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Counties in North Carolina - The Master List

Updated on October 29, 2007

North Carolina has 100 counties, the eighth most of any state in America. Up until 1729, the state was part of the Province of Carolina, along with the area which would later become South Carolina.

Below is a listing of all 100 counties, along with the county seat and the year it was created. This page will be updated and used as a starting point for future links containing more detailed information on each county.

County / County Seat / Year Created

  • Alamance County : Graham - 1849
  • Alexander County : Taylorsville - 1847
  • Alleghany County : Sparta - 1859
  • Anson County : Wadesboro - 1750
  • Ashe County : Jefferson - 1799
  • Avery County : Newland - 1911
  • Beaufort County : Washington - 1712
  • Bertie County : Windsor - 1722
  • Bladen County : Elizabethtown - 1734
  • Brunswick County : Bolivia - 1764
  • Buncombe County : Asheville - 1791
  • Burke County : Morganton - 1777
  • Cabarrus County : Concord - 1792
  • Caldwell County : Lenoir - 1841
  • Camden County : Camden - 1777
  • Carteret County : Beaufort - 1722
  • Caswell County : Yanceyville - 1777
  • Catawba County : Newton - 1842
  • Chatham County : Pittsboro - 1771
  • Cherokee County : Murphy - 1839
  • Chowan County : Edenton - 1668
  • Clay County : Hayesville - 1861
  • Cleveland County : Shelby - 1841
  • Columbus County : Whiteville - 1808
  • Craven County : New Bern - 1712
  • Cumberland County : Fayetteville - 1754
  • Currituck County ; Currituck - 1668
  • Dare County : Manteo - 1870
  • Davidson County : Lexington - 1822
  • Davie County : Mocksville - 1836
  • Duplin County : Kenansville - 1750
  • Durham County : Durham - 1881
  • Edgecombe County : Tarboro - 1741
  • Forsyth County : Winston-Salem - 1849
  • Franklin County : Louisburg - 1799
  • Gaston County : Gastonia - 1846
  • Gates County : Gatesville - 1779
  • Graham County : Robbinsville - 1872
  • Granville County : Oxford - 1746
  • Greene County : Snow Hill - 1791
  • Guilford County : Greensboro - 1771
  • Halifax County : Halifax - 1758
  • Harnett County : Lillington - 1855
  • Haywood County : Waynesville - 1808
  • Henderson County : Hendersonville -1838
  • Hertford County : Winton - 1759
  • Hoke County : Raeford - 1911
  • Hyde County : Swan Quarter - 1705
  • Iredell County : Statesville - 1788
  • Jackson County : Sylva - 1851
  • Johnston County : Smithfield - 1746
  • Jones County : Trenton - 1779
  • Lee County : Sanford - 1907
  • Lenoir County : Kinston - 1791
  • Lincoln County : Lincolnton - 1779
  • McDowell County : Marion - 1842
  • Macon County : Franklin - 1828
  • Madison County : Marshall - 1851
  • Martin County : Williamston - 1774
  • Mecklenburg County : Charlotte - 1762
  • Mitchell County : Bakersville - 1861
  • Montgomery County : Troy - 1779
  • Moore County : Carthage - 1784
  • Nash County : Nashville - 1777
  • New Hanover County : Wilmington - 1729
  • Northampton County : Jackson - 1741
  • Onslow County : Jacksonville - 1734
  • Orange County : Hillsborough - 1752
  • Pamlico County : Bayboro - 1872
  • Pasquotank County : Elizabeth City - 1668
  • Pender County : Burgaw - 1875
  • Perquimans County : Hertford - 1668
  • Person County : Roxboro - 1791
  • Pitt County : Greenville - 1760
  • Polk County : Columbus - 1855
  • Randolph County : Asheboro - 1779
  • Richmond County : Rockingham - 1779
  • Robeson County : Lumberton - 1787
  • Rockingham County : Wentworth - 1785
  • Rowan County : Salisbury - 1753
  • Rutherford County : Rutherfordton - 1779
  • Sampson County : Clinton - 1784
  • Scotland County : Laurinburg - 1899
  • Stanly County : Albemarle - 1841
  • Stokes County : Danbury - 1789
  • Surry County : Dobson - 1771
  • Swain County : Bryson City - 1871
  • Transylvania County : Brevard - 1861
  • Tyrrell County : Columbia - 1729
  • Union County : Monroe - 1842
  • Vance County : Henderson - 1881
  • Wake County : Raleigh - 1771
  • Warren County : Warrenton - 1779
  • Washington County : Plymouth - 1799
  • Watauga County : Boone - 1849
  • Wayne County : Goldsboro - 1779
  • Wilkes County : Wilkesboro - 1778
  • Wilson County : Wilson - 1855
  • Yadkin County : Yadkinville - 1850
  • Yancey County : Burnsville - 1833

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