Gates County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Gates County is a small, rural county located in the northeast portion of the U.S. state of North Carolina, on the border with Virginia. As of the 2020 census, the population was 10,478.[1] Its county seat is Gatesville.[2]

Gates County
Merchants Millpond State Park
"Home of Merchants Millpond State Park"
Map of North Carolina highlighting Gates 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: 36°26′32″N 76°42′08″W / 36.442135°N 76.702355°W / 36.442135; -76.702355
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forGeneral Horatio Gates
Largest communityGatesville
 • Total345.74 sq mi (895.5 km2)
 • Land340.61 sq mi (882.2 km2)
 • Water5.13 sq mi (13.3 km2)  1.48%
 • Total10,478
 • Density31.56/sq mi (12.19/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district1st

Gates County is included in the Virginia Beach-Norfolk-Newport News, VA-NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.[3] It is part of the Albemarle Sound area of the Inner Banks.


  1. "QuickFacts: Gates County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  2. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  3. "Hampton Roads loses Surry Co., gains Gates Co., N.C." Archived from the original on March 18, 2013. Retrieved March 16, 2013.