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New Hanover County is one of 100 counties located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 202,667.
Though second smallest in area, it is one of the most populous as its county seat, Wilmington, is one of the state's largest cities. The
county was created in 1729 as New Hanover Precinct and gained county status in 1739.
New Hanover County is included in the Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which also includes neighboring Pender county.
It was named in honor of the royal family of England, members of the House of Hanover.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
New Hanover was formed in 1729 from Craven. It was named in honor of the royal family of England, members of the House of Hanover. It is in the southeastern section of the State and is bounded by the Atlantic Ocean, the Cape Fear River, and Brunswick and Pender counties. The present land area is 198.93 square miles and the population in 2000 was 160,327. New Town or Newton was its first county seat. It was changed to Wilmington in 1739.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 328 square miles (850 km2), of which 192 square miles (500 km2) is land and 137 square miles (350 km2) (42%) is water. It is the second-smallest county in North Carolina by land area (behind only Chowan County).
Bordering counties are as follows: