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The U.S. State of North Carolinamarker is divided into 100 counties. North Carolina ranks 28th in size by area, but has the seventh most counties in the countrymarker.

Following the restoration of the monarchy in 1660, Charles II of England rewarded eight persons on March 24, 1663, for their faithful support in his efforts to regain the throne of England. He granted the eight grantees, called Lords Proprietor, the land called Carolina, in honor of Charles I, his father. The Province of Carolina from 1663 to 1729, was a North American Britishmarker colony. Around 1729, the Province of North Carolina became a separate entity from the Province of South Carolina .

North Carolina county history stretches over 340 years, beginning in 1668 with the creation of Albemarle County and ending with the 1911 creation of Averymarker and Hokemarker counties. Five counties have since been divided or abolished altogether, the last being Dobbs County in 1791.

The Federal Information Processing Standard , which is used by the United Statesmarker government to uniquely identify states and counties, is provided with each entry. North Carolina's FIPS code is 37, which when combined with the county code is written as 37XXX.




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Counties of North Carolina.

Historic counties

County Created Abolished Fate
Albemarle County 1664 1689 Partitioned into Chowan Countymarker, Currituck Countymarker, Pasquotank Countymarker, and Perquimans Countymarker
Bath County 1696 1739 Renamed as Craven Countymarker
Bute County 1764 1779 Partitioned into Franklin Countymarker and Warren Countymarker
Dobbs County 1758 1791 Partitioned into Greene Countymarker, Lenoir Countymarker, and Wayne Countymarker
Tryon County 1768 1779 Partitioned into Lincoln Countymarker and Rutherford Countymarker

See also


  • Corbitt, David Leroy. The Formation of the North Carolina Counties, 1663-1943. Raleigh: State Dept. of Archives and History, 1950. Reprint, Raleigh: Division of Archives and History, North Carolina Dept. of Cultural Resources, 1987. ISBN 0-86526-032-X
  • Powell, William S. The North Carolina Gazetteer. Chapel Hill: University of North Carolina Press, 1968. Reprint, 1985. ISBN 0-8078-1247-1


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