WHEN WERE COUNTIES CREATED?

The North Carolina General Assembly has the power to create and abolish counties, and redraw county lines. The following table lists counties, from oldest to youngest, in age.

Counties, from oldest to youngest
CountyCreated in ...Age (in 2008)
Chowan1668340
Currituck1668340
Pasquotank1668340
Perquimans1668340
Beaufort1705303
Craven1705303
Hyde1705303
Bertie1722286
Carteret1722286
New Hanover1729279
Tyrrell1729279
Bladen1734274
Onslow1734274
Edgecombe1741267
Northampton1741267
Granville1746262
Johnston1746262
Anson1750258
Duplin1750258
Orange1752256
Rowan1753255
Cumberland1754254
Halifax1758250
Hertford1759249
Pitt1760248
Mecklenburg1762246
Brunswick1764244
Chatham1771237
Guilford1771237
Surry1771237
Wake1771237
Martin1774234
Burke1777231
Camden1777231
Caswell1777231
Nash1777231
Wilkes1777231
Franklin1779229
Gates1779229
Jones1779229
Lincoln1779229
Montgomery1779229
Randolph1779229
Richmond1779229
Rutherford1779229
Warren1779229
Wayne1779229
Moore1784224
Sampson1784224
Rockingham1785223
Robeson1787221
Iredell1788220
Stokes1789219
Buncombe1791217
Lenoir1791217
Person1791217
Cabarrus1792216
Ashe1799209
Greene1799209
Washington1799209
Columbus1808200
Haywood1808200
Davidson1822186
Macon1828180
Yancey1833175
Davie1836172
Henderson1838170
Cherokee1839169
Caldwell1841167
Cleveland1841167
Stanly1841167
Catawba1842166
McDowell1842166
Union1842166
Gaston1846162
Alexander1847161
Alamance1849159
Forsyth1849159
Watauga1849159
Yadkin1850158
Jackson1851157
Madison1851157
Harnett1855153
Polk1855153
Wilson1855153
Alleghany1859149
Clay1861147
Mitchell1861147
Transylvania1861147
Dare1870138
Swain1871137
Graham1872136
Pamlico1872136
Pender1875133
Durham1881127
Vance1881127
Scotland1899109
Lee1907101
Avery191197
Hoke191197

Source: Genealogical Services Branch of the State Library of North Carolina


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