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Duplin County
Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville.
Duplin County Courthouse in Kenansville.
Official seal of Duplin County
Map of North Carolina highlighting Duplin County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
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North Carolina's location within the U.S.
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Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1750
Named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin
Seat Kenansville
Largest town Wallace
 • Total 822 sq mi (2,130 km2)
 • Land 816 sq mi (2,110 km2)
 • Water 5.5 sq mi (14 km2)  0.7%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density 72/sq mi (28/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 7th

Duplin County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 58,505. Its county seat is Kenansville.


The county was formed in 1750 from New Hanover County. It was named for Thomas Hay, Viscount Dupplin, later 9th Earl of Kinnoull.

In 1784 the western part of Duplin County became Sampson County.

One of Duplin's favorite sons, John Miller, was a postmaster and merchant in Duplin. He migrated to Leon County, Florida, with other North Carolinians in the 1830s-1840s and established a successful cotton plantation called Miccosukee Plantation.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 822 square miles (2,130 km2), of which 816 square miles (2,110 km2) is land and 5.5 square miles (14 km2) (0.7%) is water.

Adjacent counties


Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 5,663
1800 6,796 20.0%
1810 7,863 15.7%
1820 9,744 23.9%
1830 11,291 15.9%
1840 11,182 −1.0%
1850 13,514 20.9%
1860 15,784 16.8%
1870 15,542 −1.5%
1880 18,773 20.8%
1890 18,690 −0.4%
1900 22,405 19.9%
1910 25,442 13.6%
1920 30,223 18.8%
1930 35,103 16.1%
1940 39,739 13.2%
1950 41,074 3.4%
1960 40,270 −2.0%
1970 38,015 −5.6%
1980 40,952 7.7%
1990 39,995 −2.3%
2000 49,063 22.7%
2010 58,505 19.2%
2018 (est.) 58,856 0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790–1960 1900–1990
1990–2000 2010–2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 49,063 people, 18,267 households, and 13,060 families residing in the county. The population density was 60 people per square mile (23/km2). There were 20,520 housing units at an average density of 25 per square mile (10/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 58.67% White, 28.94% Black or African American, 0.23% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 0.07% Pacific Islander, 10.87% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 15.14% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 18,267 households, out of which 33.20% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 52.20% were married couples living together, 14.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.10% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.63 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 26.10% under the age of 18, 9.60% from 18 to 24, 29.30% from 25 to 44, 22.10% from 45 to 64, and 12.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 98.30 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $29,890, and the median income for a family was $34,760. Males had a median income of $26,212 versus $20,063 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,499. About 15.30% of families and 19.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.50% of those under age 18 and 22.70% of those age 65 or over.


Major highways

  • I-40
  • US 117
  • US 421
  • NC 11
  • NC 24
  • NC 41
  • NC 50
  • NC 111
  • NC 241
  • NC 403
  • NC 903


The following public-use airports are located in the county:

  • Duplin County Airport (DPL) - Kenansville
  • Eagles Nest Airport (6N9) - Potters Hill


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



  • Albertson
  • Cypress Creek
  • Faison
  • Glisson
  • Island Creek
  • Kenansville
  • Limestone
  • Magnolia
  • Rockfish
  • Rose Hill
  • Smith
  • Warsaw
  • Wolfscrape

Census-designated place

Unincorporated communities


Duplin County is important in raising animals for food. It has more hogs than any other county in the United States—2.2 million in 1998, which is greater than the hog population of most states. The county is also the home to a major chicken and turkey industry.

Duplin is also home to Duplin Winery, the oldest winery in North Carolina and the largest winery in the Southeast.


Duplin County is home to James Sprunt Community College.

Notable people

  • Peter Weddick Moore (1859-1934), North Carolina educator and the first president of Elizabeth City State University. Moore was born near Faison, NC, to Weddick and Alecy Thompson Moore, who were both enslaved African Americans.
  • Ruth Faison Shaw (1889–1969), American artist and educator who is credited with introducing finger painting into the United States education system. Shaw was born in Kenansville, NC.
  • Dr. William Dallas Herring (1916-2007), North Carolina educator who was instrumental in the creation of the North Carolina Community College System. Herring was born in Rose Hill, NC.
  • Caleb Davis Bradham (1867-1934), American pharmacist, best known as the inventor of the soft drink Pepsi. Bradham was born in Chinquapin, NC.
  • Parker D. Robbins (1834-1917), American soldier, legislator, inventor, and postmaster. Robbins was of African and Native American descent and considered a "free black." In 1877, he moved to Duplin County and established a cotton gin, sawmill, and built a steamboat. Robbins was born in Bertie County, NC.
  • James Kenan (1740-1810), Colonial and state official; Revolutionary officer; founder of Kenansville, NC; and Sheriff of Duplin County. Kenan was born in Turkey, NC, at his father's plantation, The Lilacs.
  • Benjamin Franklin Grady (1831-1914), US Congressman. Author. Teacher. Farmer. Born near Sarecta, Duplin County October 10, 1831. Teaching mathematics and natural sciences at Austin College in Texas when the Civil War began. Superintendent of public instruction for Duplin County from 1881-1890. In 1891, he was elected for two terms as a United States Representative for the Third District of North Carolina.
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