community College, Fayetteville State University, Shaw University, and many other colleges and universities also offer higher education facilities.


Total Population 11,562
Male Share of the Population 45.8%
Female Share of the Population 54.2%
Senior Citizens 23.6%
Employed Population 16+ 4,047
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 41%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 19.4%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $38,315
% Above Poverty Level 71.1%
% Below Poverty Level 28.9%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 34.3%
Median Gross Rent $714
Median House Value $127,100


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 51%
US/American 0%
English 9.7%
Irish 6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Smithfield Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 24 miles SE of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Johnston
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27577
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.508
Longitude -78.339

Smithfield Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 73 F
Annual Precip 47.4 inches
Distance 11.2 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches
Distance 23.7 miles
Jan Temp 33 to 54 F
Apr Temp 50 to 75 F
Jul Temp 71 to 91 F
Oct Temp 51 to 75 F
Annual Precip 49.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Clayton 17,869 $75,060
Four Oaks 1,900 $46,250
Micro 603 $48,750
Pine Level 1,991 $42,328
Princeton 1,310 $41,500
Selma 6,220 $23,709

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Smithfield Public Libraries

Public Library Of Johnston Cnty & Smithfield
Smithfield, North Carolina
(919) 934-8146

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Smithfield Hospitals

(Government - Local)
(919) 934-8171
Emergency Service: Yes

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Smithfield High Schools

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.1

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Student/teacher ratio: 3.5

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