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Laurinburg, North Carolina
City
Nickname(s): LBG
Location in Scotland County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Scotland County and the state of North Carolina.
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Scotland
Area
 • Total 12.6 sq mi (32.5 km2)
 • Land 12.4 sq mi (32.1 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.4 km2)
Elevation 226 ft (69 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 15,962
 • Density 1,280.2/sq mi (494.3/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28352-28353
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-37220
GNIS feature ID 0988216
Website http://www.laurinburg.org/

Laurinburg is a city in Scotland County, North Carolina, United States. It is the county seat of Scotland County. Located in southern North Carolina near the South Carolina state border, Laurinburg is southwest of Fayetteville and is home to St. Andrews University. The Laurinburg Institute, a historically African-American school, is also located in Laurinburg. The population at the 2010 Census was 15,962 people.

History

The John Blue House, Mag Blue House, Central School, Dr. Evan Alexander Erwin House, E. Hervey Evans House, Thomas J. Gill House, Laurel Hill Presbyterian Church, Laurinburg Commercial Historic District, Stewart-Hawley-Malloy House, and Villa Nova are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Laurinburg is located at 34°45′53″N 79°28′13″W / 34.76472°N 79.47028°W / 34.76472; -79.47028 (34.764663, -79.470146).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 12.6 square miles (33 km2), of which 12.4 square miles (32.1 km²) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.52 km2) (1.27%) is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1880 968
1890 1,357 40.2%
1900 1,334 −1.7%
1910 2,322 74.1%
1920 2,643 13.8%
1930 3,312 25.3%
1940 5,685 71.6%
1950 7,134 25.5%
1960 8,242 15.5%
1970 8,859 7.5%
1980 11,480 29.6%
1990 11,643 1.4%
2000 15,874 36.3%
2010 15,962 0.6%
Est. 2015 15,507 −2.9%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 15,874 people, 6,136 households, and 4,221 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,280.2 people per square mile (494.3/km²). There were 6,603 housing units at an average density of 532.5 per square mile (205.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.54% White, 43.06% African American, 4.23% Native American, 0.76% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 0.35% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.06% of the population.

There were 6,136 households out of which 32.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 41.8% were married couples living together, 23.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.2% were non-families. 27.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.6% under the age of 18, 10.7% from 18 to 24, 25.9% from 25 to 44, 22.7% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 81.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 74.7 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $29,064, and the median income for a family was $37,485. Males had a median income of $31,973 versus $25,243 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,165. About 19.7% of families and 23.6% of the population were below the poverty line, including 35.5% of those under age 18 and 18.6% of those age 65 or over.

The State Bank Building in Laurinburg, North Carolina, June 2011
The State Bank building in downtown Laurinburg.

The state Scotland Correctional Institution, located near the airport, opened in 2003.

Sister cities

Laurinburg has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:

  • Graham, Gael, “‘The Lexington of White Supremacy’: School and Local Politics in Late-Nineteenth-Century Laurinburg, North Carolina,” North Carolina Historical Review, 89 (Jan. 2012), 27–58.

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