Four Oaks, NC

Four Oaks, situated in Johnston County, is a small town made up of 1.1 square miles.

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In the 1880's, Colonel R. R. Bridgers named the town after four trees growing out of a stump near his house.  


The median resident age in Four Oaks is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $29,000 making it about $19,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Four Oaks is about $120,000 (2015) which is $40,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $650 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Four Oaks is 52% White, 28% Hispanic, 15% Black, and 5% other. 72% of the population are high school graduates, with 19% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 40% are married, 20% are divorced, 3% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 29% that have never been married. 

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Johnston County

Four Oaks belongs to Johnston County in the east-central part of North Carolina. The County, named for Governor Gabriel Johnston (1734-1752) has a population of 170,000 and is part of the Raleigh Metro Area. Smithfield, with a population of 13,000 is the county seat.

Johnston County was sliced from Craven County during the 1740's. Parts of the county were taken during the 1750's and 1770's to form Bladen, Granville, Orange, and Dobbs Counties. And, during the 1850's more land was allocated to help form Wilson County.

Today, Johnston County consists of 796 square miles. 791 being land with the other four square miles making up water.


The population of Four Oaks, NC is about 1,900. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Four Oaks, NC is 197 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Four Oaks, NC is 27524.

Area Code

The area code for Four Oaks, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Four Oaks and Johnston County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 32% are Protestants with Catholics and other religions making up around 4%.


The unemployment rate for Four Oaks is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal than the state average of around 5%.

Maintenance, farming, materials moving, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Smithfield Herald, Kenly News, and Princeton News Leader are the primary newspapers that cover the Johnston County area.