Scotland County, North Carolina

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Scotland County, North Carolina
Map of North Carolina highlighting Scotland County
Location in the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1812
Named for Scotland
Seat Laurinburg
Largest city Laurinburg
Area
 • Total 320 sq mi (829 km2)
 • Land 319 sq mi (826 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2), 0.5%
Population
 • (2010) 36,157
 • Density 113/sq mi (44/km²)
Congressional district 9th
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website www.scotlandcounty.org

Scotland County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,157.[1] Its county seat is Laurinburg.[2]

Scotland County comprises the Laurinburg, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Fayetteville-Lumberton-Laurinburg, NC Combined Statistical Area.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 320 square miles (830 km2), of which 319 square miles (830 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.5%) is water.[3]

Adjacent Counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 12,553
1910 15,363 22.4%
1920 15,600 1.5%
1930 20,174 29.3%
1940 23,232 15.2%
1950 26,336 13.4%
1960 25,183 −4.4%
1970 26,929 6.9%
1980 32,273 19.8%
1990 33,754 4.6%
2000 35,998 6.6%
2010 36,157 0.4%
Est. 2016 35,244 [4] −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
1790-1960[6] 1900-1990[7]
1990-2000[8] 2010-2013[1]

As of the census[9] 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.

Law and government[edit]

Presidential Elections Results[10]
Year Republican Democratic Third Parties
2016 44.9% 6,256 52.6% 7,319 2.5% 353
2012 41.2% 5,831 58.0% 8,215 0.8% 110
2008 42.2% 6,005 57.3% 8,151 0.4% 61
2004 44.5% 5,141 55.3% 6,386 0.2% 20
2000 39.8% 3,740 59.8% 5,627 0.4% 36
1996 34.4% 2,858 58.7% 4,870 6.9% 571
1992 31.8% 2,980 55.3% 5,175 12.9% 1,205
1988 45.2% 3,199 54.6% 3,865 0.3% 20
1984 50.2% 4,077 49.6% 4,028 0.2% 12
1980 31.5% 2,133 65.6% 4,446 3.0% 203
1976 30.3% 1,932 69.4% 4,430 0.3% 22
1972 63.7% 3,485 35.4% 1,938 0.9% 49
1968 28.7% 1,717 37.6% 2,252 33.7% 2,016
1964 24.2% 1,229 75.8% 3,844
1960 26.0% 1,279 74.0% 3,643
1956 27.8% 1,171 72.2% 3,042
1952 35.3% 1,590 64.7% 2,912
1948 12.7% 359 69.4% 1,957 17.8% 503
1944 11.3% 303 88.7% 2,372
1940 7.7% 250 92.3% 2,981
1936 9.0% 314 91.0% 3,183
1932 7.4% 208 92.4% 2,608 0.2% 6
1928 25.0% 588 75.0% 1,761
1924 12.2% 205 87.2% 1,469 0.7% 11
1920 15.2% 306 84.8% 1,705
1916 12.7% 137 87.3% 938
1912 1.1% 9 89.9% 751 9.0% 75

Scotland County is a member of the regional Lumber River Council of Governments.

As of the 2000 Census, Scotland County is located almost entirely in North Carolina's 8th congressional district and is currently represented in the 113th United States Congress by Richard Hudson (R).

Tourism[edit]

Primary tourism draws include:[11]

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 [12]

Communities[edit]

Map of Scotland County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

City[edit]

Towns[edit]

Census-designated places[edit]

Other unincorporated communities[edit]

Townships[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ a b "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  7. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  8. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 19, 2015. 
  9. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  10. ^ http://uselectionatlas.org/RESULTS
  11. ^ "Soul of the Carolinas". Scotland County Tourism Development Authority. Retrieved November 19, 2012. 
  12. ^ Sherman, Lauren (22 December 2008). "America's 10 Fastest-Growing States". Forbes. 

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Coordinates: 34°50′N 79°29′W / 34.84°N 79.48°W / 34.84; -79.48