Butner, North Carolina

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Butner is a town in Granville County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,792 at the 2000 census. Butner was managed by the state of North Carolina from 1947 through 2007. A bill passed by the North Carolina General Assembly incorporating the town was signed by Gov. Mike Easley on July 27, 2007.[3]

It is the former site of the U.S. Army's Camp Butner, which was named for Major General Henry W. Butner (1875–1937), a North Carolina native.[4][5] The area around Butner has several state and federal correctional institutions.



Butner is located at 36°8′18″N 78°45′32″W / 36.13833°N 78.75889°W / 36.13833; -78.75889 (36.138298, -78.758828)[6].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 6.6 square miles (17.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 5,792 people, 1,438 households, and 1,009 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 873.4 people per square mile (337.3/km²). There were 1,489 housing units at an average density of 224.5/sq mi (86.7/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 48.58% White, 45.27% African American, 0.69% Native American, 0.64% Asian, 3.35% from other races, and 1.47% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.56% of the population.

There were 1,438 households out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.1% were married couples living together, 21.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% were non-families. 25.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.00.

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