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The 2000 Census showed that Harnett County had a population of 91,025 people. This represented 1.13% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 27th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Harnett had a population of 115,761 people. This is an increase of 27.17% 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
2010114,678+25.99%-0.94% since 2009
2009115,761+27.17%+3.33% since 2008
2008112,025+23.07%+3.15% since 2007
2007108,606+19.31%+3.12% since 2006
2006105,318+15.7%+2.53% since 2005
2005102,715+12.84%+2.49% since 2004
2004100,220+10.1%+1.96% since 2003
200398,292+7.98%+1.83% since 2002
200296,526+6.04%+3.18% since 2001
200193,552+2.78%+2.78% since 2000
200091,025The Last Census

Harnett County had 38,605 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Harnett County has a total area<3> of 601 square miles [1,557 km²]. Of this total, 595 square miles [1,541 km²] of the area is land, with the balance (1.05%) being water (6.29 square miles [16.28 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Harnett County had a population density of 153 people per square mile [59.1 people/km²], making it the state's 34th 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 Harnett County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Harnett and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Harnett County QuickFact (QF-37085).

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

(2009 Est)
(2000 Census)
Change in

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

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
ChathamQF-37037   NW64,77249,32931.31%
CumberlandQF-37051   S315,207302,9634.04%
JohnstonQF-37101   NE168,525121,96538.17%
LeeQF-37105   W60,47749,04023.32%
SampsonQF-37163   SE63,71360,1615.9%
WakeQF-37183   N897,214627,84642.9%

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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 Harnett. 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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