McDowell County , North Carolina

McDowell County: County in West Virginia, United States

McDowell County locator map
Location of McDowell County on North Carolina map.


McDowell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 44,996 and a population density of 32 people per km². After 10 years in 2020 county had an estimated population of 2,020 inhabitants. Its county seat is Welch. The county was created 163 years ago in 1858.

McDowell County WV Court image
McDowell County WV Court
McDowell County WV Court image


McDowell County is located at 35°40'52"N 82°2'55"W (35.6812400, -82.0487000). It has 5 neighbors: Buchanan County, Tazewell County, Mercer County, Mingo County and Wyoming County.

McDowell County map

The largest city of McDowell County is Marion with a population of 7,937. Other cities include and Old Fort population 924. See all McDowell County cities & populated places.


McDowell County forecast: A chance of rain showers and patchy fog before 3am, then patchy fog and scattered rain showers. Cloudy, with a low around 64. South wind around 2 mph. Chance of precipitation is 60%. New rainfall amounts less than a tenth of an inch possible. more

McDowell County Quick Facts

Population : 45,782 (2020)
Country : United States of America
State : North Carolina (United States)
Different from : McDowell County
Area : 1385 km2
Water as percent of area : 0.3%
Land as percent of area : 99.7%
Named for : James McDowell
Altitude : 1,220 feet / 372 meters
Capital : Welch
Establishment : February 02, 1858
Time Zone : America/New_York
Local time : 11:23:59 (22nd September 2021)
Density : 33 Pop. per km² as of 2020
Population growth : 1.72% (2010-2020)
Weather : 64℉ Chance Rain Showers 7-days weather

McDowell County has 5 neighbours.


The population of McDowell County increased by 1.72% in 10 years.

Year Population % Change Method
2010 44,996 - census
2011 45,053 0.13% estimation process
2012 44,999 -0.12% estimation process
2013 45,021 0.05% estimation process
2014 45,007 -0.03% estimation process
2015 44,967 -0.09% estimation process
2016 44,866 -0.23% estimation process
2017 45,083 0.48% estimation process
2018 45,465 0.84% estimation process
2019 45,756 0.64% estimation process
2020 45,782 0.06% estimation process

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People born in McDowell County (4)

People born in McDowell County, including activist Charles Kenzie Steele, playwright Kermit Hunter, businessman Roy Lee Cooke, you can see a list of people who born in McDowell County.

Other places with the same name (2)

McDowell County Populated Places

Cities, Towns, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in McDowell County.

City Name Population Title
Marion 7,937 City in McDowell County, North Carolina, U.
West Marion 1,348 Township in McDowell County, North Carolina
Old Fort 924 Human settlement in McDowell County, North Carolina, United States of America

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County Name Population Title
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Guilford County 540,521 County in North Carolina, United States of America
Raleigh 474,414 Capital of North Carolina
Forsyth County 383,843 County in North Carolina, United States of America
West Raleigh 338,759 City in United States of America
Cumberland County 336,364 County in Maine, United States
Durham County 327,306 County in North Carolina, United States of America
Greensboro 297,878 City in North Carolina, United States of America
Durham 285,897 County seat of Durham County, North Carolina, United States
Buncombe County 263,477 County in North Carolina, United States
Winston-Salem 248,112 City in Forsyth County, North Carolina
Union County 244,562 County in North Carolina, United States
New Hanover County 236,613 County in North Carolina, United States
Gaston County 226,568 County in North Carolina, United States