McDowell County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

McDowell County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2020, 44,578 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Marion.[2]

McDowell County
McDowell County Courthouse in Marion
McDowell County Courthouse in Marion
"Nestled next to the Blue Ridge Mountains of Western North Carolina, McDowell County is a beautiful place to call home."
Map of North Carolina highlighting McDowell 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°40′56″N 82°02′53″W / 35.682271°N 82.048044°W / 35.682271; -82.048044
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forJoseph McDowell
Largest communityMarion
 • Total445.35 sq mi (1,153.5 km2)
 • Land439.95 sq mi (1,139.5 km2)
 • Water5.40 sq mi (14.0 km2)  1.21%
 • Total44,578
 • Density101.33/sq mi (39.12/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district11th


  1. "QuickFacts: McDowell County, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 18, 2024.
  2. National Association of Counties. "NACo County Explorer". Retrieved January 18, 2024.