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Time Zone: Johnston County lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time.

The community of Smithfield is the Seat for Johnston County.

Johnston County was founded in 1746 and was created by taking area from CravenCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Johnston had a population of 168,525 people. This is an increase of 38.17% since the last Census (which gave a population of 121,965 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Johnston represented 1.52% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 21st most populous county (out of 100 counties).

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

YearPopulationChange
Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
2010168,878+38.46%+0.21% since 2009
2009168,525+38.17%+3.19% since 2008
2008163,311+33.9%+4.08% since 2007
2007156,916+28.66% 
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2000121,965The Last Census

More information can be found on the Johnston County Census Page for Johnston County.

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Below are some of the communities located in Johnston County (for more communities, please visit our Nearby Page for Johnston County):

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Clayton   16,3626,973134.6% increase  
Smithfield   13,20111,51014.69% increase  
Selma   7,0635,91419.43% increase  
Benson   3,5692,92322.1% increase  
Four Oaks   2,0971,42447.26% increase  

Websites for Johnston County

Official Website:   www.co.johnston.nc.us/

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<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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