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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Stanly was formed in 1841 from Montgomery. It was named in honor of John Stanly who for many years was a member of the Legislature and several times speaker of the House of Commons. It is in the central section of the State and is bounded by Montgomery,
Richmond, Anson, Union, Cabarrus and Rowan counties. The present land area is 395.06 square miles and the 2000 population was 58,100. Albemarle is the county seat.
Geography: Land and Water
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 395 square miles (1,020 km2) is
land and 9.8 square miles (25 km2) (2.4%) is water.
Bordering counties are as follows:
Rowan County - north
Davidson County - northeast
Montgomery County - east
Anson County - south
Union County - south
Cabarrus County - west
Pfeiffer University "Falcons"
Stanly Community College "Eagles"