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Fairmont, North Carolina
downtown Fairmont
downtown Fairmont
Official seal of Fairmont, North Carolina
Fairmont, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Fairmont, North Carolina
Fairmont, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Robeson
 • Total 2.75 sq mi (7.11 km2)
 • Land 2.74 sq mi (7.10 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
125 ft (38 m)
 • Total 2,663
 • Estimate 
 • Density 947.81/sq mi (365.90/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-22360
GNIS feature ID 1020194

Fairmont is a town in Robeson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 2,663 at the 2010 Census.


Fairmont, North Carolina
Main Street
Fairmont (NC) Town Hall
Fairmont town hall

Fairmont was founded on the site of the Ashpole Institute, a small private academy, and was chartered in 1899 as Ashpole, then Union City and lastly as Fairmont. The first settlers to this area received land grants from the Lords Proprietors and worked in the logging and naval stores industries producing lumber, turpentine and pitch for ships. The Bufort County Lumber Company opened in the northern section of town in the late 1890s employing 300 men and becoming one of the largest lumber companies in the south. By the late 19th century, a thriving tobacco market had been established as well. The railroads later followed to rapidly move these goods. By the early 20th century, tobacco became king, and by the mid-1950s, Fairmont was considered one of the major tobacco markets in the world. Based upon its 1950 population of a little over 2,000 Fairmont was considered as the "biggest little tobacco market in the world. In 1951 Fairmont sold twice as much tobacco as was grown in Robeson County. As health concerns have affected the sales of tobacco, many local farmers have turned to other cash crops, mainly corn, soybeans and wheat. The Border Belt Farmers Museum was established in 1989 by converting an unused former railroad depot into a vibrant and interesting museum filled with farming, tobacco related, and historical memorabilia. It is open five days a week (M, W, F-11:00-3:00 & T, TH 9-12:00 & 1:00-3:00). The town has recently started promoting itself as "the shortest route to the S.C. beaches" by encouraging motorists traveling south on Interstate 95 to take exit 10. The advertising campaign, utilizing a very prominent billboard on the interstate, has resulted in a higher traffic flow and increased commercial traffic to the community.

Scenes from the movie Arthur Newman were filmed here.

The Fairmont Commercial Historic District was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 2010.


Fairmont is located at 34°29′53″N 79°6′53″W / 34.49806°N 79.11472°W / 34.49806; -79.11472 (34.498004, -79.114713).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.2 square miles (5.7 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 432
1910 730 69.0%
1920 1,000 37.0%
1930 1,314 31.4%
1940 1,993 51.7%
1950 2,319 16.4%
1960 2,286 −1.4%
1970 2,827 23.7%
1980 2,658 −6.0%
1990 2,489 −6.4%
2000 2,604 4.6%
2010 2,663 2.3%
2019 (est.) 2,597 −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Fairmont racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 532 24.28%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,266 57.78%
Native American 272 12.41%
Asian 7 0.32%
Other/Mixed 84 3.83%
Hispanic or Latino 30 1.37%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 2,191 people, 1,046 households, and 644 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the 2010 United States Census, there were 2,663 people living in the town. The racial makeup of the town was 56.0% Black, 26.0% White, 13.3% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 0.1% from some other race and 2.5% from two or more races. 1.9% were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Notable people

  • Joy J. Johnson, Baptist minister and state legislator
  • Effie Neal Jones, civil rights activist
  • Joseph Mitchell, American writer
  • Thomas Avery Nye, Jr., politician

See also

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