2020 CENSUS PUTS
JOHNSTON AT 215,999,
UP 27.9% SINCE 2010
The U.S. Census Bureau reports the population of Johnston County measured by the official 10-year count on April 1 last year has reached 215,999 --- a gain of 47,121 residents since the 2010 Census. That's an increase of 27.9%, the highest rate of growth in North Carolina over the past decade. The state's 2020 population was measured at 10,439,388 --- a gain of 9.5% since 2010.

SMITHFIELD AND SELMA
SHOW MODEST GAINS
Smithfield's 2020 population came in at 11,292 up just 326 since 2010 while Selma added 244 residents to reach 6,317. View more Census data about Smithfield, Selma, Johnston County, and North Carolina as a whole>

FOR LOCAL NEWS UPDATED DAILY, check out the JoCo Report (a.k.a. "Johnston County Report).

LOCAL OBITUARIES
Links to funeral homes posting obituaries online:
Parrish & Underwood
Sanders Funeral Home
Walter Sanders F.H.

WEATHER DATA
Temperature and conditions at Johnston Regional Airport

Regional radar from weather.com

Neuse River depth at Smithfield from National Weather Service (current readings, predicted levels, historical high marks)

Review all sorts of historical weather statistics for Smithfield>

ALMANAC
View today's times of sunrise, sunset (plus moonrise, moonset) from the Farmers Almanac>

Next full moon:
September 20 @ 7: 54 p.m.


AUTUMN
arrives:
September 22 @ 3:21 p.m.

OFFICIAL TIME
Set your clock according to the National Institute of Standards and Technology>







WEST SMITHFIELD'S AMAZON DISTRIBUTION CENTER

The 620,000-square-foot import processing facility under construction off US 70 Business West is expected to be in operation in 2022 with employment reaching 500 in 2023. Amazon promises wages starting at $15 an hour. (Photo from Johnston County Economic Development Office)


TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
BUDGET resolution adopted for 2021-22
Highlights of recent board meetings
Minutes of board meetings

JOHNSTON COUNTY BOARD OF EDUCATION
Meeting agendas and minutes
 
Annual BUDGETS going back several years

SMITHFIELD TOWN COUNCIL
Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2021-22

SELMA TOWN COUNCIL

Meeting agendas and minutes
  BUDGET for FY 2021-22
JULY EMPLOYMENT UP,
JOBLESS RATE DOWN
Johnston County's jobless rate declined from 4.4% in June to 4.1% in July as the number of Johnstonians employed rose from 97,039 to 97,935 while the number filing for unemployment benefits dropped from 4,415 to 4,156. The July jobless rate was half the month's rate of 8.0% a year ago when 7,596 Johnstonians were looking for work.
Get more news and stats from NCDC>

RETAIL SALES UP 27.7%
IN 1st QUARTER OF '21
According to the N.C. Dept. of Revenue, taxable retail sales of $613,775,236 in Johnston County January through March were 27.7% higher than $480,717,651 reported for the first quarter of 2020. Get more reports from NCDR>

JOHNSTON RANKS 4th
IN CASH FROM CROPS
Local farmers garnered cash income of $105.6 million in 2019 --- down from $115.7 million in 2018. That ranks us 4th among the state's 100 counties, according to the latest report from the N.C. Department of Agriculture and Consumer Services. We rank 28th in livestock, dairy, and poultry production at $87.3 million.
Here's the latest report for all of the state's counties>

MORE ECONOMIC DATA
ABOUT JOHNSTON CO.
Visit the website of the county's Economic Development Office>

AMTRAK STOPS HERE Here's information about passenger trains that serve Selma Union Station>

THINGS TO SEE & DO
Check out this rundown of upcoming cultural events compiled by the Johnston County Visitors Bureau.

SMITHFIELD-SELMA MAP

Open an interactive Google map of our area>
a Hometown Heritage site:
updated 9-19-21
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter