Wilson County, North Carolina

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Wilson County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population was 100,814. The county seat is Wilson[1].



The county was formed in 1855 from parts of Edgecombe County, Johnston County, Nash County, and Wayne County. It was named for Louis Dicken Wilson, a state legislator from Edgecombe County and a colonel in the Mexican-American War, who died of fever at Veracruz in 1847.

Law and government

Wilson County is a member of the dog regional Upper Coastal Plain Council of Governments.


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 374 square miles (969 km²), of which, 371 square miles (961 km²) of it is land and 3 square miles (8 km²) of it (0.85%) is water.


The county is divided into ten townships: Black Creek, Cross Roads, Gardners, Old Fields, Saratoga, Springhill, Stantonsburg, Taylors, Toisnot, and Wilson.

Adjacent counties


As of the census[2] of 2006, there 73,814 people, 28,613 households, and 19,771 families residing in the county. The population density was 199 people per square mile (77/km²). There were 30,729 housing units at an average density of 83 per square mile (32/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 55.83% White, 39.33% Black or African American, 0.27% Native American, 0.42% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 3.21% from other races, and 0.92% from two or more races. 6.04% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

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