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Scotland County
The historic E. Hervey Evans House, also known as Thomas Walton Manor, located at Laurinburg
The historic E. Hervey Evans House, also known as Thomas Walton Manor, located at Laurinburg
Map of North Carolina highlighting Scotland 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 1899
Named for Scotland
Seat Laurinburg
Largest city Laurinburg
Area
 • Total 320 sq mi (800 km2)
 • Land 319 sq mi (830 km2)
 • Water 1.5 sq mi (4 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 34,174
 • Density 106.8/sq mi (41.2/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 9th

Scotland County is a county located in the southern part of the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 34,174. 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.

The county was founded in 1899 from the southeastern part of Richmond County, which was divided to reduced the travel time for residents to the county seat of Rockingham. The county name documents the strong historic and cultural influence from the early settlers from Scotland.

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%
2020 34,174 −5.5%
2021 (est.) 34,227 −5.3%
U.S. Decennial Census
1790-1960 1900-1990
1990-2000 2010-2013 2020 census

2020 census

Scotland County racial composition
Race Num. Perc.
White (non-Hispanic) 14,247 41.69%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 13,094 38.32%
Native American 3,705 10.84%
Asian 339 0.99%
Pacific Islander 15 0.04%
Other/Mixed 1,668 4.88%
Hispanic or Latino 1,106 3.24%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 34,174 people, 12,922 households, and 8,593 families residing in the county.

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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