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Bladen County, NC

Bladen County, North Carolina
Seal of Bladen County, North Carolina
North Carolina

North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded 1734
Named for Martin Bladen
Seat Elizabethtown
 • Total 887 sq mi (2,297 km2)
 • Land 875 sq mi (2,266 km2)
 • Water 12 sq mi (31 km2), 1.37%
 • (2010) 35,190
 • Density 39/sq mi (15/km²)
Congressional district , ,
Time zone

Bladen /ˈbldɛn/ [1] County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 Census, the population was 35,190.[2] Its county seat is Elizabethtown[3].


Bladen County was formed in 1734 as Bladen Precinct of Bath County, from New Hanover Precinct. It was named for Martin Bladen, a member of the Board of Trade. With the abolition of Bath County in 1739, all of its constituent precincts became counties.

Originally, Bladen was a vast territory with indefinite northern and western boundaries. Reductions in its extent began in 1750, when its western part became Anson County. In 1752 the northern part of Bladen County was combined with parts of Granville County and Johnston County to form Orange County. In 1754 the northern part of what was left of Bladen County became Cumberland County. In 1764 the southern part of what remained of Bladen County was combined with part of New Hanover County to form Brunswick County. In 1787 the western part of the now much smaller county became Robeson County. Finally, in 1808 the southern part of Bladen County was combined with part of Brunswick County to form Columbus County.

Law and government

Bladen County is a member of the regional Lumber River Council of Governments.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 887 square miles (2,297.3 km2), of which 875 square miles (2,266.2 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31.1 km2) (1.37%) is water.[4]

Adjacent counties

Major highways


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201234,915−0.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]
2012 Estimate[2]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 32,278 people, 12,897 households, and 8,937 families residing in the county. The population density was 37 people per square mile (14/km²). There were 15,316 housing units at an average density of 18 per square mile (7/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 57.22% White, 37.91% Black or African American, 2.04% Native American, 0.10% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 1.97% from other races, and 0.73% from two or more races. 3.71% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

By 2005 55.8% of the population of Bladen County was non-Hispanic whites. 36.8% of the population was African-American. 5.0% of the population of was Latino. 2.3% of the population was Native American.

There were 12,897 households out of which 30.40% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.90% were married couples living together, 15.70% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.70% were non-families. 27.70% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.45 and the average family size was 2.97.

In the county the population was spread out with 24.60% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.20% from 25 to 44, 25.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $26,877, and the median income for a family was $33,974. Males had a median income of $27,799 versus $21,973 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,735. About 16.60% of families and 21.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.70% of those under age 18 and 24.20% of those age 65 or over.



The county is divided into nineteen townships: Abbottsburg, Bethel, Bladenboro, Brown Marsh, Carvers Creek, Central, Clarkton, Colly, Cypress Creek, Elizabethtown, East Arcadia, Frenches Creek, Hollow, Lake Creek, Tarheel, Turnbull, White Oak, Dublin and Whites Creek.

Other Notable Information

Bladen County is also the home of the oldest documented Taxodium distichum (bald cypress) at 1622 years old.[7]

See also


External links

  • Google news archive. —PDFs of 2,696 issues, dating from 1929 to 1985.

Coordinates: 34°37′N 78°34′W / 34.62°N 78.56°W / 34.62; -78.56

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