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Robeson County, North Carolina

US county information
NameRobeson County
StateNorth Carolina
SeatLumberton
US Area
Total Area951 sq mi (2463.1 km2)
Land Area949 sq mi (2457.9 km2)
Water Area2 sq mi (5.2 km2)
Population134168 (2000)
Density50/km2 (129.5/sq mi)
Founded1787

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Robeson County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of 2010 it had a population of 134,168. Since then, it has been one of the 10% of United States counties that were majority-minority; its combined population of American Indian, African American and Latino residents comprise over 68% of the total. Native Americans make up 38% of the population.

Robeson County was formed in 1787 from part of Bladen County. It was named in honor of Col. Thomas Robeson of Tar Heel, North Carolina, a hero of the Revolutionary War. In 1781, Robeson and 70 Patriots defeated an army of 400 Loyalists at the Battle of Elizabethtown.

Lumberton is the county seat. The University of North Carolina at Pembroke, a historically Native American college, is located in the county.


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