Johnston County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Johnston County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2020, 215,999 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Smithfield.

Johnston County
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°30′48″N 78°22′02″W / 35.513419°N 78.367348°W / 35.513419; -78.367348
Country United States
State North Carolina
EstablishedJune 28, 1746
(277 years ago)
Named forGabriel Johnston
Largest communityClayton
 • Total795.65 sq mi (2,060.7 km2)
 • Land792.02 sq mi (2,051.3 km2)
 • Water3.63 sq mi (9.4 km2)  0.46%
 • Total215,999
 • Density272.72/sq mi (105.30/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 code919, 984
Congressional district13th

History change

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.

Government change

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

Connected Counties change

These counties are connected to Johnston County:

Major Roads change

Cities and towns change

These cities and towns are in Johnston County:

Newspapers in Johnston County change

References change

  1. "QuickFacts: Johnston County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2024.

Other websites change