Harnett County, North Carolina presents
an oasis of tranquil rural living and pleasant small-town
communities, surrounded by some of
NC's fastest growing urban regions. Harnett County lies to
the south of the ever-expanding
Metropolitan Area and north of the thriving city of
globally recognized Research
Triangle Park, home to over one hundred research and development
firms, is less than an hour's commute.
Situated in the south-central
portion of North Carolina, Harnett County’s 600 square miles lie
within both the
Coastal Plain Regions. The
Fear River and its many tributaries provide wonderful
recreation and scenic vistas. Harnett
County residents enjoy a moderate Southern climate, with
temperatures averaging 78 degrees in July and 39 degrees in January.
Scant amounts of snow fall here, rarely more than 3 inches
per winter. Forty-eight
inches of summer rainfall keep Harnett County cool and green.
2000 recorded Harnett County’s population at just over
91,000. The 2004 Census
Estimate showed over 101,500 residents, almost a 50% increase since
the 1990 Census. The
towns and municipalities within
County are small, with the city of
proving the largest, with just over 10,000 people.
Nine other towns and municipalities call Harnett County home,
all with populations less than 5,000.
The remainder of the populace resides on small farms,
enjoying country living at its finest.
City, offers a stable and strong economy supported by
agriculture, manufacturing, distribution and tourism.
Faith plays a large part in Dunn’s society. Thirty churches thrive here, as well as
Bible College and
Bible College. Dunn
hosts the North Carolina Cotton Festival each year, a tribute to its
solid agricultural base.
Harnett’s county seat,
nestles on the banks of the picturesque Cape Fear River.
This community of 3,000 prides itself on strong family values
and an outstanding quality of life.
Outdoor activities abound in this scenic region. The amazing
Rock State Park in
is home to a stunning crystalline structure that rises upwards over
150 feet and extends more than a mile along the river.
Known for its diversity of wonderful wildflowers, the park
provides an excellent spot to fish or canoe in its many streams.
Harnett County’s town of
just fewer than 5,000 people. In
the past, Erwin claimed the title of "Denim Capital of the
World", the town forming around a vital cotton mill in 1903.
celebrates the Denim Days Festival each October, honoring their
heritage and showcasing local arts and crafts.
The town of Angier
is exhibiting a spurt of economic growth, with many new
businesses discovering this tight-knit community of less than
4,000 residents. Angier literally blooms with the annual
golf tournament held here is a huge success.
The towns of
are tiny communities of less than 2,000 people.
Averasboro was the site of a
War battle and is home to the
Battlefield and Museum.
Kipling contains the Harnett County Indian Museum.
Located in Buie's Creek, Harnett County's
Carolina's Community College owns the only laser and
fiber optics laboratory in the southeast.
Along with Campbell
University, county residents receive excellent
educations. Twelve other universities lie within an hour’s drive.
Interstates 95 and 40, along with several 4-lane NC highways
provide Harnett County easy and quick access to all the nearby urban
County, North Carolina offers the peace and security of
small-town living. Future growth will continue as the surrounding metropolis
cities expand, but the unique spirit of Harnett County’s slower
pace of life is sure to endure.
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