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Moore County Courthouse, in Carthage
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
|Named for||Alfred Moore|
|• Total||706 sq mi (1,830 km2)|
|• Land||698 sq mi (1,810 km2)|
|• Water||8.0 sq mi (21 km2) 1.1%%|
| • Estimate
|• Density||147.2/sq mi (56.8/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC−5 (Eastern)|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC−4 (EDT)|
In the early years, the economy was dependent on agriculture and lumber. The lumber business expanded after railroads reached the area, improving access to markets. It lies at the northern edge of the area known as the Sandhills region, and developed resorts in the late 19th century, aided by railroads.
Since the early 21st century, Moore County comprises the Aberdeen-Pinehurst-Southern Pines, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area. Moore County is a part of the Fayetteville Combined Statistical Area, which as of 2019 had an estimated population of 854,826, making it the 65th largest CSA in the United States.
Moore County has many golf resorts in the Southern Pines/Pinehurst area, and hosted the 1996 and 2001 Women's U.S. Opens as well as the 1999 and 2005 Men's U.S. Opens. The Women's Open returned to Southern Pines in 2007. In 2014, they consecutively hosted both the Women's and Men's Opens in the same year, a first in U.S. Open history.
Celebrities who frequent or have private homes in the area are Michael Jordan, Tiger Woods, Jack Nicklaus, and Sean Connery. Past residents of the area include Annie Oakley, Harvey Firestone, and John D. Rockefeller.
John Edwards, Charles Brady, Shannon Moore, Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy, were raised in Moore County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 706 square miles (1,830 km2), of which 698 square miles (1,810 km2) is land and 8.0 square miles (21 km2) (1.1%) is water.
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- NC 73
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- NC 705
|U.S. Decennial Census
|Black or African American (non-Hispanic)||10,545||10.57%|
|Hispanic or Latino||7,365||7.39%|
As of the 2020 United States census, there were 99,727 people, 41,530 households, and 27,191 families residing in the county. The population density was 107 people per square mile (41/km2). There were 48,237 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km2).
The county is divided into ten townships, which are both numbered and named:
- 1 (Carthage)
- 2 (Bensalem)
- 3 (Sheffields)
- 4 (Ritter)
- 5 (Deep River)
- 6 (Greenwood)
- 7 (McNeill)
- 8 (Sandhill)
- 9 (Mineral Springs)
- 10 (Little River)
Attractions and places of interest
- Fort Bragg, a large military installation centered in neighboring Cumberland County, also has portions in Moore County.
- Occoneechee Scout Reservation, site of Camp Durant (with facilities) and Camp Reeves (primitive) campgrounds. Located 9 miles west of Carthage.
- Pinehurst Race Track, a horse racing track located in Pinehurst.
- Pinehurst Resort, historic golf resort located in Pinehurst.
- Moore County Courthouse, historic Renaissance Revival courthouse building located in Carthage
- Pottery Road, extending from the neighboring Randolph County, known for a large number of potteries.
- Weymouth Woods-Sandhills Nature Preserve, located near Southern Pines.
|Randolph County||Chatham County||Lee County|
|Montgomery County||Harnett County|
|Moore County, North Carolina|
|Richmond County||Hoke County and Scotland County||Cumberland County|
- Charles Brady (1951- 2006), was raised here. He became a physician, career Navy officer, and NASA astronaut.
- John Edwards, politician, US Senator and former presidential candidate was raised here
- Jeff Hardy and Matt Hardy, brothers, were raised here; they are wrestlers currently working in the WWE -The Hardy Boyz
- Shannon Moore, was raised here; he is a wrestler currently working in the Independent Circuit.
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