Largest Counties in North Carolina

Rank County Population County Seat Established Area (km2) Density
1 Mecklenburg County 1,034,279 Charlotte 1762 1,414 731.46
2 Wake County 1,023,800 Raleigh 1771 2,220 461.17
3 Guilford County 517,186 Greensboro 1771 1,704 303.51
4 Forsyth County 368,351 Winston Salem 1849 1,070 344.25
5 Cumberland County 332,755 Fayetteville 1754 1,704 195.28
6 Durham County 300,854 Durham 1881 772 389.71
7 Buncombe County 252,257 Asheville 1791 1,709 147.61
8 Union County 222,084 Monroe 1842 1,658 133.95
9 New Hanover County 219,855 Wilmington 1729 850 258.65
10 Gaston County 214,038 Gastonia 1846 943 226.98
11 Cabarrus County 196,705 Concord 1792 945 208.15
12 Onslow County 192,674 Jacksonville 1734 2,354 81.85
13 Johnston County 186,297 Smithfield 1746 2,062 90.35
14 Pitt County 176,473 Greenville 1760 1,696 104.05
15 Iredell County 169,787 Statesville 1788 1,546 109.82
16 Davidson County 164,107 Lexington 1822 1,469 111.71
17 Alamance County 157,833 Graham 1849 1,127 140.05
18 Catawba County 156,171 Newton 1842 1,072 145.68
19 Randolph County 142,816 Asheboro 1779 2,046 69.8
20 Orange County 141,801 Hillsborough 1752 1,039 136.48
21 Rowan County 138,929 Salisbury 1753 1,357 102.38
22 Robeson County 134,176 Lumberton 1787 2,463 54.48
23 Harnett County 128,742 Lillington 1855 1,557 82.69
24 Wayne County 124,485 Goldsboro 1779 1,443 86.27
25 Brunswick County 122,575 Bolivia 1764 2,227 55.04
26 Henderson County 112,145 Hendersonville 1838 971 115.49
27 Craven County 103,363 New Bern 1705 2,005 51.55
28 Cleveland County 97,027 Shelby 1841 1,215 79.86
29 Moore County 94,180 Carthage 1784 1,829 51.49
30 Nash County 94,114 Nashville 1777 1,406 66.94
31 Rockingham County 91,555 Wentworth 1785 1,481 61.82
32 Burke County 88,887 Morganton 1777 1,334 66.63
33 Caldwell County 81,794 Lenoir 1841 1,228 66.61
34 Wilson County 81,368 Wilson 1855 969 83.97
35 Lincoln County 80,493 Lincolnton 1779 795 101.25
36 Surry County 72,304 Dobson 1771 1,393 51.91
37 Carteret County 68,688 Beaufort 1722 3,473 19.78
38 Wilkes County 68,514 Wilkesboro 1777 1,968 34.81
39 Chatham County 68,353 Pittsboro 1771 1,836 37.23
40 Rutherford County 66,512 Rutherfordton 1779 1,466 45.37
41 Franklin County 63,855 Louisburg 1779 1,282 49.81
42 Sampson County 63,653 Clinton 1784 2,453 25.95
43 Stanly County 60,864 Albemarle 1841 1,046 58.19
44 Haywood County 59,843 Waynesville 1808 1,437 41.64
45 Lee County 59,794 Sanford 1907 671 89.11
46 Duplin County 59,339 Kenansville 1750 2,121 27.98
47 Granville County 58,492 Oxford 1746 1,391 42.05
48 Lenoir County 57,923 Kinston 1791 1,041 55.64
49 Pender County 57,619 Burgaw 1875 2,416 23.85
50 Columbus County 56,578 Whiteville 1808 2,471 22.9
51 Edgecombe County 54,021 Tarboro 1741 1,313 41.14
52 Watauga County 53,410 Boone 1849 811 65.86
53 Hoke County 52,560 Raeford 1911 1,015 51.78
54 Halifax County 52,289 Halifax 1758 1,893 27.62
55 Beaufort County 47,305 Washington 1712 2,484 19.04
56 Stokes County 46,113 Danbury 1789 1,181 39.05
57 Richmond County 45,436 Rockingham 1779 1,243 36.55
58 Martin County 45,058 Williamston 1774 1,194 37.74
59 Vance County 44,409 Henderson 1881 699 63.53
60 Davie County 41,755 Mocksville 1836 692 60.34
61 Jackson County 41,714 Sylva 1851 1,279 32.61
62 Pasquotank County 39,535 Elizabeth City 1668 749 52.78
63 Person County 39,229 Roxboro 1791 1,046 37.5
64 Yadkin County 37,814 Yadkinville 1850 873 43.32
65 Alexander County 37,148 Taylorsville 1847 681 54.55
66 Scotland County 35,434 Laurinburg 1899 831 42.64
67 Dare County 35,401 Manteo 1870 4,046 8.75
68 McDowell County 34,149 Marion 1842 1,155 29.57
69 Bladen County 34,119 Elizabethtown 1734 2,297 14.85
70 Transylvania County 33,280 Brevard 1861 987 33.72
71 Cherokee County 27,452 Murphy 1839 1,287 21.33
72 Montgomery County 27,434 Troy 1779 1,300 21.1
73 Ashe County 26,822 Jefferson 1799 1,106 24.25
74 Anson County 25,520 Wadesboro 1750 1,391 18.35
75 Currituck County 25,236 Currituck 1668 1,362 18.53
76 Hertford County 24,251 Winton 1759 932 26.02
77 Madison County 23,216 Marshall 1851 1,171 19.83
78 Caswell County 22,822 Yanceyville 1777 1,109 20.58
79 Macon County 21,336 Franklin 1828 1,344 15.88
80 Greene County 21,048 Snow Hill 1799 689 30.55
81 Polk County 20,423 Columbus 1855 619 32.99
82 Northampton County 20,415 Jackson 1741 1,427 14.31
83 Warren County 20,179 Warrenton 1779 1,150 17.55
84 Bertie County 19,902 Windsor 1722 1,919 10.37
85 Yancey County 17,594 Burnsville 1833 811 21.69
86 Avery County 17,524 Newland 1911 640 27.38
87 Mitchell County 15,144 Bakersville 1861 575 26.34
88 Chowan County 14,359 Edenton 1668 603 23.81
89 Swain County 14,197 Bryson City 1871 1,401 10.13
90 Perquimans County 13,495 Hertford 1668 852 15.84
91 Pamlico County 12,792 Bayboro 1872 1,466 8.73
92 Washington County 12,320 Plymouth 1799 1,098 11.22
93 Gates County 11,590 Gatesville 1779 896 12.94
94 Alleghany County 10,924 Sparta 1859 611 17.88
95 Clay County 10,742 Hayesville 1861 572 18.78
96 Camden County 10,325 Camden 1777 793 13.02
97 Jones County 9,765 Trenton 1778 1,225 7.97
98 Graham County 8,596 Robbinsville 1872 782 10.99
99 Hyde County 5,496 Swan Quarter 1712 3,688 1.49
100 Tyrrell County 4,079 Columbia 1729 1,554 2.62

Largest Counties in North Carolina

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