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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.

Anson County, North Carolina

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Anson County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 26,948. Its county seat is Wadesboro

Etymology - Origin of Anson County Name

It was named in honor of George, Lord Anson, a celebrated English admiral who circumnavigated the globe.


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Anson County History

Anson was formed in 1750 from Bladen. It was named in honor of George, Lord Anson, a celebrated English admiral who circumnavigated the globe. It is in the south center section of the State and is bounded by the state of South Carolina and Union, Stanly, and Richmond counties. Its land area is 531.57 square miles and its population in 2000 was 25,275. From 1755 to 1780 the county seat was called Anson Court House. In 1782 and 1783 laws were passed concerning the courthouse. In the latter year New Town was authorized to be established. In 1787, Newton, the county seat, was changed to Wadesboro. Wadesboro is the county seat.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 537 square miles (1,390 km2), of which 531 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 5.6 square miles (15 km2) (1.1%) is water.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Stanly County, North Carolina - north
  • Richmond County, North Carolina - east
  • Marlboro County, South Carolina - south east
  • Chesterfield County, South Carolina -south
  • Union County, North Carolina -west


There are 11 schools in the Anson County Schools system that serve the students of the county.

South Piedmont Community College has a campus on Highway 74 near Polkton that serves Anson County residents.

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