List of counties in North Carolina

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The US state of North Carolina is divided into 100 counties. North Carolina ranks 29th in size by area, but has the seventh most counties in the country.[1]

Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Charles II of England rewarded eight persons on March 24, 1663, for their faithful support in his efforts to regain the throne of England. He granted the eight grantees, called Lords Proprietor, the land called Carolina, in honor of Charles I, his father. The Province of Carolina from 1663 to 1729, was a North American British colony. Around 1729, the Province of North Carolina became a separate entity from the Province of South Carolina.[citation needed]

North Carolina county history stretches over 340 years, beginning in 1668 with the creation of Albemarle County and ending with the 1911 creation of Avery and Hoke counties. Five counties have since been divided or abolished altogether, the last being Dobbs County in 1791.

The Federal Information Processing Standard (FIPS),[2] 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.


County Seat
Population estimate
Alamance County001Graham1849Orange CountyThe Battle of Alamance which was derived from the local Native American word meaning "blue clay" found in the Great Alamance Creek7005153291000000000153,2917002435000000000000435 sq mi
(70031127000000000001,127 km2)
State map highlighting Alamance County

Alexander County003Taylorsville1847Caldwell County, Iredell County, and Wilkes CountyWilliam J. Alexander, member of the legislature and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons700437087000000000037,0877002263000000000000263 sq mi
(7002681000000000000681 km2)
State map highlighting Alexander County

Alleghany County005Sparta1859Ashe CountyDerived from a corruption of the Delaware Indian name for the Allegheny and Ohio Rivers and is said to have meant "a fine stream"700411052000000000011,0527002236000000000000236 sq mi
(7002611000000000000611 km2)
State map highlighting Alleghany County

Anson County007Wadesboro1750Bladen CountyGeorge, Lord Anson (1697–1762), a celebrated English admiral who circumnavigated the globe700426143000000000026,1437002537000000000000537 sq mi
(70031391000000000001,391 km2)
State map highlighting Anson County

Ashe County009Jefferson1799Wilkes CountySamuel Ashe (1725–1813), a Revolutionary patriot, superior court judge, and governor of North Carolina700427143000000000027,1437002427000000000000427 sq mi
(70031106000000000001,106 km2)
State map highlighting Ashe County

Avery County011Newland1911Caldwell County, Mitchell County, and Watauga CountyWaightstill Avery (1741–1821), a soldier of the Revolution and Attorney General of North Carolina700417572000000000017,5727002247000000000000247 sq mi
(7002640000000000000640 km2)
State map highlighting Avery County

Beaufort County013Washington1712Original countyHenry Somerset, Duke of Beaufort, who in 1709 became one of the Lords Proprietor700447691000000000047,6917002959000000000000959 sq mi
(70032484000000000002,484 km2)
State map highlighting Beaufort County

Bertie County015Windsor1722Chowan CountyJames or Henry Bertie, two Lords Proprietor of colonial North Carolina700420874000000000020,8747002741000000000000741 sq mi
(70031919000000000001,919 km2)
State map highlighting Bertie County

Bladen County017Elizabethtown1734New Hanover CountyMartin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade700435190000000000035,1907002887000000000000887 sq mi
(70032297000000000002,297 km2)
State map highlighting Bladen County

Brunswick County019Bolivia1764Bladen County and New Hanover CountyGeorge I of Great Britain (1660–1727), Duke of Brunswick and Lüneburg7005110097000000000110,09770031050000000000001,050 sq mi
(70032719000000000002,719 km2)
State map highlighting Brunswick County

Buncombe County021Asheville1791Burke County and Rutherford CountyEdward Buncombe, a Revolutionary soldier, who was wounded and captured at the Battle of Germantown, and died a paroled prisoner in Philadelphia7005241419000000000241,4197002660000000000000660 sq mi
(70031709000000000001,709 km2)
State map highlighting Buncombe County

Burke County023Morganton1777Rowan CountyThomas Burke (1747–1783), a member of the Continental Congress and governor of North Carolina700490904000000000090,9047002515000000000000515 sq mi
(70031334000000000001,334 km2)
State map highlighting Burke County

Cabarrus County025Concord1792Mecklenburg CountyStephen Cabarrus (1754–1808), member of the legislature and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons7005181468000000000181,4687002365000000000000365 sq mi
(7002945000000000000945 km2)
State map highlighting Cabarrus County

Caldwell County027Lenoir1841Burke County and Wilkes CountyJoseph Caldwell (1773–1835), the first president of the University of North Carolina700482395000000000082,3957002474000000000000474 sq mi
(70031228000000000001,228 km2)
State map highlighting Caldwell County

Camden County029Camden1777Pasquotank CountyCharles Pratt, 1st Earl Camden (1714–1794), who opposed the taxation of the American colonists700410014000000000010,0147002306000000000000306 sq mi
(7002793000000000000793 km2)
State map highlighting Camden County

Carteret County031Beaufort1722Craven CountyJohn Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (1690–1763), who inherited one-eighth share in the Province of Carolina through his great-grandfather George Carteret700467373000000000067,37370031341000000000001,341 sq mi
(70033473000000000003,473 km2)
State map highlighting Carteret County

Caswell County033Yanceyville1777Orange CountyRichard Caswell (1729–1789), member of the first Continental Congress and first governor of North Carolina after the Declaration of Independence700423403000000000023,4037002428000000000000428 sq mi
(70031109000000000001,109 km2)
State map highlighting Caswell County

Catawba County035Newton1842Lincoln CountyCatawba Nation7005154181000000000154,1817002414000000000000414 sq mi
(70031072000000000001,072 km2)
State map highlighting Catawba County

Chatham County037Pittsboro1771Orange CountyWilliam Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778), Secretary of State during the French and Indian War and was later Prime Minister of Great Britain700464195000000000064,1957002709000000000000709 sq mi
(70031836000000000001,836 km2)
State map highlighting Chatham County

Cherokee County039Murphy1839Macon CountyCherokee Nation700427194000000000027,1947002497000000000000497 sq mi
(70031287000000000001,287 km2)
State map highlighting Cherokee County

Chowan County041Edenton1668Albemarle CountyChowan Native American tribe700414831000000000014,8317002233000000000000233 sq mi
(7002603000000000000603 km2)
State map highlighting Chowan County

Clay County043Hayesville1861Cherokee CountyHenry Clay (1777–1852), statesman and orator who represented Kentucky in both the House of Representatives and Senate700410563000000000010,5637002221000000000000221 sq mi
(7002572000000000000572 km2)
State map highlighting Clay County

Cleveland County045Shelby1841Lincoln County and Rutherford CountyBenjamin Cleveland (1738–1806), a colonel in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain700497489000000000097,4897002469000000000000469 sq mi
(70031215000000000001,215 km2)
State map highlighting Cleveland County

Columbus County047Whiteville1808Bladen County and Brunswick CountyChristopher Columbus (1451–1507), navigator, explorer, and one of the first Europeans to explore the Americas700457712000000000057,7127002954000000000000954 sq mi
(70032471000000000002,471 km2)
State map highlighting Columbus County

Craven County049New Bern1705Bath CountyWilliam Craven, 1st Earl of Craven (1608–1697), who was a Lords Proprietor of colonial North Carolina7005104786000000000104,7867002774000000000000774 sq mi
(70032005000000000002,005 km2)
State map highlighting Craven County

Cumberland County051Fayetteville1754Bladen CountyPrince William, Duke of Cumberland (1721–1765), a military leader and son of George II7005324885000000000324,8857002658000000000000658 sq mi
(70031704000000000001,704 km2)
State map highlighting Cumberland County

Currituck County053Currituck1668Albemarle CountyTraditionally said to be an American Indian word for wild geese, also rendered "Coratank"700423955000000000023,9557002526000000000000526 sq mi
(70031362000000000001,362 km2)
State map highlighting Currituck County

Dare County055Manteo1870Currituck County, Hyde County, and Tyrrell CountyVirginia Dare (b. 1587), the first child born of English parents in America700434307000000000034,30770031562000000000001,562 sq mi
(70034046000000000004,046 km2)
State map highlighting Dare County

Davidson County057Lexington1822Rowan CountyWilliam Lee Davidson (1746–1781), an American Revolutionary War general who was mortally wounded at Cowan's Ford7005162695000000000162,6957002567000000000000567 sq mi
(70031469000000000001,469 km2)
State map highlighting Davidson County

Davie County059Mocksville1836Rowan CountyWilliam Richardson Davie (1756–1820), a member of the Federal Convention and governor of North Carolina700441552000000000041,5527002267000000000000267 sq mi
(7002692000000000000692 km2)
State map highlighting Davie County

Duplin County061Kenansville1750New Hanover CountyThomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin (1710–1787), who was the 9th Earl of Kinnoull700459542000000000059,5427002819000000000000819 sq mi
(70032121000000000002,121 km2)
State map highlighting Duplin County

Durham County063Durham1881Orange County and Wake CountyThe city of Durham which was named in honor of Dr. Bartlett Snipes Durham who donated the land on which the railroad station was located7005273392000000000273,3927002298000000000000298 sq mi
(7002772000000000000772 km2)
State map highlighting Durham County

Edgecombe County065Tarboro1741Bertie CountyRichard Edgcumbe, 1st Baron Edgcumbe (1680–1758), a Lord High Treasurer and Paymaster-General for Ireland700456041000000000056,0417002507000000000000507 sq mi
(70031313000000000001,313 km2)
State map highlighting Edgecombe County

Forsyth County067Winston-Salem1849Stokes CountyBenjamin Forsyth (d. 1814), an American officer during the War of 18127005354952000000000354,9527002413000000000000413 sq mi
(70031070000000000001,070 km2)
State map highlighting Forsyth County

Franklin County069Louisburg1779Bute CountyBenjamin Franklin (1706–1790), an author, politician, statesman, and Founding Father of the United States700461140000000000061,1407002495000000000000495 sq mi
(70031282000000000001,282 km2)
State map highlighting Franklin County

Gaston County071Gastonia1846Lincoln CountyWilliam Gaston (1778–1844), a United States Congressman and justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court7005207031000000000207,0317002364000000000000364 sq mi
(7002943000000000000943 km2)
State map highlighting Gaston County

Gates County073Gatesville1779Chowan County, Hertford County, and Perquimans CountyHoratio Gates (1727–1806), an American general during the Revolution at the Battle of Saratoga700412043000000000012,0437002346000000000000346 sq mi
(7002896000000000000896 km2)
State map highlighting Gates County

Graham County075Robbinsville1872Cherokee CountyWilliam Alexander Graham (1804–1875), a United States Senator, governor of North Carolina, and United States Secretary of the Navy70038802000000000008,8027002302000000000000302 sq mi
(7002782000000000000782 km2)
State map highlighting Graham County

Granville County077Oxford1746Edgecombe CountyJohn Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville (1690–1763), who inherited one-eighth share in the Province of Carolina through his great-grandfather George Carteret700459976000000000059,9767002537000000000000537 sq mi
(70031391000000000001,391 km2)
State map highlighting Granville County

Greene County079Snow Hill1799Dobbs County
Originally named Glasgow County
Nathanael Greene (1742–1786), a major general of the Continental Army in the American Revolutionary War700421556000000000021,5567002266000000000000266 sq mi
(7002689000000000000689 km2)
State map highlighting Greene County

Guilford County081Greensboro1771Orange County and Rowan CountyFrancis North, 1st Earl of Guilford (1704–1790), a British politician and father of Prime Minister of Great Britain Frederick North7005495279000000000495,2797002658000000000000658 sq mi
(70031704000000000001,704 km2)
State map highlighting Guilford County

Halifax County083Halifax1758Edgecombe CountyGeorge Montagu-Dunk, 2nd Earl of Halifax (1716–1771), a British statesman and President of the Board of Trade700454173000000000054,1737002731000000000000731 sq mi
(70031893000000000001,893 km2)
State map highlighting Halifax County

Harnett County085Lillington1855Cumberland CountyCornelius Harnett (1723–1781), an American Revolutionary and delegate in the Continental Congress7005119256000000000119,2567002601000000000000601 sq mi
(70031557000000000001,557 km2)
State map highlighting Harnett County

Haywood County087Waynesville1808Buncombe CountyJohn Haywood (1754–1827), a North Carolina State Treasurer700458855000000000058,8557002555000000000000555 sq mi
(70031437000000000001,437 km2)
State map highlighting Haywood County

Henderson County089Hendersonville1838Buncombe CountyLeonard Henderson (1772–1833), Chief Justice of the North Carolina Supreme Court7005107927000000000107,9277002375000000000000375 sq mi
(7002971000000000000971 km2)
State map highlighting Henderson County

Hertford County091Winton1759Bertie County, Chowan County, and Northampton CountyFrancis Seymour-Conway, 1st Marquess of Hertford (1718–1794), who was Lord of the Bedchamber to George II and George III700424433000000000024,4337002360000000000000360 sq mi
(7002932000000000000932 km2)
State map highlighting Hertford County

Hoke County093Raeford1911Cumberland County and Robeson CountyRobert Hoke (1837–1912), a Confederate general during the American Civil War700449272000000000049,2727002392000000000000392 sq mi
(70031015000000000001,015 km2)
State map highlighting Hoke County

Hyde County095Swan Quarter1712Original county
Originally named Wickham County
Edward Hyde (c. 1650–1712), a governor of colonial North Carolina70035822000000000005,82270031424000000000001,424 sq mi
(70033688000000000003,688 km2)
State map highlighting Hyde County

Iredell County097Statesville1788Rowan CountyJames Iredell (1751–1799), a comptroller at the port of Edenton and one of the original justices of the Supreme Court of the United States7005161202000000000161,2027002597000000000000597 sq mi
(70031546000000000001,546 km2)
State map highlighting Iredell County

Jackson County099Sylva1851Haywood County and Macon CountyAndrew Jackson (1767–1845), the 7th President of the United States700440285000000000040,2857002494000000000000494 sq mi
(70031279000000000001,279 km2)
State map highlighting Jackson County

Johnston County101Smithfield1746Craven CountyGabriel Johnston (1699–1752), a governor of colonial North Carolina7005172595000000000172,5957002796000000000000796 sq mi
(70032062000000000002,062 km2)
State map highlighting Johnston County

Jones County103Trenton1778Craven CountyWillie Jones (1740–1801), opposed the ratification of the United States Constitution and declined an invitation to the Constitutional Convention700410020000000000010,0207002473000000000000473 sq mi
(70031225000000000001,225 km2)
State map highlighting Jones County

Lee County105Sanford1907Chatham County and Moore CountyRobert E. Lee (1807–1870), a career United States Army officer and general of the Confederate forces during the American Civil War700458752000000000058,7527002259000000000000259 sq mi
(7002671000000000000671 km2)
State map highlighting Lee County

Lenoir County107Kinston1791Dobbs County
Originally named Glasgow County
William Lenoir (1751–1839), a captain in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain700459339000000000059,3397002402000000000000402 sq mi
(70031041000000000001,041 km2)
State map highlighting Lenoir County

Lincoln County109Lincolnton1779Tryon CountyBenjamin Lincoln (1733–1810), a major general during the American Revolutionary War who participated in the Siege of Yorktown700478932000000000078,9327002307000000000000307 sq mi
(7002795000000000000795 km2)
State map highlighting Lincoln County

McDowell County111Marion1842Burke County and Rutherford CountyJoseph McDowell (1756–1801), a soldier in the American Revolutionary War who took part in the Battle of Kings Mountain700445104000000000045,1047002446000000000000446 sq mi
(70031155000000000001,155 km2)
State map highlighting McDowell County

Macon County113Franklin1828Haywood CountyNathaniel Macon (1758–1837), a member and Speaker of the United States House of Representatives700434074000000000034,0747002519000000000000519 sq mi
(70031344000000000001,344 km2)
State map highlighting Macon County

Madison County115Marshall1851Buncombe County and Yancey CountyJames Madison (1751–1836), the 4th President of the United States700420816000000000020,8167002452000000000000452 sq mi
(70031171000000000001,171 km2)
State map highlighting Madison County

Martin County117Williamston1774Halifax County and Tyrrell CountyJosiah Martin (1737–1786), the last governor of colonial North Carolina700424180000000000024,1807002461000000000000461 sq mi
(70031194000000000001,194 km2)
State map highlighting Martin County

Mecklenburg County119Charlotte1762Anson CountyCharlotte of Mecklenburg-Strelitz (1744–1818), the queen consort of George III of the United Kingdom7005944373000000000944,3737002546000000000000546 sq mi
(70031414000000000001,414 km2)
State map highlighting Mecklenburg County

Mitchell County121Bakersville1861Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey CountyElisha Mitchell (1793–1857), a professor at the University of North Carolina who measured the height of Mount Mitchell700415445000000000015,4457002222000000000000222 sq mi
(7002575000000000000575 km2)
State map highlighting Mitchell County

Montgomery County123Troy1779Anson CountyRichard Montgomery (1738–1775), a major general during the Revolutionary War who was killed at the Battle of Quebec700427667000000000027,6677002502000000000000502 sq mi
(70031300000000000001,300 km2)
State map highlighting Montgomery County

Moore County125Carthage1784Cumberland CountyAlfred Moore (1755–1810), a captain in the Revolutionary War and justice of the Supreme Court of the United States700489352000000000089,3527002706000000000000706 sq mi
(70031829000000000001,829 km2)
State map highlighting Moore County

Nash County127Nashville1777Edgecombe CountyFrancis Nash (1742–1777), a brigadier general in the Revolutionary War who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Germantown700496116000000000096,1167002543000000000000543 sq mi
(70031406000000000001,406 km2)
State map highlighting Nash County

New Hanover County129Wilmington1729Craven CountyThe royal family of England, members of the House of Hanover7005206189000000000206,1897002328000000000000328 sq mi
(7002850000000000000850 km2)
State map highlighting New Hanover County

Northampton County131Jackson1741Bertie CountyJames Compton, 5th Earl of Northampton (1687–1754), a British peer and politician700421893000000000021,8937002551000000000000551 sq mi
(70031427000000000001,427 km2)
State map highlighting Northampton County

Onslow County133Jacksonville1734New Hanover CountyArthur Onslow (1691–1768), Speaker of the British House of Commons7005179716000000000179,7167002909000000000000909 sq mi
(70032354000000000002,354 km2)
State map highlighting Onslow County

Orange County135Hillsborough1752Bladen County, Granville County, and Johnston CountyWilliam V, Prince of Orange (1748–1806), the last Stadtholder of the Dutch Republic7005135755000000000135,7557002401000000000000401 sq mi
(70031039000000000001,039 km2)
State map highlighting Orange County

Pamlico County137Bayboro1872Beaufort County and Craven CountyPamlico Sound and the Pamlico Native American tribe700413197000000000013,1977002566000000000000566 sq mi
(70031466000000000001,466 km2)
State map highlighting Pamlico County

Pasquotank County139Elizabeth City1668Albemarle CountyDerived from the Native American word pasketanki which meant "where the current of the stream divides or forks"700440696000000000040,6967002289000000000000289 sq mi
(7002749000000000000749 km2)
State map highlighting Pasquotank County

Pender County141Burgaw1875New Hanover CountyWilliam Dorsey Pender (1834–1863), Confederate soldier who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Gettysburg of the American Civil War700453399000000000053,3997002933000000000000933 sq mi
(70032416000000000002,416 km2)
State map highlighting Pender County

Perquimans County143Hertford1668Albemarle CountyPerquimans Native American tribe700413487000000000013,4877002329000000000000329 sq mi
(7002852000000000000852 km2)
State map highlighting Perquimans County

Person County145Roxboro1791Caswell CountyThomas Person, an American Revolutionary War patriot700439637000000000039,6377002404000000000000404 sq mi
(70031046000000000001,046 km2)
State map highlighting Person County

Pitt County147Greenville1760Beaufort CountyWilliam Pitt, 1st Earl of Chatham (1708–1778), Secretary of State during the French and Indian War and was later Prime Minister of Great Britain7005171134000000000171,1347002655000000000000655 sq mi
(70031696000000000001,696 km2)
State map highlighting Pitt County

Polk County149Columbus1855Henderson County and Rutherford CountyWilliam Polk (1758–1834), officer in the American Revolutionary War and first president of the State Bank of North Carolina700420256000000000020,2567002239000000000000239 sq mi
(7002619000000000000619 km2)
State map highlighting Polk County

Randolph County151Asheboro1779Guilford CountyPeyton Randolph (c. 1721–1755), the first President of the Continental Congress7005142358000000000142,3587002790000000000000790 sq mi
(70032046000000000002,046 km2)
State map highlighting Randolph County

Richmond County153Rockingham1779Anson CountyCharles Lennox, 3rd Duke of Richmond (1735–1806), a firm supporter of the American colonists and advocated removal of British troops700446611000000000046,6117002480000000000000480 sq mi
(70031243000000000001,243 km2)
State map highlighting Richmond County

Robeson County155Lumberton1787Bladen CountyThomas Robeson, an officer in the American Revolutionary War7005135517000000000135,5177002951000000000000951 sq mi
(70032463000000000002,463 km2)
State map highlighting Robeson County

Rockingham County157Wentworth1785Guilford CountyCharles Watson-Wentworth, 2nd Marquess of Rockingham (1730–1782), a British statesmen and two-time Prime Minister of Great Britain700493329000000000093,3297002572000000000000572 sq mi
(70031481000000000001,481 km2)
State map highlighting Rockingham County

Rowan County159Salisbury1753Anson CountyMatthew Rowan (d. 1769), was the acting Governor of colonial North Carolina following the death of Governor Nathaniel Rice7005138019000000000138,0197002524000000000000524 sq mi
(70031357000000000001,357 km2)
State map highlighting Rowan County

Rutherford County161Rutherfordton1779Tryon CountyGriffith Rutherford (c. 1721–1805), an officer in the American Revolutionary War and a political leader in North Carolina700467538000000000067,5387002566000000000000566 sq mi
(70031466000000000001,466 km2)
State map highlighting Rutherford County

Sampson County163Clinton1784Duplin CountyJohn Sampson, a member of Josiah Martin's council700463734000000000063,7347002947000000000000947 sq mi
(70032453000000000002,453 km2)
State map highlighting Sampson County

Scotland County165Laurinburg1899Richmond CountyThe country Scotland, part of the United Kingdom700435861000000000035,8617002321000000000000321 sq mi
(7002831000000000000831 km2)
State map highlighting Scotland County

Stanly County167Albemarle1841Montgomery CountyJohn Stanly (1774–1834), a United States Congressman and Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons700460636000000000060,6367002404000000000000404 sq mi
(70031046000000000001,046 km2)
State map highlighting Stanly County

Stokes County169Danbury1789Surry CountyJohn Stokes, a soldier of the Revolution who was seriously wounded at the Waxhaw massacre700447242000000000047,2427002456000000000000456 sq mi
(70031181000000000001,181 km2)
State map highlighting Stokes County

Surry County171Dobson1771Rowan CountyThe county of Surrey in England, birthplace of then governor William Tryon700473714000000000073,7147002538000000000000538 sq mi
(70031393000000000001,393 km2)
State map highlighting Surry County

Swain County173Bryson City1871Jackson County and Macon CountyDavid Lowry Swain (1801–1868), a governor of North Carolina and president of the University of North Carolina700414043000000000014,0437002541000000000000541 sq mi
(70031401000000000001,401 km2)
State map highlighting Swain County

Transylvania County175Brevard1861Henderson County and Jackson CountyDerived from the Latin words, trans meaning across and sylva meaning woods700432820000000000032,8207002381000000000000381 sq mi
(7002987000000000000987 km2)
State map highlighting Transylvania County

Tyrrell County177Columbia1729Chowan County, Currituck County, and Pasquotank CountyJohn Tyrrell, at one time was a Lords Proprietor70034364000000000004,3647002600000000000000600 sq mi
(70031554000000000001,554 km2)
State map highlighting Tyrrell County

Union County179Monroe1842Anson County and Mecklenburg CountyCreated as a compromise after a dispute between local Whigs and Democrats as to whether it should be named Clay or Jackson county7005205463000000000205,4637002640000000000000640 sq mi
(70031658000000000001,658 km2)
State map highlighting Union County

Vance County181Henderson1881Franklin County, Granville County, and Warren CountyZebulon Baird Vance (1830–1894), a Confederate military officer in the American Civil War, twice governor of North Carolina, and United States Senator700445307000000000045,3077002270000000000000270 sq mi
(7002699000000000000699 km2)
State map highlighting Vance County

Wake County183Raleigh1771Cumberland County, Johnston County, and Orange CountyMargaret Wake, the wife of British colonial governor William Tryon7005929780000000000929,7807002857000000000000857 sq mi
(70032220000000000002,220 km2)
State map highlighting Wake County

Warren County185Warrenton1779Bute CountyJoseph Warren (1741–1775), a Patriot and volunteer private who was mortally wounded at the Battle of Bunker Hill700420861000000000020,8617002444000000000000444 sq mi
(70031150000000000001,150 km2)
State map highlighting Warren County

Washington County187Plymouth1799Tyrrell CountyGeorge Washington (1732–1799), the 1st President of the United States700412973000000000012,9737002424000000000000424 sq mi
(70031098000000000001,098 km2)
State map highlighting Washington County

Watauga County189Boone1849Ashe County, Caldwell County, Wilkes County, and Yancey CountyThe Watauga River, which came from a Native American word meaning "beautiful water"700451333000000000051,3337002313000000000000313 sq mi
(7002811000000000000811 km2)
State map highlighting Watauga County

Wayne County191Goldsboro1779Dobbs County
Originally named Glasgow County
Anthony Wayne (1745–1796), a general in the American Revolutionary War7005123697000000000123,6977002557000000000000557 sq mi
(70031443000000000001,443 km2)
State map highlighting Wayne County

Wilkes County193Wilkesboro1777Surry CountyJohn Wilkes (1725–1797), an English radical, journalist and politician700468984000000000068,9847002760000000000000760 sq mi
(70031968000000000001,968 km2)
State map highlighting Wilkes County

Wilson County195Wilson1855Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne CountyLouis D. Wilson, a state legislator from Edgecombe County who died of fever at Veracruz during the Mexican-American War700481452000000000081,4527002374000000000000374 sq mi
(7002969000000000000969 km2)
State map highlighting Wilson County

Yadkin County197Yadkinville1850Surry CountyThe Yadkin River700438279000000000038,2797002337000000000000337 sq mi
(7002873000000000000873 km2)
State map highlighting Yadkin County

Yancey County199Burnsville1833Buncombe County and Burke CountyBartlett Yancey (1785–1828), a United States Congressman, Speaker of the North Carolina Senate, and early advocate for the North Carolina Public School System700417701000000000017,7017002313000000000000313 sq mi
(7002811000000000000811 km2)
State map highlighting Yancey County


Counties of North Carolina.

Historic counties

Albemarle County1664[8]1689[8]Partitioned into Chowan County, Currituck County, Pasquotank County, and Perquimans County
Bath County1696[9]1739[9]Renamed as Craven County
Bute County1764[10]1779[10]Partitioned into Franklin County and Warren County
Dobbs County1758[11]1791[11]Partitioned into Greene County, Lenoir County, and Wayne County
Tryon County1768[12]1779[12]Partitioned into Lincoln County and Rutherford County

See also


  1. ^ "How Many Counties are in Your State?". Click and Learn. Retrieved 2009-08-26. 
  2. ^ a b "EPA County FIPS Code Listing". US Environmental Protection Agency. Retrieved 2008-02-06. 
  3. ^ a b c d "NACo – Find a county". National Association of Counties. 
  4. ^ a b "County Histories". The State Library of North Carolina. Retrieved 2011-08-31. 
  5. ^ a b "North Carolina QuickFacts". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-02-06.  (2000 Census)
  6. ^ "Census Tables for 2009". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-02-15. 
  7. ^ "2010 Census". U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-03-02. 
  8. ^ a b "Historic Albemarle County North Carolina Genealogy". USGenNet. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  9. ^ a b "Historic Bath County North Carolina Genealogy". USGenNet. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  10. ^ a b "Bute Co., North Carolina GenWeb 1764–1779". RootsWeb. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  11. ^ a b "Dobbs County, NC GenWeb Archives". USGenWeb. Retrieved 2008-07-24. 
  12. ^ a b "Finding Tryon County Ancestors". Gaston-Lincoln Regional Library System. Retrieved 2011-08-31.