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

The community of Marion is the Seat for McDowell County.

McDowell County was founded in 1842. McDowell was created by taking area from Burke and Counties.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> McDowell had a population of 43,988 people. This is an increase of 4.36% since the last Census (which gave a population of 42,151 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, McDowell represented 0.52% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 57th 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
201044,996+6.75%+2.29% since 2009
200943,988+4.36%+0.17% since 2008
200843,912+4.18%+0.73% since 2007
200743,593+3.42% 
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200042,151The Last Census

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

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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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