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Why do signs in the Porter’s Neck area refer to it as Kirkland?

By the area most locals know as Porter’s Neck is a place known to government officials by a different name.

Kirkland is an official U.S. Census Bureau census-designated place (CDP) comprising 8.4 square miles around where US 17 and Business US 17 split and adjacent to Murraysville and Bayshore, also CDPs.

A CDP’s boundaries have no legal status; it is defined by the United States Census Bureau for statistical purposes only to refer to rural and other unincorporated regions.

And while few of the 579 people in 212 households that called the area home as of the 2000 census might call it by the government’s preferred name, it often appears on maps.

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Michael Catullo

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