Johnston County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Johnston County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2000, 121,965 people lived there. In 2006, population was 152,143.[1] Its county seat is Smithfield.

Johnston County
County of Johnston
Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield
Johnston County Courthouse in Smithfield
Map of North Carolina highlighting Johnston 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: 35°31′N 78°22′W / 35.52°N 78.37°W / 35.52; -78.37
Country United States
State North Carolina
FoundedJune 28, 1746
Named forGabriel Johnston
Largest townClayton
 • Total796 sq mi (2,060 km2)
 • Land791 sq mi (2,050 km2)
 • Water4.2 sq mi (11 km2)  0.5%%
 • Estimate 
 • Density229.4/sq mi (88.6/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Codes
27501, 27504, 27520, 27524, 27527, 27529, 27542, 27555, 27557, 27568, 27569, 27576, 27577, 27591, 27592, 27597, 27603, 28334, 28366
Area code(s)919, 984
Congressional districts2nd, 7th


The county was made in 1746 from Craven County. It was named for Gabriel Johnston, who used to be the governor of North Carolina.

In 1752 parts of Johnston County, Bladen County, and Granville County were combined to form Orange County. In 1758 the eastern part of Johnston County became Dobbs County. In 1770 parts of Johnston County, Cumberland County, and Orange County were combined to form Wake County. And in 1855 parts of Johnston County, Edgecombe County, Nash County, and Wayne County were combined to form Wilson County.


Johnston County is a member of the regional Triangle J Council of Governments.

Connected CountiesEdit

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Cities and townsEdit

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Newspapers in Johnston CountyEdit


  1. "Johnston County QuickFacts from the US Census Bureau". Archived from the original on 2011-07-13. Retrieved 2008-03-07.

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