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Erwin, North Carolina
Downtown Erwin
Downtown Erwin
"Front Porch Friends"
Location of Erwin, North Carolina
Location of Erwin, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Harnett
 • Total 4.25 sq mi (11.02 km2)
 • Land 4.22 sq mi (10.92 km2)
 • Water 0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
187 ft (57 m)
 • Total 4,405
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,222.96/sq mi (472.21/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-21740
GNIS feature ID 1020169

Erwin, formerly named Duke, is a town that is located in the eastern part of Harnett County, North Carolina, United States, located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) from Dunn, North Carolina and approximately 20 miles (32 km) from Fayetteville, North Carolina. The city is a part of the Dunn, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is additionally a part of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Cary, NC CSA, according to the United States Census Bureau. Currently, the city has a population of 5,270 as of the 2020 census. Its current mayor is Patsy Carson, who has been the mayor since c. 2005.


In the colonial days of Erwin, then named Duke, the town of Aversboro was built as a warsite. Over the years, Aversboro was the site of the Civil war.In 1904, the Duke family built the iconic Erwin Cotton Mill, but closed in 2000. Duke named the town after his last name, Duke. In 1925, Duke was changed to Erwin because of the formation of Duke University. Oak Grove and the Averasboro Battlefield Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.


Erwin is located at 35°19′22″N 78°40′19″W / 35.32278°N 78.67194°W / 35.32278; -78.67194 (35.322840, −78.672005).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.1 square miles (11 km2), of which, 4.0 square miles (10 km2) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2) of it (0.99%) is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1950 3,344
1960 3,183 −4.8%
1970 2,852 −10.4%
1980 2,828 −0.8%
1990 4,061 43.6%
2000 4,537 11.7%
2010 4,405 −2.9%
2019 (est.) 5,156 17.0%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 4,537 people, 1,896 households, and 1,287 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,128.8 people per square mile (435.8/km2). There were 2,032 housing units at an average density of 505.6 per square mile (195.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 80.63% White, 15.96% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 1.79% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.14% of the population.

There were 1,896 households, out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. Of all households, 28.3% were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,521, and the median income for a family was $41,270. Males had a median income of $29,610 versus $22,650 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,282. About 16.4% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 31.3% of those age 65 or over.

Erwin currently has two schools: Erwin Elementary at Gentry (until December 22, 2021), and Triton High School.


In early 2012, Erwin became home to the tallest sphere-topped water tower. The 219.75 foot structure is about eight feet taller than the previous record holder, the Union Watersphere in Union, New Jersey.


Higher education

Campbell University

Central Carolina Community College

Public school

High school

Triton High School (North Carolina)

Middle school

Coats-Erwin Middle

Elementary school

Erwin Elementary: Merged with Gentry Primary temporarily until December 22, 2021, where it will return to its main grounds.


By road

US 421: The highway enters the city from the northwest, and continues into Dunn, North Carolina, where it meets with I-95, a major north–south highway across the East Coast.

NC 217: This short highway enters the city from the south, and its northern terminus is to the north of the city, where it intersects with US 421.

NC 82: This highway also enters the city from the south, and it meets with NC 217 through the center of Erwin, known as 13th Street. The highway, with NC 217, ends at US 421 in the northern part of the city.

By air

Harnett Regional Jetport is the only airport in the city, which is 10 miles near Buies Creek, NC. The airport currently does not support any airlines yet.

RDU Airport: Although not in the city, the airport serves the Triangle area, which includes Erwin.

By transit

There are no public transportation services that currently service the city.

Carpool services, such as Uber or Lyft are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to and from the city.

Notable people

  • Al Woodall, NFL quarterback

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