Erwin , NC

Erwin, situated in Harnett County, is a town made up of 4.1 square miles.

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The town was originally named Duke, but the name was later changed to Erwin after the establishment of Duke University.  


The median resident age in Erwin is 43 years. The median estimated household income is about $37,000 making it about $11,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Erwin is about $95,000 (2015) which is $66,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Erwin is 73% White, 17% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 8% other. 81% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 47% are married, 11% are divorced, 3% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 29% that have never been married. 

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Harnett County

Erwin belongs to Harnett County in the central part of North Carolina. The county, named after Cornelius Harnett, is part of the Dunn, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Harnett County has a population of 127,000 and the town Lillington, with a population of 3,000, is the county seat.

In 1855, the county was formed from a part of Cumberland County. The area was primarily settled by Highland Scots. Throughout the American Revolution these settlers were loyalists to the British Crown. One of the last battles of the Civil War happened in Harnett County; the Battle of Averasborough.

Harnett County borders Johnston, Wake, Cumberland, Sampson, Moore, Chatham, and Lee counties.

Harnett County is made up of 601 square miles. 595 of which is land with the remaining 6 as water.


The population of Erwin, NC is about 4,500. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Erwin, NC is 187 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Erwin, NC is 28339.

Area Code

The area code for Erwin, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Erwin and Harnett County have voted mostly Republican, with 59% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 66% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 32% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


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

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Daily Record, Harnett Dispatch are the primary newspapers that cover the Harnett County area.