Aberdeen, NC

Aberdeen, situated in Moore County, is a small town made up of 1.1 square miles.

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The town was settled in the 1700s by Scottish settlers. Aberdeen was founded as Bethesda, and the name was later changed to Blue's Crossing. In the late 1800s, the town would assume its modern name of Aberdeen.  

Aberdeen NC is located in central North Carolina, somewhat east of Charlotte, in Moore County. Since the year 2000, when the population of Aberdeen was around 3,400, the town has swelled by 70% to more than 6,600 in 2012. There is just over 6 square miles, consisting of more than 1,500 households in Aberdeen NC.

Aberdeen is generally hailed as a railroad and golf town, being centrally located to Pinehurst, and with a major rail line passing through the town. Scotts Irish were the first to inhabit the town, during the 1700s, settling in the wooded thickets at Blues Crossing in 1854, along Aberdeen Creek. Named Bethesda at the time, tar, turpentine and pitch were the main industries of the day. The location was prime as it had plenty of land area, lots of available water, and several main roads that ran through the area, leading to Lumberton, Morganton, Yadkin, and Pee Dee.

Bethesda was later renamed to Blue's Crossing by Scottish Presbyterians in honor of the area's first settler, Malcolm McMillan Blue, and his wife Isabella Patterson, who had received a grant for the land from the King of England. Blue had established a home place in Bethesda during the 1820s, and eventually gained some 8,000 acres, including the land where today's Pine Hurst Race Track stands, just next to Fort Bragg. Pinehurst Golf Courses and the Southern Pines Resort also border Aberdeen. Each year a festival honors Malcolm Blue.

After the Civil War, in which the town lost more than 500 Confederate fighters, Raleigh and August Air Lines (now CSX) made its way through Aberdeen, and the turpentine, resin and tar industry grew. The first post office was built in 1877, and in 1881 a rail link was made from Blues Crossing to the Raleigh and August main track.

By 1888, the town renamed from Blues Crossing to become Aberdeen. Four years later John Blue built a connecting line from the Raleigh and August main east to Fayetteville and the Cape Fear River. Aberdeen soon became the hub for getting tar related products to market.


The median resident age in Aberdeen is 35 years. The median estimated household income is about $49,000 making it about $1,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Aberdeen is about $180,000 (2016), which is $15,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Aberdeen is 65% White, 25% Black, and 10% other. 87% of the population are high school graduates, with 31% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 48% are married, 17% are divorced, 5% are widowed, 2% are separated, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Moore County

Aberdeen belongs to Moore County in the south-central part of North Carolina. The County, named after Alfred Moore, is part of the Aberdeen-Pinehurst-Southern Pines, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Moore County has a population of 94,000 and the city Carthage, with a population of 2,000, is the county seat.

In 1785, the county was established from part of Cumberland County. Parts of Chatham and Moore County were merged to form Lee County in 1907.

Moore County is known for it's many golf resorts; mainly in the Pinehurst/Southern Pines area. The county hosted the 1996 and 2001 Women's U.S. Opens, as well as the 1999 and 2005 Men's Opens. In 2007, the Women's Open came back to Southern Pines. Southern Pines hosted the Women's and the Men's Opens simultaneously in the same year, and was the first time ever in the U.S. Open history.

Moore County borders Chatham, Lee, Harnett, Cumberland, Hoke, Scotland, Richmond, Montgomery, and Randolph counties.

Moore County is made up of 706 square miles. 698 of which is land with the remaining 8 as water.


The population of Aberdeen, NC is about 7,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970s, with most of the growth taking place since 2000.


The elevation of Aberdeen, NC is 344 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Aberdeen, NC is 28315.

Area Code

The area code for Aberdeen, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Aberdeen and Moore County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 6%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Aberdeen is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of 5%. Manufacturing, retail, food service, and public administration make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Pilot and Sandhills Sentinel are the primary newspapers that cover the Moore County area.