Butner, NC

Butner, situated in Granville County, is a small town made up of 6.6 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Butner, NC

June 7, 2018

The Town of Butner was managed by the state of North Carolina from 1947 to 2007, but was officially incorporated in 2007. The town was the location of the U.S. Army's Camp Butner; named after Major General Henry W. Butner. Butner is surrounded by many state and federal prisons.


The median resident age in Butner is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $46,000 making it about $1,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Butner is about $129,000 (2013) which is $26,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Butner is 53% White, 30% Black, 15% Hispanic, and 2% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 10% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 46% are married, 10% are divorced, 4% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.

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Granville County

Butner belongs to Granville County in the northern part of North Carolina. The County, named after John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, is part of the Oxford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Granville County has a population of 60,000 and its largest city Oxford, with a population of 8,500, is the county seat.

The county was established in 1746 from part of Edgecombe County. Granville County was one of the many counties where the Tuscarora War took place. After the war when the natives were defeated; many farmers and families settled in Granville County and started growing tobacco. The farmers relied heavily on slave labor, and had over 10,000 slaves working on their farms by the beginning of the Civil War. About 2,000 men from Granville County fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Granville County and Halifax County were important mining locations in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They mined silver, copper, tungsten, and gold in the area. The Richmond to Danville Railroad was vital in getting their goods to bigger cities like Washington, DC and Richmond.

Many manufacturing businesses were built in Granville County in the 1950's and 1960's. The area gradually moved from agriculture to manufacturing, and today the county makes tires, cosmetics, and clothing.

Granville County borders Halifax (Virginia), Mecklenburg (Virginia), Vance, Franklin, Wake, Durham, and Person counties.

Granville County is made up of 536 square miles. 532 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The population of Butner, NC is about 7,600. The town has been rapidly increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Butner, NC is 371 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Butner, NC is 27509.

Area Code

The area code for Butner, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Butner and Granville County have voted mostly Democrat. 52% went to Barack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections, but in 2004 they voted Republican.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 41% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Butner is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, construction, and health care make more than 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Butner-Creedmoor News is the primary newspaper that covers the Granville County area.