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There are 100 counties in North Carolina.

Related entries:
Counties (history)
Places named for Governors
North Carolina County Development Time Map, 1664-1911
North Carolina County Formation: Dates and Parent Counties

North Carolina Counties - Click to see a large version
Alamance | Alexander | Alleghany | Anson | Ashe | Avery | Beaufort | Bertie | Bladen | Brunswick | Buncombe | Burke | Cabarrus | Caldwell | Camden | Carteret | Caswell | Catawba | Chatham | Cherokee | Chowan | Clay | Cleveland | Columbus | Craven | Cumberland | Currituck | Dare | Davidson | Davie | Duplin | Durham | Edgecombe | Forsyth | Franklin | Gaston | Gates | Graham | Granville | Greene | Guilford | Halifax | Harnett | Haywood | Henderson | Hertford | Hoke | Hyde | Iredell | Jackson | Johnston | Jones | Lee | Lenoir | Lincoln | McDowell | Macon | Madison | Martin | Mecklenburg | Mitchell | Montgomery | Moore | Nash | New Hanover | Northampton | Onslow | Orange | Pamlico | Pasquotank | Pender | Perquimans | Person | Pitt | Polk | Randolph | Richmond | Robeson | Rockingham | Rowan | Rutherford | Sampson | Scotland | Stanly | Stokes | Surry | Swain | Transylvania | Tyrrell | Union | Vance | Wake | Warren | Washington | Watauga | Wayne | Wilkes | Wilson | Yadkin | Yancey

 

Defunct Counties:

Albemarle County, extinct 1689

Bath County, extinct after 1724

Bute County, divided into Franklin and Warren counties in 1779

Clarendon County, abandoned by 1667

Dobbs County, abolished in 1791

Glasgow County, renamed Greene County in 1799

Pamtecough (or Pamticough) County, renamed Beaufort County in 1712

Tryon County, divided into Lincoln and Rutherford Counties in 1779.

Western counties now in Tennessee:

District of Washington (formerly the Watauga Settlement), annexed to North Carolina in 1776, name changed to Washington County in 1777 and ceded to the U.S. Government in 1790.

Sullivan County, formed in 1779 from Washington County, now Tennessee

Davidson County, formed from Washington County in 1783, now Tennessee

Image credit:

Rudersdorf, Amy. 2010. "NC County Maps." Government & Heritage Library, State Library of North Carolina.

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