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Moore County
Moore County Courthouse, in Carthage
Moore County Courthouse, in Carthage
Map of North Carolina highlighting Moore County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1784
Named for Alfred Moore
Seat Carthage
Largest village Pinehurst
Area
 • Total 706 sq mi (1,830 km2)
 • Land 698 sq mi (1,810 km2)
 • Water 8.0 sq mi (21 km2)  1.1%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
102,763
 • Density 147.2/sq mi (56.8/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Moore County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, its population was 99,727.

Its county seat is Carthage and its largest town is Pinehurst. It is a border county between the Piedmont and the Atlantic Coastal Plain.

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.

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. 2021 102,763 16.4%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

2020 census

Moore County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 75,391 75.6%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 10,545 10.57%
Native American 688 0.69%
Asian 1,237 1.24%
Pacific Islander 59 0.06%
Other/Mixed 4,442 4.45%
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).

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.



Notable people

  • 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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