Pittsboro, NC

Pittsboro, situated in Chatham County, is a town made up of 4.2 square miles.

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The town was officially established in 1785, and was named the county seat of Chatham County two years later.  

In 2010, the Chatham County Courthouse caught fire, causing the clock tower on top of the building to collapse into the structure. The fire was able to be brought under control, and the building only saw damage on its second floor. The courthouse was re-opened only one month later.  


The median resident age in Pittsboro is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $52,000 making it about $4,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $30,000. The average price for a home in Pittsboro is about $200,000 (2015) which is $40,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Pittsboro is 57% White, 25% Black, 4% Two or more races, and 14% other. 84% of the population are high school graduates, with 40% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 12% are divorced, 2% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 39% that have never been married.

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Wake & Chatham County

Pittsboro almost entirely belongs to Wake County in the central part of North Carolina, but a small part of Cary also extends over to Chatham County. The county was named after Margaret Wake. Wake County has a population of 1,025,000 and its largest city Raleigh, with a population of 538,000, is the county seat.

The area that now makes up modern day Wake County used to be part of the Tuscarora nation. In 1771, the Wake County was formed from parts of Johnston, Orange, and Cumberland counties. The first courthouse in the county was built in modern day Bloomsbury, but then was a village known as Wake Courthouse. The first elections were in held in 1771, and a militia was formed.

Wake County borders Granville, Franklin, Johnston, Nash, Harnett, Chatham, and Durham counties.

Wake County is made up of 857 square miles. 835 of which is land with the remaining 22 as water.


The population of Pittsboro, NC is about 4,000. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.


The elevation of Pittsboro, NC is 394 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Pittsboro, NC are 27228 and 27312.

Area Code

The area code for Pittsboro, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Pittsboro and Chatham County have voted mostly Democrat, with 52% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 40% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Pittsboro is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average. Manufacturing, finance, and other make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Chatham Record and Chatham Journal are the primary newspapers that cover the Chatham County area.


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