Burgaw, NC

Burgaw, situated in Pender County, is a small town made up of 3.4 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Burgaw, NC

July 11, 2018

In 1836, work started on the tracks of the Wilmington & Raleigh Railroad (later named the Wilmington & Weldon Railroad) and was finished in 1840. At the time it was the longest railroad line in the world at about 162 miles. The post office department began calling the area "Burgaw Depot" in 1854.

The Wilmington & Weldon Railroad was a life-line for supplies and troops for the Confederacy in the Civil War, but fell to Union forces in 1865. It later became a holding area for thousands of prisoners of war while negotiations of a large scale prisoner exchange were held.

The Town of Burgaw was incorporated in 1879, and later the same year the post office's name was changed from "Burgaw Depot" to just "Burgaw".

Burgaw annually has two festivals: Spring Fest (started in 1978) and the Blueberry Festival (started in 2004). The outdoor footage of the show "Under the Dome" was shot in Burgaw. Burgaw is also home to the Pender County Courthouse.


The median resident age in Burgaw is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $32,000 making it about $13,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $15,000. The average price for a home in Burgaw is about $161,000 (2013) which is $6,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $660 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Burgaw is 56% White, 34% Black, 6% Hispanic, and 4% other. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 20% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 40% are married, 15% are divorced, 5% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 32% that have never been married.

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Pender County

Burgaw belongs to Pender County in the south-eastern part of North Carolina. The County, named after William Dorsey Pender (Confederate general), is part of the Wilmington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Pender County has a population of 52,000 and its largest town Burgaw, with a population of 3,900, is the county seat.

Pender County, NC was formed from part of New Hanover County in the late 1800's. In the 1870's votes were held to change the county seat from Cowan to its current county seat Burgaw. Pender County borders New Hanover, Columbus, Bladen, Brunswick, Sampson, Onslow and Duplin counties.

Pender County is made up of 933 square miles. 870 of which is land with the remaining 63 as water.


The Population of Burgaw, NC is about 3,900. The town population has nearly doubled since 1990.


The elevation of Burgaw, NC is 46 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Burgaw, NC is 28425.

Area Code

The area code for Burgaw, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Burgaw and Pender County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 64% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 31% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 4%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Burgaw is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Retail, agriculture, and real estate make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Pender Post is the primary newspaper that covers the Pender County area.