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North Carolina Counties

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.

Granville County, North Carolina

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Granville County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 59,916. Its county seat is Oxford.

Granville County comprises the Oxford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill, NC Combined Statistical Area.

Etymology - Origin of Granville County Name

It was named in honor of John Carteret, Earl of Granville, who owned the Granville District.


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Granville County History

Granville was formed in 1746 from Edgecombe. It was named in honor of John Carteret, Earl of Granville, who owned the Granville District. It is in the northeastern section of the State and is bounded by Vance, Wake, Durham and Person counties and the state of Virginia. The present land area is 531.12 square miles and the 2000 population was 48,498. The first county seat was called Granville Court House. In 1748 the location selected became unsatisfactory. Therefore, it was ordered that the courthouse be located on a branch of Tar River called Tabb's Creek. Oxford was made the county seat in 1811 and was incorporated in 1816.

Geography: Land and Water

As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 536 square miles (1,390 km2), of which 532 square miles (1,380 km2) is land and 4.9 square miles (13 km2) (0.9%) is water

The county includes access to Kerr Lake and Falls Lake and is included in the Roanoke, Tar and Neuse River water basins.

Neighboring Counties

Bordering counties are as follows:

  • Halifax County, Virginia - north-northwest
  • Mecklenburg County, Virginia - north
  • Vance County - east
  • Franklin County - southeast
  • Wake County - south
  • Durham County - southwest
  • Person County - west


The Granville County School System contains 2 charter schools, 4 high schools (with 2 subsidiary schools within schools), 4 middle schools, and 9 elementary schools.

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