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North Carolina Counties

North Carolina is divided into one hundred counties. The establishment of North Carolina counties stretches over 240 years, beginning in 1668 with the creation of Albemarle County and ending with the 1911 creation of Avery and Hoke counties. Five counties have been divided or abolished altogether, the last being Dobbs County in 1791.

Bladen County, North Carolina

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Bladen County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 35,190. Its county seat is Elizabethtown. The county was created in 1734 as Bladen Precinct and gained county status in 1739.

Etymology - Origin of Bladen County Name

It was named in honor of Martin Bladen, one of the members of the Board of Trade which had charge of colonial affairs.


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Bladen County History

Bladen was formed in 1734 from New Hanover. It was named in honor of Martin Bladen, one of the members of the Board of Trade which had charge of colonial affairs. It is in the southeastern section of the State and is bounded by Sampson, Pender, Columbus, Robeson and Cumberland counties. The present land area is 874.94 square miles and its 2000 population was 32,278. The county seat was first called Bladen Court House. Elizabethtown, established in 1773, is the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 887 square miles (2,300 km2), of which 874 square miles (2,260 km2) is land and 13 square miles (34 km2) (1.4%) is water. It is the fourth-largest county in North Carolina by land area.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Cumberland County - north
  • Sampson County - northeast
  • Pender County - southeast
  • Columbus County - south
  • Robeson County - west


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