Anson County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Anson County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2000, 25,275 people lived there. Its county seat is Wadesboro.

Anson County
Anson County Courthouse in Wadesboro
Anson County Courthouse in Wadesboro
Map of North Carolina highlighting Anson County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°58′N 80°06′W / 34.97°N 80.1°W / 34.97; -80.1
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forGeorge Anson, Baron Anson
Largest townWadesboro
 • Total537 sq mi (1,390 km2)
 • Land531 sq mi (1,380 km2)
 • Water5.6 sq mi (15 km2)  1.1%%
 • Total26,948
 • Density51/sq mi (20/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district9th


The county was made in 1750 from Bladen County.

In 1753, the northern part of Anson County became Rowan County. In 1762 the western part of the county became Mecklenburg County. In 1779 the northern part of the county became Montgomery County, and the part east of the Pee Dee River became Richmond County. And in 1842 the western part of Anson County was combined with the southeastern part of Mecklenburg County to make Union County.

In 1985 most of the movie The Color Purple (film), starring Oprah Winfrey and Whoopi Goldberg along with Danny Glover, was filmed in Anson county.


Anson County is part of the Centralina Council of Governments.

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