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

The community of Salisbury is the Seat for Rowan County.

Rowan County was founded in 1753 and was created by taking area from AnsonCounty.

From the Census Estimates for 2009, <1> Rowan had a population of 140,798 people. This is an increase of 8.02% since the last Census (which gave a population of 130,340 people in 2000).

At the time of the 2000 Census, Rowan represented 1.62% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 17th 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
2010138,428+6.21%-1.68% since 2009
2009140,798+8.02%+0.76% since 2008
2008139,739+7.21%+1.75% since 2007
2007137,337+5.37% 
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2000130,340The Last Census

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

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

Community 2009
Population
2000
Population
Change
(2009vs. 2000)
Salisbury   31,04126,46217.3% increase  
China Grove   3,7623,6164.04% increase  
Spencer   3,4023,3551.4% increase  
Landis   3,1212,9964.17% increase  
Granite Quarry   2,3072,1756.07% increase  

Websites for Rowan County

Official Website:   www.co.rowan.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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