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The 2000 Census showed that Bladen County had a population of 32,278 people. This represented 0.4% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 67th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Bladen had a population of 32,343 people. This is an increase of 0.2% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201035,190+9.02%+8.8% since 2009
200932,343+0.2%-0.21% since 2008
200832,411+0.41%+0.28% since 2007
200732,320+0.13%-0.39% since 2006
200632,445+0.52%-0.3% since 2005
200532,542+0.82%-0.1% since 2004
200432,575+0.92%+0.9% since 2003
200232,235-0.13%-0.6% since 2001
200132,430+0.47%+0.47% since 2000
200032,278The Last Census

Bladen County had 15,316 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Bladen County has a total area<3> of 887 square miles [2,297 km²]. Of this total, 874 square miles [2,266 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.37%) being water (12.19 square miles [31.58 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Bladen County had a population density of 36.89 people per square mile [14.24 people/km²], making it the state's 92nd most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Bladen County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Bladen and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Bladen County QuickFact (QF-37017).

Below are some of the communities that are located in Bladen County:

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Bladen County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ColumbusQF-37047   S54,22154,749-0.96%
CumberlandQF-37051   NW315,207302,9634.04%
PenderQF-37141   E52,37841,08227.5%
RobesonQF-37155   W129,559123,3395.04%
SampsonQF-37163   N63,71360,1615.9%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Bladen. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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