Rowan County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Rowan County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Its county seat, Salisbury, is the oldest continuously populated town in western North Carolina.[1] Rowan County is located northeast of Charlotte.

Rowan County
Rowan County Courthouse
Rowan County Courthouse
"Be an original."
Map of North Carolina highlighting Rowan 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°38′29″N 80°31′18″W / 35.641355°N 80.521721°W / 35.641355; -80.521721
Country United States
State North Carolina
FoundedApril 12, 1753
Named forMatthew Rowan
Largest communitySalisbury
 • Total523.95 sq mi (1,357.0 km2)
 • Land511.61 sq mi (1,325.1 km2)
 • Water12.34 sq mi (32.0 km2)  2.36%
 • Total146,875
 • Density287.08/sq mi (110.84/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district8th


  1. "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.