Scotland County, North Carolina
|Scotland County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|• Total||321 sq mi (831 km2)|
|• Land||319 sq mi (826 km2)|
|• Water||2 sq mi (5 km2), 0.47%|
|• Density||114/sq mi (44/km²)|
Law and government
Scotland County is a member of the regional Lumber River Council of Governments.
- Hoke County, North Carolina - northeast
- Robeson County, North Carolina - southeast
- Marlboro County, South Carolina - southwest
- Richmond County, North Carolina - northwest
- Moore County, North Carolina - north
||Richmond County||Moore County||Hoke County|
|Marlboro County, South Carolina||Robeson County|
As of the census of 2000, there were 35,998 people, 13,399 households, and 9,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 14,693 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 51.49% White, 37.32% Black or African American, 8.88% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
In 2005 49.4% of Scotland County's population was non-Hispanic whites.
In 2000 there were 13,399 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 20.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.
In the county the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.00 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $31,010, and the median income for a family was $39,178. Males had a median income of $31,212 versus $23,172 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,693. About 17.40% of families and 20.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.80% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns
Travel & tourism
While Scotland County is the smallest county in the state of North Carolina (100 out of 100), it ranks 63rd in generating tourism dollars. The North Carolina Department of Commerce, estimates the county brings in approximately $33 million in travel and tourism dollars each year.
Primary tourism draws include:
- Festivals (Scotland County Highland Games, Storytelling Festival of Carolinas, John Blue Festival)
- Historical sites (John Blue House (Laurinburg, North Carolina), Old Laurel Hill Church)
- Museums and heritage (Scotland County Museum, Indian Museum, Scottish Heritage Center)
- The outdoors (Cypress Bend Vineyards, St. Andrews Equestrian Center, Chalk Banks, Lumber River), and
- The local college: St. Andrews Presbyterian College.
The county is often referred to as the “Soul of the Carolinas” – as it maintains its historical and personal touch in one of the fastest growing states 
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