Butner, North Carolina

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Butner, North Carolina
Location of Butner, North Carolina
Location of Butner, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°8′18″N 78°45′32″W / 36.13833°N 78.75889°W / 36.13833; -78.75889Coordinates: 36°8′18″N 78°45′32″W / 36.13833°N 78.75889°W / 36.13833; -78.75889
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Granville
 • Total 6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Land 6.6 sq mi (17.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 371 ft (113 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 7,591
 • Density 1,150.2/sq mi (441.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27509
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-09360[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019443[2]
Website Butner Website
An old water tower in Butner.

Butner is a town in Granville County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,591 at the 2010 census.[3] Butner was managed by the state of North Carolina from 1947 through 2007. A bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly incorporating the town was signed by Gov. Mike Easley on July 27, 2007.[4]

It is the former site of the U.S. Army's Camp Butner, which was named for Major General Henry W. Butner (1875–1937), a North Carolina native.[5][6] The area around Butner has several state and federal correctional institutions.


Butner is located at 36°8′18″N 78°45′32″W / 36.13833°N 78.75889°W / 36.13833; -78.75889 (36.138298, -78.758828).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17 km2), all of it land.

Butner Town Hall
Gazebo Park
Lake Holt


Historical population
Census Pop.
1970 3,538
1980 4,240 19.8%
1990 4,679 10.4%
2000 5,792 23.8%
2010 7,591 31.1%
Est. 2015 7,751 [8] 2.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census of 2010, there were 7,591 people in 2,767 households. The population density was 1150.2 people per square mile (441.3/km²). There were 2,999 housing units at an average density of 454.4/sq mi (174.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 59.5% White, 30.1% African American, 0.7% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 6.5% from other races, and 2.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 14.7% of the population.

There were 2,767 households out of which 33.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them. The average household size was 2.74. In the town the population was spread out with 26.0% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 13.8% from 25 to 34, 23.3% from 35-49, 18.8% from 50 to 64, and 10.4% who were 65 years of age or older. For every 100 females there were 97.3 males.

The median income[10] for a household in the town was $45,437, and the mean income for a household was $51,466. The median and mean incomes for families were $53,186 and $55,847, respectively. The per capita income for the town was $17,654. About 4.1% of families and 13.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.2% of those under age 18 and 12.8% of those age 65 or over.


The Mayor of Butner is Thomas Lane. The Town Council Members are Christene Emory, Vicky Hicks Cates, Michel Branch, Linda Russell Jordon, William McKellar, and Terry Turner.


The area surrounding Butner includes:


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