Erwin, North Carolina

Coordinates: 35°19′21″N 78°40′24″W / 35.32250°N 78.67333°W / 35.32250; -78.67333
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Erwin, North Carolina
Downtown Erwin
Downtown Erwin
Official seal of Erwin, North Carolina
"Front Porch Friends"[1]
Location of Erwin, North Carolina
Location of Erwin, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°19′21″N 78°40′24″W / 35.32250°N 78.67333°W / 35.32250; -78.67333
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • MayorRandy Baker
 • Total4.25 sq mi (11.02 km2)
 • Land4.22 sq mi (10.92 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.10 km2)
Elevation194 ft (59 m)
 • Total4,542
 • Density1,077.32/sq mi (415.98/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
Area codes910, 472
FIPS code37-21740[4]
GNIS feature ID2406460[3]

Erwin is a town that is located in the eastern part of Harnett County, North Carolina, United States, located approximately 5 miles (8.0 km) from Dunn and approximately 20 miles (32 km) from Fayetteville. The city is a part of the Dunn, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is additionally a part of the greater Raleigh-Durham-Cary, NC CSA, according to the United States Census Bureau. Currently, the city has a population of 5,270 as of the 2020 census. Its current mayor is Randy Baker, who has been the mayor since being elected on May 17, 2022.


Prior to Erwin, there was a colonial-era settlement in the area known as "Averasboro". The Battle of Averasborough was fought nearby during the American Civil War. In 1902, the Duke family built the Erwin Cotton Mill, which closed on December 1, 2000, due to the North American Free Trade Agreement increasing the labor costs of the mill workers, leaving Swift Textiles to relocate the mill's operations to Mexico.[5][6] The new town was named "Duke" after the founding shareholders. In 1925, the name was changed to "Erwin" because of the formation of Duke University in Durham, North Carolina.[7] Oak Grove, Averasboro Battlefield Historic District, and Downtown Erwin[8] are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9]


According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Erwin has a total area of 4.23 square miles (10.95 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.10 km2), or 0.91%, are water.[10] The Cape Fear River forms part of the western border of the town. Juniper Creek, a tributary to the Cape Fear River, enters in Erwin.


By road

US 421: The highway enters the city from the northwest, and continues into Dunn, North Carolina, where it meets with I-95, a major north–south highway across the East Coast.

NC 217: This short highway enters the city from the south, and its northern terminus is to the north of the city, where it intersects with US 421.[11]

NC 82: This highway also enters the city from the south, and it meets with NC 217 through the center of Erwin, known as 13th Street. The highway, with NC 217, ends at US 421 in the northern part of the city.

By air

Harnett Regional Jetport is the only airport in the city, which is 10 miles near Buies Creek, NC. The airport currently does not support any airlines yet.

RDU Airport: Although not in the city, the airport serves the Triangle area, which includes Erwin.

By transit

There are no public transportation services that currently service the city.

Carpool services, such as Uber or Lyft are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to and from the city.


Higher education[edit]

Campbell University

Central Carolina Community College

Public school[edit]

High school[edit]

Triton High School (North Carolina)

Middle school[edit]

Coats-Erwin Middle

Elementary school[edit]

Erwin Elementary: Merged with Gentry to form the new Erwin Elementary, which opened on April 18, 2022.[12]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[13]

2020 census[edit]

Erwin racial composition[14]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,900 63.85%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 794 17.48%
Native American 28 0.62%
Asian 9 0.2%
Pacific Islander 6 0.13%
Other/Mixed 193 4.25%
Hispanic or Latino 612 13.47%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,542 people, 1,890 households, and 1,254 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 4,537 people, 1,896 households, and 1,287 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,128.8 inhabitants per square mile (435.8/km2). There were 2,032 housing units at an average density of 505.6 per square mile (195.2/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 80.63% White, 15.96% African American, 0.55% Native American, 0.09% Asian, 1.79% from other races, and 0.99% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.14% of the population.

There were 1,896 households, out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 32.1% were non-families. Of all households, 28.3% were made up of individuals, and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.38 and the average family size was 2.90.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 23.7% under the age of 18, 6.9% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39 years. For every 100 females, there were 90.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $29,521, and the median income for a family was $41,270. Males had a median income of $29,610 versus $22,650 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,282. About 16.4% of families and 20.7% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.2% of those under age 18 and 31.3% of those age 65 or over.[citation needed]

Erwin currently has two schools: Erwin Elementary at Gentry (until December 22, 2021), and Triton High School.

Water tower[edit]

Water tower that was taken near West C Street.

In early 2012, Erwin became home to the tallest sphere-topped water tower. The 219.75-foot (66.98 m) structure is about eight feet (2.4 m) taller than the previous record holder, the Union Watersphere in Union, New Jersey.[15] However, photographs of the Erwin water tower revealed the new tower to be a water spheroid, not an actual water sphere (pictured).[16]

Notable people[edit]


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  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Erwin, North Carolina
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ WRAL (2000-11-21). "Erwin Residents Line Up as Boy Provides Thanksgiving Meals :". Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  6. ^ WRAL (2003-08-01). "Erwin's Recovery Continues Three Years After Denim Plant Closes :". Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  7. ^ "Discover Erwin". Town of Erwin, North Carolina. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  8. ^ United States Department of the Interior, National Park Service, National Register of Historic Places. "Erwin Commercial Historic District" (PDF). North Carolina State Historic Preservation Office.
  9. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  10. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Erwin town, North Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  11. ^ " N.C. 217". Retrieved 2021-08-31.
  12. ^ Jordan, Robert. "Opening Day for Redhawks!". The Daily Record. Retrieved 2022-11-26.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-22.
  15. ^ Rose, Lisa (February 22, 2012), "Despite challenge, Union Township water tower remains a Jersey landmark", The Star-Ledger, retrieved 2012-02-21
  16. ^ "World's Tallest Water Sphere Title Safe for Now". Retrieved 2012-08-20.

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