Union County, North Carolina

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Union County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 123,677; its 2008 population was estimated by the U.S. Census Bureau to be 193,255.[1] Its county seat is Monroe[2]. It is often referred to by the nickname "Sweet Union".



The county was formed in 1842 from parts of Anson County and Mecklenburg County. Its name was a compromise between Whigs, who wanted to name the new county for Henry Clay, and Democrats, who wanted to name it for Andrew Jackson.

Law and government

Union County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 640 square miles (1,657 km²), of which, 637 square miles (1,651 km²) of it is land and 2 square miles (6 km²) of it (0.35%) is water.


The county is divided into nine townships: Goose Creek, Jackson, Marshville, Monroe, New Salem, Vance , Buford , Lanes Creek, and Sandy Ridge, Indian trail.

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