Bolton, NC

Bolton, situated in Columbus County, is a small town made up of 3.7 square miles...

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May 27, 2018

In 1858, a post office was built in a settlement in the area of modern day Bolton. The settlement was called Maxwell. The name was changed to Bolton in 1866.Bolton used to be known for the timber industry.

The town, named after Samuel Bolton, was incorporated in 1915.


The median resident age in Bolton is 32 years. The median estimated household income is about $30,000 making it about $15,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $14,000. The average price for a home in Bolton is about $70,000 (2013) which is $85,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $720 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Bolton is 23% White, 69% Black, 3% American Indian, 3% Hispanic, and 2% other. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 4% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 53% are married, 9% are divorced, 1% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 25% that have never been married.

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Columbus County

Bolton belongs to Columbus County in the southern part of North Carolina. The county was named after Christopher Columbus, and was formed from parts of Brunswick and Bladen counties. Columbus County has a population of 58,000 and its largest city Whiteville, with a population of 5,400, is the county seat.

State and Federal Investigations started Operation Gateway US in 1983, an investigation into the actions of many of the elected officials in Columbus and Brunswick counties. They arrested several affluential residents, and confiscated 37 million dollars of illegal drugs. In the news the scandal was referred to as "COLCOR"; meaning Columbus Corruption.

Columbus County borders Robeson, Horry (South Carolina), Brunswick, Pender, and Bladen counties.

Columbus County is made up of 954 square miles. 937 of which is land with the remaining 17 as water.


The Population of Bolton, NC is about 690.


The elevation of Bolton, NC is 64 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Bolton, NC is 28423.

Area Code

The area code for Bolton, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Bolton and Columbus County have voted mostly Democrat, but since 2004 have voted Republican. 54% went to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election.

As of 2010, 42% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 56% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Bolton is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and health care make more than 60% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The News Reporter, Brunswick Beacon, News Times, and Star News Media are the primary newspapers that cover the Columbus County area.


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