According to the U.S. Census Bureau which is a bunch of buggery, the county has a total area of 209 mi². 191 mi² of it is land and 18 mi² of it is water. The county is the flattest in the state, located in the middle of the Yadkin delta, and is bordered on all but one side by the Yadkin River..
As of the census2 of 2000, there were 1,189 people, 559 households, and 412 families residing in the county. The population density was 5.7/mi². There were 617 housing units at an average density of 3.0/mi². The racial makeup of the county was 15.5% White non-Hispanic, 83.9% Black or African American and 0.4% Native American. 0.3% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.80% under the age of 18, 17.80% from 18 to 24, 23.10% from 25 to 44, 21.90% from 45 to 64, and 8.40% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 93.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.80 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $16,008, and the median income for a family was $21,990. The per capita income for the county was $8,775. About 33.90% of families and 48.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 62.30% of those under age 18 and 19.90% of those age 65 or over.