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Moore County, North Carolina
Map

Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the USA highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Statistics
Founded 1784
Seat Carthage
Largest village Pinehurst
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

706 sq mi (1,829 km²)
698 sq mi (1,808 km²)
8.0 sq mi (21 km²), 1.1%
PopulationEst.
 - (2015)
 - Density

94,352
126/sq mi (49/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: https://www.moorecountync.gov
Named for: Alfred Moore

Moore County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 88,247. Its county seat is Carthage and its largest town is Pinehurst.

Moore County comprises the Aberdeen- Pinehurst-Southern Pines, North Carolina Micropolitan Statistical Area and is sometimes included in the Research Triangle and Greater Raleigh-Durham CSA. It lies at the northern edge of the area known as the Sandhills region.

History

The county was formed in 1785 from Cumberland County. It was named after Alfred Moore, an officer in the American Revolutionary War and associate justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

In 1907 parts of Moore County and Chatham County were combined to form Lee County.

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.

Geography

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.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 1
  • US 15
  • US 501
  • NC 2
  • NC 5
  • NC 22
  • NC 24
  • NC 27
  • NC 73
  • NC 211
  • NC 705

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1790 3,870
1800 4,767 23.2%
1810 6,367 33.6%
1820 7,128 12.0%
1830 7,745 8.7%
1840 7,988 3.1%
1850 9,342 17.0%
1860 11,427 22.3%
1870 12,040 5.4%
1880 16,821 39.7%
1890 20,479 21.7%
1900 23,622 15.3%
1910 17,010 −28.0%
1920 21,388 25.7%
1930 28,215 31.9%
1940 30,969 9.8%
1950 33,129 7.0%
1960 36,733 10.9%
1970 39,048 6.3%
1980 50,505 29.3%
1990 59,013 16.8%
2000 74,769 26.7%
2010 88,247 18.0%
Est. 2015 94,352 6.9%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2010, there were 88,247 people, 34,625 households, and 21,959 families residing in the county. The population density was 107 people per square mile (41/km²). There were 44,468 housing units at an average density of 50 per square mile (19/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 82.8% White, 13.4% Black or African American, 0.9% Native American, 1.0% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, 2.20% from other races, and 0.88% from two or more races. 6.1% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 78.0% of the county population was non-Hispanic whites. 5.1% of the population was Latino. 14.8% of the population was African-American.

There were 30,713 households out of which 26.70% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.10% were married couples living together, 10.20% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.50% were non-families. 24.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.30% 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 2.81.

In the county, the population was spread out with 21.2% under the age of 18, 6.60% from 18 to 24, 25.80% from 25 to 44, 23.80% from 45 to 64, and 23.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females there were 93.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.80 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $48,348, and the median income for a family was $48,492. Males had a median income of $31,260 versus $23,526 for females. The per capita income for the county was $23,377. About 8.00% of families and 11.40% of the population were below the poverty line, including 16.60% of those under age 18 and 10.10% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Moore County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Moore County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

City

Towns

Villages

Census-designated places

Unincorporated communities

Townships

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

See also: National Register of Historic Places listings in Moore County, North Carolina
  • 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.

Coordinates: 35°19′N 79°29′W / 35.31°N 79.48°W / 35.31; -79.48


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