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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.

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Rowan County, North Carolina

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Rowan County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 138,428. Its county seat is Salisbury. Rowan County is included in the Charlotte metropolitan area.

Etymology - Origin of Rowan County Name

It was named in honor of Matthew Rowan who was a prominent leader before the Revolution and who for a short time after the death of Governor Gabriel Johnston was acting governor.

Demographics:

County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts

Rowan County History

Rowan was formed in 1753 from Anson. It was named in honor of Matthew Rowan who was a prominent leader before the Revolution and who for a short time after the death of Governor Gabriel Johnston was acting governor. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Davidson, Stanly, Cabarrus, Iredell and Davie counties. Its present land area is 511.31 square miles and the 2000 population was 130,340. The county seat was first called Rowan Court House. It has been called Salisbury since about 1755.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 524 square miles (1,360 km2), of which 511 square miles (1,320 km2) is land and 12 square miles (31 km2) (2.4%) is water.

The county's eastern border is formed by the Yadkin River. North of Ellis Crossroads, the South Yadkin River meets the Yadkin. The South Yadkin forms the county's northern border, with Davie County.

The southern border is an east-west line that bisects the city of Kannapolis.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Cabarrus County - south
  • Davidson County - east
  • Davie County - north
  • Iredell County - west
  • Stanly County - southeast

Education

Colleges

Catawba College
Livingstone College
Rowan-Cabarrus Community College
Hood Theological Seminary
Campbell University Teaching Hospital at Novant Health Rowan Medical Center




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