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Scotland 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 1812
Seat Laurinburg
Largest City Laurinburg
Area
 - Total
 - Land
 - Water

320 sq mi (829 km²)
319 sq mi (826 km²)
1.5 sq mi (4 km²), 0.5%
Population
 - (2010)
 - Density

36,157
113/sq mi (44/km²)
Time zone Eastern: UTC-5/-4
Website: www.scotlandcounty.org
Named for: Scotland

Scotland County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 36,157. Its county seat is Laurinburg.

Scotland County comprises the Laurinburg, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Fayetteville-Lumberton-Laurinburg, NC Combined Statistical Area.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 320 square miles (830 km2), of which 319 square miles (830 km2) is land and 1.5 square miles (3.9 km2) (0.5%) is water.

Adjacent Counties

Major highways

  • I-74
  • US 15
  • US 74
  • US 401
  • US 501
  • NC 71
  • NC 79
  • NC 144
  • NC 381

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 12,553
1910 15,363 22.4%
1920 15,600 1.5%
1930 20,174 29.3%
1940 23,232 15.2%
1950 26,336 13.4%
1960 25,183 −4.4%
1970 26,929 6.9%
1980 32,273 19.8%
1990 33,754 4.6%
2000 35,998 6.6%
2010 36,157 0.4%
Est. 2015 35,509 −1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013

As of the census of 2000, there were 35,998 people, 13,399 households, and 9,674 families residing in the county. The population density was 113 people per square mile (44/km²). There were 14,693 housing units at an average density of 46 per square mile (18/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 51.49% White, 37.32% Black or African American, 8.88% Native American, 0.51% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.46% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. 1.18% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

In 2005 49.4% of Scotland County's population was non-Hispanic whites.

In 2000 there were 13,399 households out of which 34.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.10% were married couples living together, 20.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.80% were non-families. 24.40% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.90% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.61 and the average family size was 3.10.

In the county, the population was spread out with 28.10% under the age of 18, 9.50% from 18 to 24, 27.60% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 11.30% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 88.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 83.00 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $31,010, and the median income for a family was $39,178. Males had a median income of $31,212 versus $23,172 for females. The per capita income for the county was $15,693. About 17.40% of families and 20.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 29.80% of those under age 18 and 17.20% of those age 65 or over.

Tourism

Primary tourism draws include:

  • Festivals (Scotland County Highland Games, Storytelling Festival of Carolinas, John Blue Festival)
  • Historical sites (John Blue House (Laurinburg, North Carolina), Old Laurel Hill Church)
  • Museums and heritage (Scotland County Museum, Indian Museum, Scottish Heritage Center)
  • The outdoors (Cypress Bend Vineyards, St. Andrews Equestrian Center, Chalk Banks, Lumber River), and
  • The local college: St. Andrews University.

The county is often referred to as the “Soul of the Carolinas” – as it maintains its historical and personal touch in one of the fastest growing states

Communities

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

City

Towns

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

Townships

  • Laurel Hill
  • Spring Hill
  • Stewartsville
  • Williamson

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