Counties in North Carolina

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North Carolina is divided into 100 counties.[1]

Types of local government

The U.S. Census Bureau's 2012 study of local governments[2] shows that, as of September of 2012, local government in North Carolina consists of:

653 General Purpose units, including:

  • 100 Counties
  • 553 Cities, Towns, and Villages

311 Special Districts

Further classifications:

All cities, towns, and villages are incorporated with a charter through the state. However, the existence of a charter does not authorize broad Home rule authority as it does in other states.[3]

Initiative process availability

See also: Laws governing local ballot measures in North Carolina

State law NC Gen. Stat. Section 160A-104 mandates an initiative process for citizens to propose and vote on charter amendments regarding specific subject matters. The available subject matter is contained in NC Gen. Stat. Section 160A-101.

State law does not grant ordinance initiative power to all cities. However, the General Assembly has granted initiative power to certain cities, such as Raleigh and Greensboro, through special acts. In any city where initiative has been made available, NC Gen. Stat. Section 159-17 states that "The adoption and amendment of the budget ordinance or any project ordinance and the levy of taxes in the budget ordinance are not subject to the provisions of any city charter or local act concerning initiative or referendum."[4][5][6]

County website evaluations

See also: Evaluation of North Carolina county websites

As of 2009:

  • 62 of the 100 counties posted their county budgets online.
  • 84 counties included information on their websites about public government meetings.
  • 79 included information about the county's elected officials.
  • 78 included information about the county's administrative officials.
  • 51 counties gave information about permits and zoning in the county.
  • 55 of the counties put information on their websites about external audits.
  • No counties gave information about contracts with county vendors.
  • No county websites disclosed whether the county belonged to any government sector lobbying associations.
  • One county provided information on how to request public records using the North Carolina Public Records Law.
  • 44 county websites provided some information about county taxes.

Counties

County County seat
Alamance County, North Carolina Graham
Alexander County, North Carolina Taylorsville
Alleghany County, North Carolina Sparta
Anson County, North Carolina Wadesboro
Ashe County, North Carolina Jefferson
Avery County, North Carolina Newland
Beaufort County, North Carolina Washington
Bertie County, North Carolina Windsor
Bladen County, North Carolina Elizabethtown
Brunswick County, North Carolina Bolivia
Buncombe County, North Carolina Asheville
Burke County, North Carolina Morganton
Cabarrus County, North Carolina Concord
Caldwell County, North Carolina Lenoir
Camden County, North Carolina Camden
Carteret County, North Carolina Beaufort
Caswell County, North Carolina Yanceyville
Catawba County, North Carolina Newton
Chatham County, North Carolina Pittsboro
Cherokee County, North Carolina Murphy
Chowan County, North Carolina Edenton
Clay County, North Carolina Hayesville
Cleveland County, North Carolina Shelby
Columbus County, North Carolina Whiteville
Craven County, North Carolina New Bern
Cumberland County, North Carolina Fayetteville
Currituck County, North Carolina Currituck
Dare County, North Carolina Manteo
Davidson County, North Carolina Lexington
Davie County, North Carolina Mocksville
Duplin County, North Carolina Kenansville
Durham County, North Carolina Durham, North Carolina
Edgecombe County, North Carolina Tarboro
Forsyth County, North Carolina Winston-Salem, North Carolina
Franklin County, North Carolina Louisburg
Gaston County, North Carolina Gastonia
Gates County, North Carolina Gatesville
Graham County, North Carolina Robbinsville
Granville County, North Carolina Oxford
Greene County, North Carolina Snow Hill
Guilford County, North Carolina Greensboro, North Carolina and High Point
Halifax County, North Carolina Halifax
Harnett County, North Carolina Lillington
Haywood County, North Carolina Waynesville
Henderson County, North Carolina Hendersonville
Hertford County, North Carolina Winton
Hoke County, North Carolina Raeford
Hyde County, North Carolina Swan Quarter
Iredell County, North Carolina Statesville
Jackson County, North Carolina Sylva
Johnston County, North Carolina Smithfield
Jones County, North Carolina Trenton
Lee County, North Carolina Sanford
Lenoir County, North Carolina Kinston
Lincoln County, North Carolina Lincolnton
Macon County, North Carolina Franklin
Madison County, North Carolina Marshall
Martin County, North Carolina Williamston
McDowell County, North Carolina Marion
Mecklenburg County, North Carolina Charlotte, North Carolina
Mitchell County, North Carolina Bakersville
Montgomery County, North Carolina Troy
Moore County, North Carolina Carthage
Nash County, North Carolina Nashville
New Hanover County, North Carolina Wilmington
Northampton County, North Carolina Jackson
Onslow County, North Carolina Jacksonville
Orange County, North Carolina Hillsborough
Pamlico County, North Carolina Bayboro
Pasquotank County, North Carolina Elizabeth City
Pender County, North Carolina Burgaw
Perquimans County, North Carolina Hertford
Person County, North Carolina Roxboro
Pitt County, North Carolina Greenville
Polk County, North Carolina Columbus
Randolph County, North Carolina Asheboro
Richmond County, North Carolina Rockingham
Robeson County, North Carolina Lumberton
Rockingham County, North Carolina Wentworth
Rowan County, North Carolina Salisbury
Rutherford County, North Carolina Rutherfordton
Sampson County, North Carolina Clinton
Scotland County, North Carolina Laurinburg
Stanly County, North Carolina Albemarle
Stokes County, North Carolina Danbury
Surry County, North Carolina Dobson
Swain County, North Carolina Bryson City
Transylvania County, North Carolina Brevard
Tyrrell County, North Carolina Columbia
Union County, North Carolina Monroe
Vance County, North Carolina Henderson
Wake County, North Carolina Raleigh, North Carolina
Warren County, North Carolina Warrenton
Washington County, North Carolina Plymouth
Watauga County, North Carolina Boone
Wayne County, North Carolina Goldsboro
Wilkes County, North Carolina Wilkesboro
Wilson County, North Carolina Wilson
Yadkin County, North Carolina Yadkinville
Yancey County, North Carolina Burnsville

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