presents small-town living at its best, while situated in one of the
region's fastest growing urban areas. Located in Harnett
County, Erwin lies twenty-four miles north of Fayetteville
and thirty-five miles south of the rapidly expanding Raleigh-Durham
Metro Area. As members of the world-renowned Research
Triangle Regional Partnership, where high technology, research
and development thrive, Harnett County and Erwin claim a solid and
County reported a population just over 91,000 in the Census
2000. In 2004,
estimates showed more than 101,500 citizens, which proved a 50%
increase since the 1990 Census. Located less than an hour's
commute to the Research
Triangle Park, future population expansion into the mostly rural
county is assured. Erwin's population numbered at just less
than 5,000, offering the security and friendliness of Southern
formed in 1903, grew up around the Erwin Cotton Mill Company.
The owners chose the site because it lies on the eastern side of the
Fear River, and near to the many cotton fields that were part of
Harnett County's main economy.
The mills became so successful that for most of the century, Erwin
bore the title "Denim Capital of the World". Though
the mill closed in the year 2000, Erwin residents proudly host the
annual "Denim Days Festival", a fun and food filled event
where local arts and craftsmen display their wares.
Denim Capital era is over now, Erwin citizens cite a new motto:
"Pride in our Past… Hope in our Future". With the
rapid influx of new high technology and research firms flooding into
County area, and the desire for urban dwellers to escape the
bustle of city life, Erwin residents expect solid future growth. Its location is ideal, with easy access to Interstates 95 and
40, as well as excellent NC highways; Erwin is the perfect home
commute to the large cities.
County presently remains a mostly rural area, with several small
towns and the city of Dunn.
This provides Erwin with tranquil, countryside surroundings.
North Carolina's natural beauty is well known. Three wonderful
preserves lie within thirty miles of Erwin. The Hemlock
Bluffs Nature Preserve, Jordan
Lake State Recreation Area, and the stunning Raven
Rock State Park provide residents with plenty of outdoor
North Carolina preserves its past and the ambience of small town
living. With a gentle, moderate Southern climate, and an
economic climate that steadily strengthens, Erwin’s future is
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