North Carolina, US

North Carolina: State of the United States of America


North Carolina is a southeastern state on the Atlantic coast. It is bordered by Virginia, Tennessee, Georgia, and South Carolina.

Some key facts about North Carolina:

  • Capital: Raleigh
  • Population: Around 10.4 million
  • Area: 53,819 square miles
  • Nickname: Tar Heel State

North Carolina has three main geographic regions – the Appalachian Mountains in the west, the Piedmont plateau in the central region, and the Atlantic coastal plain in the east. Iconic landmarks include the Blue Ridge Parkway and Outer Banks beach communities.

Major cities include Charlotte, Raleigh, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem. North Carolina is considered the ”research triangle” hub with its concentration of high-tech firms and research universities. Other key industries include finance, biotech, and manufacturing.

Culturally, North Carolina offers a progressive urban scene combined with rural charm and tradition. It is known for college basketball rivalries, Nascar racing, and its renowned barbecue and craft beer. Music scenes thrive in Asheville and the “Research Triangle.”

The state experiences humid subtropical summers and mild winters. It sees heavy rainfall and the occasional hurricane. The Great Smoky and Blue Ridge Mountains draw outdoor enthusiasts year-round.

In summary, North Carolina combines sprawling metros and high-tech industries with quaint towns, natural wonders, and Southern heritage. Its diverse landscapes and economy make it a unique state bridging modern and traditional.

North Carolina locator map
Location of North Carolina

Quick Facts about North Carolina

Population : 10,600,823
Country : United States of America
Head of government : Governor of North Carolina
Phone Area Codes : 910, 704, 980, 252, 919, 828, 984, 336
Area : 139390 km2
Water as percent of area : 9.66%
Land as percent of area : 90.34%
Continent : North America
Easternmost point : Point(-75.525055555 35.2215)
Northernmost point : Point(-76.915861111 36.552083333)
Legislative body : North Carolina General Assembly
Named for : north, Province of Carolina
Official language : English
Altitude : 705 feet / 215 meters
Capital : Raleigh
Establishment : November 11, 1789 (234 years ago)
Time Zone : Eastern Time Zone, America/New_York
Local time : 02:43:27 (22nd June 2024)
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North Carolina is located at 35°30'2"N 80°0'1"W (35.5006900, -80.0003200). It has 4 neighbors: Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Virginia.

North Carolina map

The largest city of North Carolina is Charlotte with a population of 900,350. Other cities include, Raleigh population 474,414, West Raleigh population 338,759, Greensboro population 297,878 and Durham population 285,897. See all North Carolina cities & populated places.

Largest Cities in North Carolina (more)

Cities, Towns, Villages, Neighborhoods & Other Populated Places in North Carolina.

City Name Title County Population
Charlotte The fourteenth most populous city in the United States and the center of the Charlotte metropolitan area. Mecklenburg 900,350
Raleigh The capital of North Carolina, Raleigh is a major center for business, government, and education. Wake 474,414
West Raleigh A census-designated place located in Wake County, North Carolina. Wake 338,759
Greensboro The third most populous city in North Carolina and the center of the Greensboro metropolitan area. Guilford 297,878
Durham The third most populous city in North Carolina and the center of the Durham metropolitan area. Durham 285,897
Winston-Salem The fifth most populous city in North Carolina. Forsyth 248,112
Fayetteville The most populous city in Cumberland County, North Carolina. Cumberland 211,705
Cary Town in North Carolina, United States Wake 173,587
Wilmington The largest city in the state of North Carolina. New Hanover 124,794
High Point The second most populous city in Guilford County, North Carolina. Guilford 113,565
Concord The most populous city in Cabarrus County, North Carolina. Cabarrus 98,500
Greenville The most populous city in Pitt County, North Carolina. Pitt 94,779
Asheville The most populous city in Buncombe County, North Carolina. Buncombe 92,852
City of Greenville The most populous city in Pitt County, North Carolina. Pitt 84,554
Gastonia The most populous city in Gaston County, North Carolina. Gaston 77,640
Jacksonville The most populous city in Onslow County, North Carolina. Onslow 76,284

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North Carolina has 4 neighbours.

  • Georgia state in the southeastern United States
  • South Carolina state of the United States of America
  • Tennessee state of the United States of America
  • Virginia state of the United States of America

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


Year Population % Change Method
1830 737,987 - census
1910 2,206,287 66.55% census
1920 2,559,123 13.79% census
1930 3,170,276 19.28% census
1940 3,571,623 11.24% census
1950 4,061,929 12.07% census
1960 4,556,155 10.85% census
1970 5,082,059 10.35% census
1980 5,881,766 13.6% census
1990 6,628,637 11.27% census
2000 8,049,313 17.65% census
2010 9,535,483 15.59% census
2011 9,657,592 1.26% estimation process
2012 9,749,476 0.94% estimation process
2013 9,843,336 0.95% estimation process
2014 9,932,887 0.9% estimation process
2015 10,031,646 0.98% estimation process
2016 10,154,788 1.21% estimation process
2017 10,268,233 1.1% estimation process
2018 10,381,615 1.09% estimation process
2019 10,488,084 1.02% estimation process
2020 10,600,823 1.06% estimation process

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People born in North Carolina (200)

People born in North Carolina, including writer Ben Fountain, con artist and prison escapee Steven Jay Russell, crime fiction writer Margaret Maron, .


  • Skeeter Best (American musician) he was born in 20/11/1914
  • Manteo Mitchell (American Sprinter) he was born in 06/07/1987
  • Aaron Marshall Elliott (American writer, philologist and specialist in literature) he was born in 24/01/1844
  • Sequoyah (Cherokee silversmith and creator of the Cherokee syllabary) he was born in 01/01/1770
  • Absalom Tatom (politician (1742-1802)) he was born in 01/01/1742
  • Jareb Dauplaise (American actor) he was born in 18/03/1979
  • Midori (American movie actress) she was born in 19/07/1968
  • Angelica Sinn (American) she was born in 09/04/1974
  • Mr. Porter (American rapper) he was born in 07/12/1978
  • Victoria Givens (American movie actress) she was born in 14/01/1970
  • James W. Cooke (United States Navy officer) he was born in 23/08/1812
  • Caleb Bradham (American pharmacist) he was born in 27/05/1867
  • Ted Tally (American playwright) he was born in 09/04/1952
  • Malcom McLean (American businessman) he was born in 14/11/1913
  • William Smith (member of U.S. Senate representing South Carolina in 1816) he was born in 01/01/1762
  • Barbara Guest (American writer) she was born in 06/09/1920
  • Bette McLaurin (American jazz musician) she was born in 01/01/1929
  • Jonathan Worth (American politician (1802-1869)) he was born in 18/11/1802

North Carolina Counties (more)

Wake County
Wake County

Wake County, county in North Carolina, United States

Mecklenburg County
Mecklenburg County

Mecklenburg County, county in North Carolina, United States

Guilford County
Guilford County

Guilford County, county in North Carolina, United States of America

County Name Population
Wake County 1,132,271
Mecklenburg County 1,128,945
Guilford County 540,521
Forsyth County 383,843
Cumberland County 336,364
Durham County 327,306
Buncombe County 263,477
Union County 244,562
New Hanover County 236,613
Gaston County 226,568
Cabarrus County 221,479
Johnston County 216,246
Onslow County 203,943
Iredell County 185,770
Pitt County 182,924
Alamance County 171,346

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Where Is North Carolina Located
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North Carolina Cities And Towns
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North Carolina Reference Map
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North Carolina Rivers And Lakes
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