Brunswick County, North Carolina
|Brunswick County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg|
1,050 sq mi (2,719 km²)
855 sq mi (2,214 km²)
195 sq mi (505 km²), 18.59%
85/sq mi (33/km²)
Brunswick County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 107,431. Brunswick County is the 37th fastest growing county in the country. Its county seat is Bolivia. Brunswick County was formerly part of the Wilmington Metropolitan Statistical Area, but was added to the Myrtle Beach-Conway-North Myrtle Beach, SC metropolitan area in the 2013 metropolitan revisions by the Office of Management and Budget. However, Wilmington area leaders are currently disputing that move. 
The county was formed in 1764 from parts of Bladen County and New Hanover County. It was named for the colonial port of Brunswick Town (now in ruins) which was itself named for Duchy of Brunswick-Lüneburg; at the time held by the British kings of the House of Hanover.
Law and government 
Brunswick County is a member of the regional Cape Fear Council of Governments. Brunswick county is in the inner coastal plain.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,050 square miles (2,719.5 km2), of which 855 square miles (2,214.4 km2) is land and 195 square miles (505.0 km2) (18.59%) is water. The Brunswick River and the Cape Fear River provide access to the Atlantic Ocean.
As of the census of 2000, there were 73,143 people, 30,438 households, and 22,037 families residing in the county. The population density was 86 people per square mile (33/km²). There were 51,431 housing units at an average density of 60 per square mile (23/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.30% White, 14.38% Black or African American, 0.68% Native American, 0.27% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.32% from other races, and 1.01% from two or more races. 2.68% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 30,438 households out of which 25.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.60% were non-families. 22.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.60% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.76.
In the county the population was spread out with 21.20% under the age of 18, 7.00% from 18 to 24, 25.70% from 25 to 44, 29.20% from 45 to 64, and 16.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 96.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.90 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $35,888, and the median income for a family was $42,037. Males had a median income of $30,138 versus $22,066 for females. The per capita income for the county was $19,857. About 9.50% of families and 12.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 19.40% of those under age 18 and 8.10% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
- Carolina Shores
- Sandy Creek
- St. James
Unincorporated communities 
- Bell Swamp
- Bonaparte Landing
- Boone's Neck
- Brunswick Station
- Camp Branch
- Cedar Grove
- Cedar Hill
- Doe Creek
- Easy Hill
- Piney Grove
- Sunset Harbor
Adjacent counties 
- Pender County, North Carolina - northeast
- New Hanover County, North Carolina - east
- Horry County, South Carolina - southwest
- Columbus County, North Carolina - northwest
||Columbus County||Pender County|
|New Hanover County|
|Horry County, South Carolina||Atlantic Ocean|
Major Highways 
U.S. Routes 
North Carolina State Highways 
See also 
- Official website
- Brunswick County Chamber of Commerce
- North Brunswick Chamber of Commerce
- Southport-Oak Island Chamber of Commerce
- The Lifestyle Magazine for North Brunswick County, NC
- Business News for Brunswick County, NC
- Brunswick Community College