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Orange County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 133,801. Its county seat
Orange County is included in the Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area
It was named in honor of the infant William V of Orange.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Orange was formed in 1752 from Johnston, Bladen and Granville. It was named in honor of the infant William V of Orange. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Durham, Chatham, Alamance, Caswell and Person counties. The present land area is 399.84 square miles and the 2000 population was 115,331. The first courthouse was authorized to be established in 1754 where the western path crossed the Eno River on the land of James Watson. Childsburg was established in 1759 and was changed to Hillsborough in 1766. Hillsborough is the county seat.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 401 square miles (1,040 km2), of which 398 square miles (1,030 km2) is
land and 3.5 square miles (9.1 km2) (0.9%) is water.
The county is drained, in part, by the Eno River.
The city of Chapel Hill, is in the southeastern part of Orange County, as is Carrboro. Hillsborough is in the central part of the county and is the county seat.
Bordering counties are as follows:
The county is served by 2 school districts:
It is home to the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, an institution of the University of North Carolina System and the oldest state-supported university in the United States.