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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 and approximately 20 miles (32 km) from Fayetteville. 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

2020 census

Erwin racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,900 63.85%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 794 17.48%
Native American 28 0.62%
Asian 9 0.2%
Pacific Islander 6 0.13%
Other/Mixed 193 4.25%
Hispanic or Latino 612 13.47%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,542 people, 1,890 households, and 1,254 families residing in the town.


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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