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List of counties in North Carolina

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Counties of North Carolina
LocationState of North Carolina
Populations3,461 (Tyrrell) – 1,190,275 (Wake)
Areas221 square miles (570 km2) (Clay) – 1,542 square miles (3,990 km2) (Dare)
Map showing the population density of North Carolina

The U.S. state of North Carolina is divided into 100 counties. North Carolina ranks 28th in size by area, but has the seventh-highest number of counties in the country.[1]

Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, King Charles II rewarded eight persons on March 24, 1663, for their faithful support of his efforts to regain the throne of England. He gave the eight grantees, called Lords Proprietor, the land called Carolina, in honor of King Charles I, his father. The Province of Carolina, from 1663 to 1729, was a North American English (1663–1707), then British (from 1707 union with Scotland) colony. In 1729, the Province of North Carolina became a separate entity from the Province of South Carolina.[2]

The establishment of North Carolina counties stretches over 240 years, beginning in 1668 with the creation of Albemarle County and ending with the 1911 creation of Avery and Hoke counties. Five counties have been divided or abolished altogether, the last being Dobbs County in 1791.

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS),[3] which is used by the United States government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry. North Carolina's FIPS code is 37, which when combined with the county code is written as 37XXX.[4]


County FIPS code[3] County seat[5] Est.[5] Origin[6] Etymology[6] Pop.
Area[8] Map
Alamance County 001 Graham 1849 Orange County The Battle of Alamance which was derived from the local Indian word meaning "blue clay" found in the Great Alamance Creek 179,165 434 sq mi
(1,124 km2)
State map highlighting Alamance County
Alexander County 003 Taylorsville 1847 Caldwell County, Iredell County, and Wilkes County William J. Alexander, member of the legislature and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons 36,473 264 sq mi
(684 km2)
State map highlighting Alexander County
Alleghany County 005 Sparta 1859 Ashe County Derived from a corruption of the Delaware Indian name for the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers and is said to have meant "a fine stream" 11,342 236 sq mi
(611 km2)
State map highlighting Alleghany County
Anson County 007 Wadesboro 1750 Bladen County George, Lord Anson (1697–1762), a celebrated English admiral who circumnavigated the globe 21,897 537 sq mi
(1,391 km2)
State map highlighting Anson County
Ashe County 009 Jefferson 1799 Wilkes County Samuel Ashe (1725–1813), a Revolutionary patriot, superior court judge and governor of North Carolina 27,063 429 sq mi
(1,111 km2)
State map highlighting Ashe County
Avery County 011 Newland 1911 Caldwell County, Mitchell County, and Watauga County Waightstill Avery (1741–1821), a soldier of the Revolution and Attorney General of North Carolina 17,561 248 sq mi
(642 km2)
State map highlighting Avery County
Beaufort County 013 Washington 1712 Bath County Henry Somerset, 2nd Duke of Beaufort, who in 1709 became one of the Lords Proprietor 44,481 963 sq mi
(2,494 km2)
State map highlighting Beaufort County
Bertie County 015 Windsor 1722 Chowan County James or Henry Bertie, two Lords Proprietor of colonial North Carolina 16,922 741 sq mi
(1,919 km2)
State map highlighting Bertie County
Bladen County 017 Elizabethtown 1734 New Hanover County Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade 29,484 888 sq mi
(2,300 km2)
State map highlighting Bladen County
Brunswick County 019 Bolivia 1764 Bladen County and New Hanover County George I of Great Britain (1660–1727), Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg 159,964 1,050 sq mi
(2,719 km2)
State map highlighting Brunswick County
Buncombe County 021 Asheville 1791 Burke County and Rutherford County Edward Buncombe, a Revolutionary soldier, who was wounded and captured at the Battle of Germantown, and died a paroled prisoner in Philadelphia 275,901 660 sq mi
(1,709 km2)
State map highlighting Buncombe County
Burke County 023 Morganton 1777 Rowan County Thomas Burke (1747–1783), a member of the Continental Congress and governor of North Carolina 88,338 514 sq mi
(1,331 km2)
State map highlighting Burke County
Cabarrus County 025 Concord 1792 Mecklenburg County Stephen Cabarrus (1754–1808), member of the legislature and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons 240,016 364 sq mi
(943 km2)
State map highlighting Cabarrus County
Caldwell County 027 Lenoir 1841 Burke County and Wilkes County Joseph Caldwell (1773–1835), the first president of the University of North Carolina 80,574 475 sq mi
(1,230 km2)
State map highlighting Caldwell County
Camden County 029 Camden 1777 Pasquotank County Charles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714–1794), who opposed the taxation of the American colonists 11,137 310 sq mi
(803 km2)
State map highlighting Camden County
Carteret County 031 Beaufort 1722 Craven County John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (1690–1763), who inherited one-eighth share in the Province of Carolina through his great-grandfather George Carteret 69,615 1,330 sq mi
(3,445 km2)
State map highlighting Carteret County
Caswell County 033 Yanceyville 1777 Orange County Richard Caswell (1729–1789), member of the first Continental Congress and first governor of North Carolina after the Declaration of Independence 22,807 429 sq mi
(1,111 km2)
State map highlighting Caswell County
Catawba County 035 Newton 1842 Lincoln County Catawba Indians 164,645 416 sq mi
(1,077 km2)
State map highlighting Catawba County
Chatham County 037 Pittsboro 1771 Orange County William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778), Secretary of State during the French and Indian War and was later Prime Minister of Great Britain 81,624 709 sq mi
(1,836 km2)
State map highlighting Chatham County
Cherokee County 039 Murphy 1839 Macon County Cherokee Indians 29,959 467 sq mi
(1,210 km2)
State map highlighting Cherokee County
Chowan County 041 Edenton 1668 Albemarle County Chowan Indian tribe 13,891 234 sq mi
(606 km2)
State map highlighting Chowan County
Clay County 043 Hayesville 1861 Cherokee County Henry Clay (1777–1852), statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the House of Representatives and Senate 11,864 221 sq mi
(572 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County
Cleveland County 045 Shelby 1841 Lincoln County and Rutherford County Benjamin Cleveland (1738–1806), a colonel in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain 101,378 468 sq mi
(1,212 km2)
State map highlighting Cleveland County
Columbus County 047 Whiteville 1808 Bladen County and Brunswick County Christopher Columbus (1451–1507), navigator, explorer, and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas 50,121 955 sq mi
(2,473 km2)
State map highlighting Columbus County
Craven County 049 New Bern 1705 Bath County William, Earl of Craven (1608–1697), who was a Lords Proprietor of colonial North Carolina 102,391 773 sq mi
(2,002 km2)
State map highlighting Craven County
Cumberland County 051 Fayetteville 1754 Bladen County Prince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721–1765), a military leader and son of George II 337,890 658 sq mi
(1,704 km2)
State map highlighting Cumberland County
Currituck County 053 Currituck 1668 Albemarle County Traditionally said to be an Indian word for wild geese, also rendered "Coratank" 31,593 526 sq mi
(1,362 km2)
State map highlighting Currituck County
Dare County 055 Manteo 1870 Currituck County, Hyde County, and Tyrrell County Virginia Dare (b. 1587), the first child born of English parents in America 38,110 1,542 sq mi
(3,994 km2)
State map highlighting Dare County
Davidson County 057 Lexington 1822 Rowan County William Lee Davidson (1746–1781), an American Revolutionary War general who was mortally wounded at Cowan's Ford 174,804 568 sq mi
(1,471 km2)
State map highlighting Davidson County
Davie County 059 Mocksville 1836 Rowan County William Richardson Davie (1756–1820), a member of the Federal Convention and governor of North Carolina 44,599 266 sq mi
(689 km2)
State map highlighting Davie County
Duplin County 061 Kenansville 1750 New Hanover County Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin (1710–1787), who was the 9th Earl of Kinnoull 49,520 820 sq mi
(2,124 km2)
State map highlighting Duplin County
Durham County 063 Durham 1881 Orange County and Wake County The city of Durham, which was named in honor of Dr. Bartlett Snipes Durham, who donated the land on which the earliest parts of the city were built 336,892 298 sq mi
(772 km2)
State map highlighting Durham County
Edgecombe County 065 Tarboro 1741 Bertie County Richard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbe (1680–1758), a Lord High Treasurer and Paymaster General for Ireland 48,832 507 sq mi
(1,313 km2)
State map highlighting Edgecombe County
Forsyth County 067 Winston-Salem 1849 Stokes County Benjamin Forsyth (d. 1814), an American officer during the War of 1812 392,921 412 sq mi
(1,067 km2)
State map highlighting Forsyth County
Franklin County 069 Louisburg 1779 Bute County Benjamin Franklin (1706–1790), an author, politician, statesman, and Founding Father of the United States 77,001 494 sq mi
(1,279 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County
Gaston County 071 Gastonia 1846 Lincoln County William Gaston (1778–1844), a United States Congressman and justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court 237,242 364 sq mi
(943 km2)
State map highlighting Gaston County
Gates County 073 Gatesville 1779 Chowan County, Hertford County, and Perquimans County Horatio Gates (1727–1806), an American general during the Revolution at the Battle of Saratoga 10,343 346 sq mi
(896 km2)
State map highlighting Gates County
Graham County 075 Robbinsville 1872 Cherokee County William Alexander Graham (1804–1875), a United States Senator, governor of North Carolina, and United States Secretary of the Navy 8,052 302 sq mi
(782 km2)
State map highlighting Graham County
Granville County 077 Oxford 1746 Edgecombe County John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (1690–1763), who inherited one-eighth share in the Province of Carolina through his great-grandfather George Carteret 62,192 538 sq mi
(1,393 km2)
State map highlighting Granville County
Greene County 079 Snow Hill 1799 Dobbs County
Originally named Glasgow County
Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War 20,530 267 sq mi
(692 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County
Guilford County 081 Greensboro 1771 Orange County and Rowan County Francis North, 1st Earl of Guilford (1704–1790), a British politician and father of Prime Minister of Great Britain Frederick North 549,866 658 sq mi
(1,704 km2)
State map highlighting Guilford County
Halifax County 083 Halifax 1758 Edgecombe County George Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax (1716–1771), a British statesman and President of the Board of Trade 47,298 730 sq mi
(1,891 km2)
State map highlighting Halifax County
Harnett County 085 Lillington 1855 Cumberland County Cornelius Harnett (1723–1781), an American Revolutionary and delegate in the Continental Congress 141,477 601 sq mi
(1,557 km2)
State map highlighting Harnett County
Haywood County 087 Waynesville 1808 Buncombe County John Haywood (1754–1827), a North Carolina State Treasurer 62,969 555 sq mi
(1,437 km2)
State map highlighting Haywood County
Henderson County 089 Hendersonville 1838 Buncombe County Leonard Henderson (1772–1833), Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court 119,230 375 sq mi
(971 km2)
State map highlighting Henderson County
Hertford County 091 Winton 1759 Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton County Francis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford (1718–1794), who was Lord of the Bedchamber to George II and George III 19,453 360 sq mi
(932 km2)
State map highlighting Hertford County
Hoke County 093 Raeford 1911 Cumberland County and Robeson County Robert Hoke (1837–1912), a Confederate general during the American Civil War 54,446 392 sq mi
(1,015 km2)
State map highlighting Hoke County
Hyde County 095 Swan Quarter 1712 Bath County Edward Hyde (1667–1712), a governor of colonial North Carolina 4,607 1,459 sq mi
(3,779 km2)
State map highlighting Hyde County
Iredell County 097 Statesville 1788 Rowan County James Iredell (1751–1799), a comptroller at the port of Edenton and one of the original justices of the Supreme Court of the United States 199,710 597 sq mi
(1,546 km2)
State map highlighting Iredell County
Jackson County 099 Sylva 1851 Haywood County and Macon County Andrew Jackson (1767–1845), the 7th President of the United States 44,574 495 sq mi
(1,282 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County
Johnston County 101 Smithfield 1746 Craven County Gabriel Johnston (1699–1752), a governor of colonial North Carolina 241,955 796 sq mi
(2,062 km2)
State map highlighting Johnston County
Jones County 103 Trenton 1779 Craven County Willie Jones (1740–1801), opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution and declined an invitation to the Constitutional Convention 9,401 474 sq mi
(1,228 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County
Lee County 105 Sanford 1907 Chatham County and Moore County Robert E. Lee (1807–1870), a career United States Army officer and general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War 67,059 259 sq mi
(671 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County
Lenoir County 107 Kinston 1791 Dobbs County William Lenoir (1751–1839), a captain in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain 54,895 401 sq mi
(1,039 km2)
State map highlighting Lenoir County
Lincoln County 109 Lincolnton 1779 Tryon County Benjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), a major general during the American Revolutionary War who participated in the Siege of Yorktown 95,675 305 sq mi
(790 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County
Macon County 113 Franklin 1828 Haywood County Nathaniel Macon (1758–1837), a member and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives 38,412 520 sq mi
(1,347 km2)
State map highlighting Macon County
Madison County 115 Marshall 1851 Buncombe County and Yancey County James Madison (1751–1836), the 4th President of the United States 22,071 451 sq mi
(1,168 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County
Martin County 117 Williamston 1774 Halifax County and Tyrrell County Josiah Martin (1737–1786), the last governor of colonial North Carolina 21,447 457 sq mi
(1,184 km2)
State map highlighting Martin County
McDowell County 111 Marion 1842 Burke County and Rutherford County Joseph McDowell (1756–1801), a soldier in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain 44,893 445 sq mi
(1,153 km2)
State map highlighting McDowell County
Mecklenburg County 119 Charlotte 1762 Anson County Charlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818), the queen consort of George III of the United Kingdom 1,163,701 546 sq mi
(1,414 km2)
State map highlighting Mecklenburg County
Mitchell County 121 Bakersville 1861 Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County Elisha Mitchell (1793–1857), a professor at the University of North Carolina who measured the height of Mount Mitchell 14,999 222 sq mi
(575 km2)
State map highlighting Mitchell County
Montgomery County 123 Troy 1779 Anson County Richard Montgomery (1738–1775), a major general during the Revolutionary War who was killed at the Battle of Quebec 26,085 502 sq mi
(1,300 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County
Moore County 125 Carthage 1784 Cumberland County Alfred Moore (1755–1810), a captain in the Revolutionary War and justice of the Supreme Court of the United States 106,898 706 sq mi
(1,829 km2)
State map highlighting Moore County
Nash County 127 Nashville 1777 Edgecombe County Francis Nash (1742–1777), a brigadier general in the Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown 96,551 543 sq mi
(1,406 km2)
State map highlighting Nash County
New Hanover County 129 Wilmington 1729 Craven County The royal family of England, members of the House of Hanover 238,852 329 sq mi
(852 km2)
State map highlighting New Hanover County
Northampton County 131 Jackson 1741 Bertie County James Compton, 5th Earl of Northampton (1687–1754), a British peer and politician 16,715 551 sq mi
(1,427 km2)
State map highlighting Northampton County
Onslow County 133 Jacksonville 1734 New Hanover County Arthur Onslow (1691–1768), Speaker of the House of Commons 213,676 905 sq mi
(2,344 km2)
State map highlighting Onslow County
Orange County 135 Hillsborough 1752 Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston County Unknown; possibly Prince William V of Orange (1748–1806), the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic; or William of Orange (1650–1702), who became King of England after the Glorious Revolution[9] 150,626 401 sq mi
(1,039 km2)
State map highlighting Orange County
Pamlico County 137 Bayboro 1872 Beaufort County and Craven County Pamlico Sound and the Pamlico Indian tribe 12,423 562 sq mi
(1,456 km2)
State map highlighting Pamlico County
Pasquotank County 139 Elizabeth City 1668 Albemarle County Derived from the Indian word "pasketanki" which meant "where the current of the stream divides or forks" 41,444 289 sq mi
(749 km2)
State map highlighting Pasquotank County
Pender County 141 Burgaw 1875 New Hanover County William Dorsey Pender (1834–1863), Confederate soldier who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War 68,521 934 sq mi
(2,419 km2)
State map highlighting Pender County
Perquimans County 143 Hertford 1668 Albemarle County The Indian word "perquimans" means "land of beautiful women" and was coined by a sect of the Yeopim tribe, later becoming the 'Perquiman' 13,377 329 sq mi
(852 km2)
State map highlighting Perquimans County
Person County 145 Roxboro 1791 Caswell County Thomas Person, an American Revolutionary War patriot 39,737 404 sq mi
(1,046 km2)
State map highlighting Person County
Pitt County 147 Greenville 1760 Beaufort County William Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778), Secretary of State during the French and Indian War and was later Prime Minister of Great Britain 175,119 656 sq mi
(1,699 km2)
State map highlighting Pitt County
Polk County 149 Columbus 1855 Henderson County and Rutherford County William Polk (1758–1834), officer in the American Revolutionary War and first president of the State Bank of North Carolina 20,060 238 sq mi
(616 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County
Randolph County 151 Asheboro 1779 Guilford County Peyton Randolph (c. 1721–1755), the first President of the Continental Congress 147,458 790 sq mi
(2,046 km2)
State map highlighting Randolph County
Richmond County 153 Rockingham 1779 Anson County Charles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond (1735–1806), a firm supporter of the American colonists and advocated removal of British troops 42,324 480 sq mi
(1,243 km2)
State map highlighting Richmond County
Robeson County 155 Lumberton 1787 Bladen County Thomas Robeson, an officer in the American Revolutionary War 117,365 949 sq mi
(2,458 km2)
State map highlighting Robeson County
Rockingham County 157 Wentworth 1785 Guilford County Charles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730–1782), a British statesmen and two-time Prime Minister of Great Britain 92,518 573 sq mi
(1,484 km2)
State map highlighting Rockingham County
Rowan County 159 Salisbury 1753 Anson County Matthew Rowan (d. 1769), was the acting Governor of colonial North Carolina following the death of Governor Nathaniel Rice 151,661 524 sq mi
(1,357 km2)
State map highlighting Rowan County
Rutherford County 161 Rutherfordton 1779 Tryon County Griffith Rutherford (c. 1721–1805), an officer in the American Revolutionary War and a political leader in North Carolina 65,507 567 sq mi
(1,469 km2)
State map highlighting Rutherford County
Sampson County 163 Clinton 1784 Duplin County John Sampson, a member of Josiah Martin's council 59,601 948 sq mi
(2,455 km2)
State map highlighting Sampson County
Scotland County 165 Laurinburg 1899 Richmond County The country Scotland, part of the United Kingdom 34,376 321 sq mi
(831 km2)
State map highlighting Scotland County
Stanly County 167 Albemarle 1841 Montgomery County John Stanly (1774–1834), a United States Congressman and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons 65,699 405 sq mi
(1,049 km2)
State map highlighting Stanly County
Stokes County 169 Danbury 1789 Surry County John Stokes, a soldier of the Revolution who was seriously wounded at the Waxhaw massacre 45,532 456 sq mi
(1,181 km2)
State map highlighting Stokes County
Surry County 171 Dobson 1771 Rowan County The county of Surrey in England, birthplace of then governor William Tryon 71,462 537 sq mi
(1,391 km2)
State map highlighting Surry County
Swain County 173 Bryson City 1871 Jackson County and Macon County David Lowry Swain (1801–1868), a governor of North Carolina and president of the University of North Carolina 13,916 540 sq mi
(1,399 km2)
State map highlighting Swain County
Transylvania County 175 Brevard 1861 Henderson County and Jackson County Derived from the Latin words, trans meaning "across" and sylva meaning "woods" 33,549 380 sq mi
(984 km2)
State map highlighting Transylvania County
Tyrrell County 177 Columbia 1729 Chowan County, Currituck County, and Pasquotank County John Tyrrell, at one time was a Lords Proprietor 3,461 597 sq mi
(1,546 km2)
State map highlighting Tyrrell County
Union County 179 Monroe 1842 Anson County and Mecklenburg County Created as a compromise after a dispute between local Whigs and Democrats as to whether it should be named Clay or Jackson county 256,452 640 sq mi
(1,658 km2)
State map highlighting Union County
Vance County 181 Henderson 1881 Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren County Zebulon Baird Vance (1830–1894), a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, twice governor of North Carolina, and United States Senator 42,301 269 sq mi
(697 km2)
State map highlighting Vance County
Wake County 183 Raleigh 1771 Cumberland County, Johnston County, and Orange County Margaret Wake, the wife of British colonial governor William Tryon 1,190,275 857 sq mi
(2,220 km2)
State map highlighting Wake County
Warren County 185 Warrenton 1779 Bute County Joseph Warren (1741–1775), a Patriot and volunteer private who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill 18,836 444 sq mi
(1,150 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County
Washington County 187 Plymouth 1799 Tyrrell County George Washington (1732–1799), the 1st president of the United States 10,713 422 sq mi
(1,093 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County
Watauga County 189 Boone 1849 Ashe County, Caldwell County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County The Watauga River, which came from an Indian word meaning "beautiful water" 54,748 313 sq mi
(811 km2)
State map highlighting Watauga County
Wayne County 191 Goldsboro 1779 Dobbs County Anthony Wayne (1745–1796), a general in the American Revolutionary War 118,686 558 sq mi
(1,445 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County
Wilkes County 193 Wilkesboro 1777 Surry County John Wilkes (1725–1797), an English radical, journalist, and politician 66,013 756 sq mi
(1,958 km2)
State map highlighting Wilkes County
Wilson County 195 Wilson 1855 Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County Louis D. Wilson, a state legislator from Edgecombe County who died of fever at Veracruz during the Mexican–American War 78,970 373 sq mi
(966 km2)
State map highlighting Wilson County
Yadkin County 197 Yadkinville 1850 Surry County The Yadkin River 37,774 338 sq mi
(875 km2)
State map highlighting Yadkin County
Yancey County 199 Burnsville 1833 Buncombe County and Burke County Bartlett Yancey (1785–1828), a United States Congressman, Speaker of the North Carolina Senate, and early advocate for the North Carolina Public School System 18,938 313 sq mi
(811 km2)
State map highlighting Yancey County

Historic counties[edit]

County Created Abolished Fate
Albemarle County 1664[10] 1738[10] Partitioned into Chowan County, Currituck County, Pasquotank County, and Perquimans County
Bath County 1696[11] 1738[11] Partitioned into Beaufort County, Craven County, and Hyde County
Bute County 1764[12] 1779[12] Partitioned into Franklin County and Warren County
Dobbs County 1758[13] 1791[13] Partitioned into Greene County, Lenoir County, and Wayne County
Tryon County 1768[14] 1779[14] Partitioned into Lincoln County and Rutherford County

For several months in 1784, Cumberland County was known as Fayette County and sent representatives to the North Carolina General Assembly of April 1784 under this name.[15]

Proposed counties[edit]

In the state's history, two counties have officially been proposed, but not created—Hooper County and Lillington County, in 1851 and 1859, respectively. The former was to be created from parts of Richmond and Robeson Counties, and the latter was to be created from parts of New Hanover County. Both of the proposals failed in their respective referenda. Later on, Scotland County would be created in the area where Hooper County was proposed, and Pender County would fill the area where Lillington County was proposed.[16][17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "How Many Counties are in Your State?". Click and Learn. Archived from the original on April 22, 2009. Retrieved August 26, 2009.
  2. ^ "LEARN NC has been archived". www.learnnc.org. Archived from the original on January 27, 2018. Retrieved April 28, 2018.
  3. ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". US Environmental Protection Agency. Archived from the original on September 28, 2004. Retrieved February 6, 2008.
  4. ^ "North Carolina County FIPS Codes". www.lib.ncsu.edu. Retrieved November 7, 2022.
  5. ^ a b "NACo – Find a county". National Association of Counties. Archived from the original on December 11, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  6. ^ a b "County Histories". The State Library of North Carolina. Archived from the original on August 25, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  7. ^ "QuickFacts: North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 20, 2024.
  8. ^ "2020 County Gazetteer Files – North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. August 23, 2022. Retrieved September 10, 2023.
  9. ^ "Orange County". NCpedia. Retrieved March 17, 2024.
  10. ^ a b "Historic Albemarle County North Carolina Genealogy". USGenNet. Archived from the original on October 7, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  11. ^ a b "Historic Bath County North Carolina Genealogy". USGenNet. Archived from the original on June 24, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  12. ^ a b "Bute Co., North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779". RootsWeb. Archived from the original on May 22, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  13. ^ a b "Dobbs County, NC GenWeb Archives". USGenWeb. Archived from the original on July 23, 2008. Retrieved July 24, 2008.
  14. ^ a b "Finding Tryon County Ancestors". Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System. Archived from the original on October 1, 2011. Retrieved August 31, 2011.
  15. ^ Cheney, John L. Jr., ed. (1974). North Carolina Government, 1585–1974. pp. 212-213.
  16. ^ "1851 North Carolina Legislative Act to Establish Hooper County". www.carolana.com. Retrieved April 24, 2024.
  17. ^ "North Carolina Gazetteer browse". NCpedia. Retrieved April 24, 2024.

Works cited[edit]

  • Corbitt, David Leroy. The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663–1943. Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1950. Reprint, Raleigh: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1987. ISBN 0-86526-032-X
  • Powell, William S. The North Carolina Gazetteer. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968. Reprint, 1985. ISBN 0-8078-1247-1