JOHNSTON COUNTY
HAS 209,339 RESIDENTS

The latest U.S. Census estimate for Johnston County is 209,339 residents as of July 1, 2019. That's a gain of more than 40,000 since the 2010 Census, putting Johnston's 24% increase among the highest rates of growth in the state. The latest estimate for North Carolina as a whole is 10,488,084 --- a gain of 10% since 2010.

SMITHFIELD'S CENSUS
ESTIMATE: 12,985

The 2019 population estimate for the town of Smithfield is a gain of 2,019 residents since the 2010 Census. Selma's estimated 2019 population is 7,101 --- up from 6,073 in 2010. 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:
June 24 @ 2:40 p.m.


SUMMER
arrives:
June 20 @ 11:32 p.m.

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







SMITHFIELD OPENS AN OUTDOOR "SPLASH PAD"

Built on the former site of the town's swimming pool across from Smith-Collins Park, the facility is open free of charge (without supervision) during summertime daylight hours seven days a week. It's activated by a motion detector that keeps the water spraying for 10 minutes at a time.

TRACKING OUR LOCAL GOVERNING BOARDS

JOHNSTON COUNTY COMMISSIONERS
Agendas for upcoming meetings
Proposed BUDGET 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 2020-21
JOBLESS RATE DOWN
TO 3.8% IN APRIL
Johnston County's jobless rate dropped to 3.8% in April as the number of Johnstonians employed rose from 96,212 in March to 96, 578 in April while the number unemployed declined from 4,069. to 3,779. Before the coronavirus pandemic, we had a jobless rate of 3.4% in February 2020 when 98,379 Johnstonians held jobs.The county's unemployment rate soared to 11.1% in April 2020 following the shutdown of many businesses and services.
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 6-17-21
E-mail the editor:
Wingate Lassiter