Bunn, North Carolina

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Bunn, North Carolina
Location of Bunn, North Carolina
Location of Bunn, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°57′29″N 78°15′7″W / 35.95806°N 78.25194°W / 35.95806; -78.25194Coordinates: 35°57′29″N 78°15′7″W / 35.95806°N 78.25194°W / 35.95806; -78.25194
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Franklin
Established 1909
Incorporated March 3, 1913[1]
Named for Green Walker Bunn
 • Type Board of Commissioners
 • Mayor Marsha W. Strawbridge (R)
 • Total 0.54 sq mi (1.40 km2)
 • Land 0.54 sq mi (1.40 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 279 ft (85 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 344
 • Estimate (2016)[2] 359
 • Density 640/sq mi (250/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27508
Area code(s) 919 and 984
FIPS code 37-08860[3]
GNIS feature ID 0982260[4]
Website townofbunn.com

Bunn is a town in Franklin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 344 at the 2010 census.[5]


Bunn is named for Green Walker Bunn, who first settled southeast of the current town in the late 1800s. The town was established on land purchased around 1909 by the Montgomery Lumber Company and incorporated four years later.[6][7]

The Andrews-Moore House and Baker Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[8]


Bunn is located in southeastern Franklin County at 35°57′29″N 78°15′7″W / 35.95806°N 78.25194°W / 35.95806; -78.25194 (35.958106, −78.251980).[9] North Carolina Highway 98 passes through the town, leading southeast 6 miles (10 km) to U.S. Route 64 and west 15 miles (24 km) to Wake Forest. North Carolina Highway 39 intersects NC 98 in the center of town; it leads north 10 miles (16 km) to Louisburg, the Franklin County seat, and south 7 miles (11 km) to US 64 east of Zebulon. NC 98 and 39 combine to form South Main Street in the center of Bunn.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.54 square miles (1.4 km2), all of it land.[5]


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 2016359[2]4.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 344 people, 157 households, and 97 families residing in the town. The population density was 688.0 people per square mile (260.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 66.6% White, 28.2% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.0% Asian, 2.0% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 10.2% of the population.

There were 157 households out of which 20.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.2% were non-families. 36.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.79.

In the town, the population was spread out with 22.1% under the age of 20, 5.5% from 20 to 24, 20.4% from 25 to 44, 34.6% from 45 to 64, and 17.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 48.0 years. For every 100 females, there were 79.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 79.6 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $36,591, and the median income for a family was $56,875. Males had a median income of $43,485 versus $37,250 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,183. About 6.1% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.8% of those under age 18 and 17.9% of those age 65 or over.


There were 207 housing units at an average density of 414.0 per square mile (159.2/km²). 24.2% of housing units were vacant.

There were 157 occupied housing units in the town. 75 were owner-occupied units (47.8%), while 82 were renter-occupied (52.2%). The homeowner vacancy rate was 1.3% of total units. The rental unit vacancy rate was 21.9%.[3]


Bunn is governed by a mayor and four-member Board of Commissioners, who are elected in staggered four-year terms.

  • Mayor: Marsha W. Strawbridge[11]
  • Town Clerk: Judy Jeffreys
  • Deputy Town Clerk: Carolyn Ransdell
  • Commissioner: Sherry Mercer
  • Commissioner: Linda Pippin
  • Commissioner: Freddie Mack Jones[12]
  • Commissioner: Charlene Clay


The town is surrounded by farms, with acres of corn, tobacco and soybean grown. Some fields are farmed directly by families that have been in the area for generations, while other acres are leased. The pick-your-own fields in the area draw visitors to Bunn during the spring and summer.


  1. ^ The Franklin Times, A century ago, Bunn was poised for faster growth by Maury York, July 24, 2013, Retrieved July 24, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  3. ^ a b c "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  5. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), Bunn town, North Carolina". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved June 27, 2016. 
  6. ^ Town of Bunn, Retrieved Jan. 15, 2015.
  7. ^ William S. Powell, The North Carolina Gazetteer: A Dictionary of Tar Heel Places, 1968, The University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill, ISBN 0-8078-1247-1, Library of Congress Catalog Card #28-25916, page 75. Retrieved Jan. 15, 2015.
  8. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2014". United States Census Bureau. 2014-02-12. Retrieved 2015-01-16. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 22, 2013. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ Town of Bunn (Town Government), Retrieved Oct. 7, 2015.
  12. ^ WRAL TV 5, 2015 Franklin County Election Results, Retrieved Dec. 15, 2015.
  • William S. Powell, The North Carolina Gazetteer: A Dictionary of Tar Heel Places, 1968, The University of North Carolina Press at Chapel Hill, ISBN 0-8078-1247-1, Library of Congress Catalog Card #28-25916, page 75. Retrieved Jan. 15, 2015.

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