Union County, North Carolina
|Union County, North Carolina|
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
640 sq mi (1,658 km²)
637 sq mi (1,650 km²)
2 sq mi (5 km²), 0.35%
303/sq mi (117/km²)
Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 201,292, a 62.8% increase from its 2000 census population of 123,677. Its county seat is Monroe.
The county was formed in 1842 from parts of Anson County and Mecklenburg County. Its name was a compromise between Whigs, who wanted to name the new county for Henry Clay, and Democrats, who wanted to name it for Andrew Jackson. The Helms, Starnes, McRorie, and Belk families took a major part in the Monroe and Charlotte, North Carolina. Most of these families came from Goose Creek Township.
Law and government 
Union County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,700 km2), of which, 637 square miles (1,650 km2) of it is land and 2 square miles (5.2 km2) of it (0.35%) is water.
The county is divided into nine townships: Goose Creek, Jackson, Marshville, Monroe, New Salem, Vance, Buford, Lanes Creek, and Sandy Ridge, Indian trail.
Adjacent counties 
- Cabarrus County, North Carolina - north
- Stanly County, North Carolina - north-northeast
- Anson County, North Carolina - east
- Chesterfield County, South Carolina - south-southeast
- Lancaster County, South Carolina - southwest
- Mecklenburg County, North Carolina - northwest
||Mecklenburg County||Cabarrus County||Stanly County|
|Lancaster County, South Carolina||Chesterfield County, South Carolina|
Major highways 
As of the census of 2010, there were 201,292 people, 67,864 households, and 54,019 families residing in the county. The population density was 194 people per square mile (75/km²). There were 45,695 housing units at an average density of 314 per square mile (28/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 79.0% White, 11.7% Black or African American, 0.4% Native American, 1.6% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 5.3% from other races, and 1.9% from two or more races. 10.4% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 67,864 households out of which 42.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.60% were married couples living together, and 10.70% had a female householder with no husband present.6.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.94 and the average family size was 3.3.
In the county the population was spread out with 32.90% under the age of 20, 4.7% from 20 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 9.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.2 years. The population was 49.4% male.
Cities and towns 
- Fairview (town)
- Hemby Bridge
- Indian Trail
- Lake Park
- Mineral Springs
- Monroe (County Seat & Largest City)
- Wesley Chapel
Ghost towns 
Annual events 
- Brooklandwood in the Union County town of Mineral Springs is the site of the Queens Cup Steeplechase, one of steeplechase horse racing's major annual events. The program consists of several races, and is held the last Saturday of April. The schedule of events also features a Jack Russell Terrier judging contest. Over 10,000 people descend on Mineral Springs from all parts of the country to take part in this day long event of races and other activities.
- The Union County town of Marshville is the site of the Boll Weevil Festival, an annual street fair and carnival that takes place every fall.
See also 
- Tabernacle Christian School - Private, Christian School
- Union County Partnership for Progress - Economic Development Agency
- Union County NC Social Networking Site
- Union County government official website
- Official website of Monroe Economic Development (Union County)
- Queens Cup Steeplechase (official site)
- Bible Baptist Tabernacle - Independent Baptist Church
- UnioNCounty Football
- county high school site)
- NCGenWeb Union County- genealogy resources for the county