Maxton, NC

Maxton, situated in Robeson and Scotland Counties, is a small town made up of 2.2 square miles.

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The town was settled at some point during the 1700s, and was later incorporated in 1874 as Shoe Heel.  

The name later changed to Tilden, in honor of Samuel J. Tilden. The town would assume its current name of Maxton in 1887.

In 1958, a confrontation between the Lumbee tribe of Native Americans and KKK members resulted in the Klan being ran out of the area and never again holding a rally in Robeson County; an event that is now known as the Battle of Hayes Pond.


The median resident age in Maxton is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $19,000 making it about $29,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $12,000. The average price for a home in Maxton is about $85,000 (2015) which is $75,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $400 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Maxton is 72% Black, 17% White, 1% Two or more races, and 10% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 9% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 30% are married, 8% are divorced, 3% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 48% that have never been married.

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Robeson County

Maxton primarily belongs to Robeson County in the southern part of North Carolina. The County, which lost a sizeable portion of it's population in the Cape Fear region to a yellow fever outbreak, is a part of the Lumberton, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area and the Fayetteville-Lumberton-Laurinburg, NC Combined Statistical Area has a population of 134,200. The county's largest city, which is also its county seat, has a population of 20,800.

Robeson County borders Hoke, Marlboro (SC), Dillon (SC), Horry (SC), Bladen, Cumberland, Scotland and Columbus counties.

Robeson County is made up of 951 square miles. 949 of which is land with the remaining 2 as water.


The population of Maxton, NC is about 2,400. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1890s, with a slight decrease between the 1980s and 1990s.


The elevation of Maxton, NC is 194 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Maxton, NC is 28364.

Area Code

The area code for Maxton, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Maxton and Robeson and Scotland Counties have voted mostly Democrat, with 58% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 55% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 43% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Maxton is about 8% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Agriculture and forestry make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Robesonian and Laurinburg Exchange are the primary newspapers that cover the Robeson and Scotland Counties area.


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