Columbus County
County of Columbus
Columbus County Courthouse, Whiteville
Flag of Columbus County
Official seal of Columbus County
"We are ready to grow with you."
Map of North Carolina highlighting Columbus County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 34°16′N 78°40′W / 34.26°N 78.67°W / 34.26; -78.67
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forChristopher Columbus
Largest cityWhiteville
 • Total954 sq mi (2,470 km2)
 • Land937 sq mi (2,430 km2)
 • Water16 sq mi (40 km2)  1.7%
 • Estimate 
 • Density58.8/sq mi (22.7/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district7th

Columbus County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina, on its southeastern border. Its county seat is Whiteville.[1] The 2020 census showed a loss of 12.9% of the population from that of 2010. As of the 2020 Census, the population is 50,623.[2] This included inmate prison population of approximately 2500.[3]


The third largest county in North Carolina was formed in 1808 in the early federal period from parts of Bladen and Brunswick counties. Named for Christopher Columbus, the county was formed by an Act of the General Assembly because of the difficulties of the inhabitants getting to a county seat to transact legal business.[4] The area comprising the county was once part of Bath precinct, organized under the English Crown in 1696. It was at least 50 years after that before the area began to achieve more than meager settlement by European settlers. Until then it was the land of the Waccamaw Siouan Indians.[5]

Waccamaw Siouan Indian tribe

Today the Waccamaw Siouan Indians are one of eight state-recognized tribes. Their homeland territory is at the edge of Green Swamp in present-day Columbus County. Historically, the "eastern Siouans" had territories extending through the area of Columbus County prior to any European exploration or settlement in the 16th century.

English colonial settlement in what was known as Carolina did not increase until the late 17th and early 18th centuries. Following epidemics of new infectious diseases, to which indigenous peoples were exposed in trading and other contact, the Waccamaw and other Native Americans often suffered disruption and fatalities when caught between larger tribes and colonists in the Tuscarora and Yamasee wars. Afterward most of the Tuscarora people migrated north, joining other Iroquoian-speaking peoples of the Five Nations of the Iroquois Confederacy in New York State by 1722. At that point the leaders declared their migration ended and the tribe officially relocated to that area.

The Waccamaw Siouan ancestors retreated for safety to an area of Green Swamp near Lake Waccamaw.[6] Throughout the 19th century, the Waccamaw Siouan were seldom mentioned in the historical record. If descendants intermarried with whites and/or African Americans, their children were assumed to lose their Indian status, although they were often reared in Indian culture. Since North Carolina was a slave society, whites classified anyone with visible African features as slaves and blacks first.

In the post-Reconstruction period, after white Democrats regained dominance in politics, they emphasized white supremacy and classified all non-whites as black. For instance, Native Americans could not attend schools for white children. Toward the end of the century, the U.S. Census recorded common Waccamaw surnames among individuals in the small isolated communities of this area.[7]

In 1910, the Waccamaw officially established their earliest-known governmental body, named the Council of Wide Awake Indians. At a time of racial segregation in North Carolina schools, Native American children were grouped with African-American children as students. The Council sought to gain public funding for Indian schools, as the Lumbee (then known as Croatan Indians) had achieved elsewhere in the state in the late 19th century. They also hoped to gain federal recognition as a tribe. This was rare for landless Indians. Federal recognition had been associated with the treaty making that was related to land cessions and removal of Indians to reservations.

The Council opened its first publicly funded school in 1933, and founded others soon after. The Waccamaw and other Native Americans continued to have difficulty in getting state funding for schools. Minorities had been effectively disenfranchised in North Carolina since passage of a suffrage amendment in 1900 that created barriers to voter registration. The Council campaigned for federal recognition in 1940 during the administration of President Franklin D. Roosevelt, which promoted improving conditions for Native Americans. It had passed the Indian Reorganization Act of 1934, which encouraged tribes to re-establish self-government.[7]

The name Waccamaw Siouan was first officially used in US government documents in 1949, when a bill intended to grant the tribe federal recognition was introduced in Congress by the representative of this district.[7] The bill was defeated in committee the following year. But changes in federal policy following Native American activism in the 1960s and 1970s enabled the Waccamaw to obtain more public funding and economic assistance even without federal recognition.[7]

The Waccamaw Siouan tribe gained recognition in 1971 by the North Carolina Commission of Indian Affairs as one of eight state-recognized tribes. The tribe organized as the Waccamaw Siouan Development Association (WSDA), a nonprofit group founded in 1972. The group is headed by a nine-member board of directors, elected by secret ballot in elections open to all enrolled tribal members over the age of 18. In addition, the board includes a chief, whose role is largely symbolic.[7]


Some settlers came from Barbados up the Cape Fear River in search of land. Their home island was becoming overcrowded and these people came in search of new opportunities in a new frontier. Other early settlers came mostly from Britain, but a number of other nationalities were represented. Not to be overlooked are the number of freedmen from Virginia and northeastern North Carolina who settled in the area.

Most of the free African Americans of Virginia and North Carolina originated in Virginia where they became free in the seventeenth and eighteenth century before chattel slavery and racism fully developed in the colonies. In his book Free African Americans of Virginia, North Carolina, South Carolina, Maryland and Delaware, author Paul Heinegg said, "When they arrived in Virginia, Africans joined a society which was divided between master and white servant - a society with such contempt for white servants that masters were not punished for beating them to death in 1624. They joined the same households with white servants - working, eating, sleeping, getting drunk, and running away together." A number of Columbus families descend from slaves who were freed before the 1723 Virginia law which required legislative approval for manumissions. Many were landowners who were generally accepted by their white neighbors. Intermarriage between ethnic groups has produced a diverse population, with many descendants today not truly understanding their family history due to assumptions based on appearance.[8]

John Burgwin (1731-1803), colonial officer and merchant, left his native South Wales, England after his elder brother inherited their father's estate. Seeking his own fortune elsewhere, by early in 1750/51, Burgwin was employed as a merchant in Charleston, South Carolina with the firm of Hooper, Alexander and Company. The firm did business in Wilmington, and Burgwin apparently moved to the Cape Fear River area of North Carolina shortly thereafter. He built what is now known as the Burgwin-Wright house in Wilmington, which served as Lord Cornwallis' headquarters while he occupied the city in 1781. In addition to his Wilmington townhouse, Burgwin inherited from his wife the Hermitage Plantation and adjoining Castle Haynes Plantation. He also owned Marsh Castle at Lake Waccamaw in Columbus (then Bladen) County.[9]

At least two skirmishes of the American Revolution were fought on Columbus soil, one was the Battle of Seven Creeks near Pireway. After this battle, General Joseph Graham said "We fixed the wounded, buried the dead, and then marched to Marsh Castle and encamped on the White Marsh." The next day they learned of Cornwallis' surrender as they marched by Lake Waccamaw and joined Colonel Smith above Livingston Creek.[10]

The other skirmish was at Brown Marsh. General Graham wrote "The army continued to move down the Raft Swamp, from thence to Brown Marsh, where General Butler had had a battle with the British and Tories some weeks before, and encamped for several days near that place."[10] Bullets from this battle have been plowed up on a farm on the east side of the Brown Marsh.

Some of those who joined the Patriots:

William Bartram, botanist from Pennsylvania, journeyed to Lake Waccamaw to study the flora and fauna of the region in the 1770s. William was the son of John Bartram, the first person to form a botanic garden for American plants in America. William chronicled his travels through the American South in his extensive and insightful book, Travels Through North & South Carolina, Georgia, East & West Florida..., published in 1791.[12]

Firsts in Columbus County:


From January 1979 through December 1982,[13] State and Federal investigators conducted Operation NC Gateway, an investigation into the activities of several elected officials in Brunswick and Columbus counties. Law enforcement seized 37 million dollars of illegal drugs, and arrested several leading citizens in the area. The scandal was labeled "COLCOR" in the press, shorthand for Columbus Corruption.[14] The federal investigation culminated in federal convictions of former Brunswick County Sheriff Herman Strong and former Shallotte Police Chief Hoyal Varnum Jr., among other government officials.[15] The 1983 street value of the narcotics in Strong and his co-conspirators’ criminal enterprise was $180 million.[16][17]

COLCOR's success was largely due to the deep undercover work by FBI Special Agent Robert Drdak. His testimony to the Grand Jury led to the arrest of a long list of prominent Brunswick and Columbus County citizens. In addition, former U.S. Attorney, Samuel Currin, was the force behind operations ColCor and Operation Gateway. The special investigative grand jury in Brunswick County indicted 22 persons,[16] and 35 were indicted in Columbus County.[13] Among those indicted were:[13][18][19]

A documentation of the corruption of Atlantic Packaging CEO Rusty Carter Archived September 3, 2021, at the Wayback Machine


Interactive map of Columbus County

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 954 square miles (2,470 km2), of which 937 square miles (2,430 km2) is land and 16 square miles (41 km2) (1.7%) is water.[23] It is the third-largest county in North Carolina by land area. There are several large lakes within the county, including Lake Tabor and Lake Waccamaw.

One of the most significant geographic features is the Green Swamp, a 15,907-acre area in the north-eastern portion of the county. Highway 211 passes alongside it. The swamp contains several unique and endangered species, such as the venus flytrap. The area contains the Brown Marsh Swamp, and has a remnant of the giant longleaf pine forest that once stretched across the Southeast from Virginia to Texas.[24]

State and local protected areas

Major water bodies

Adjacent counties

Major highways

Major infrastructure


Historical population
Census Pop.
2021 (est.)50,092[25]−1.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[26]
1790-1960[27] 1900-1990[28]
1990-2000[29] 2010-2013[30]

2020 Census

Columbus County racial composition[32]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 30,019 59.3%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 14,503 28.65%
Native American 1,670 3.3%
Asian 156 0.31%
Pacific Islander 10 0.02%
Other/Mixed 1,652 3.26%
Hispanic or Latino 2,613 5.16%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 50,623 people, 21,580 households, and 14,243 families residing in the county. The population of the two prisons are included in this total

2010 Census

As of the 2010 census, the population was 58,098.[30] Columbus County led the state in opioid pills per person from 2006 to 2012 averaging 113.5 pills per person per year.[33]


In 2005 62.3% of the county population was White, 31.1% of the population was African-American, and 3.2% of the population was Native American. According to the 2010 census, 1,025 people in Columbus County self-identify as Waccamaw Siouan.[34] 2.8% of the population was Latino.

There were 21,308 households, out of which 31.50% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.80% were married couples living together, 15.80% had a female householder with no husband present, and 29.40% were non-families. 26.50% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.70% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.70% under the age of 18, 8.70% from 18 to 24, 27.40% from 25 to 44, 24.40% from 45 to 64, and 13.80% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 92.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.40 males.


The 2003 median income for a household in the county was $27,659, and the median income for a family was a little more than $33,800. Males had a median income of $28,494 versus $19,867 for females. The per capita income for the county was $14,415. About 17.60% of families and 20.30% of the population were below the poverty line, including 30.00% of those under age 18 and 25.50% of those age 65 or over.

2000 Census

As of the census[35] of 2000, there were 54,749 people, 21,308 households, and 15,043 families residing in the county. The population density was 58/sq mi (23/km2). As of 2004, there were 24,668 housing units at an average density of 26/sq mi (10/km2). The racial makeup for the county was 68.9% White, 23.1% Black or African American, 5.1% Native American, 0.2% Asian, 4.7% from other races, and 0.6% from two or more races. 2.7% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

Government and politics

Columbus County is governed by a board of seven Commissioners, elected from single-member districts.

The county is a member of the regional Cape Fear Council of Governments, where it participates in area planning on a variety of issues.

The county is represented in the North Carolina House of Representatives by District 46 and in the North Carolina Senate by District 8. As of 2022, it hosts about 36,200 registered voters, comprising about 15,344 registered Democrats, 10,100 registered Republicans and 10,700 unaffiliated.[36]

United States presidential election results for Columbus County, North Carolina[37]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 16,832 63.65% 9,446 35.72% 168 0.64%
2016 14,272 60.14% 9,063 38.19% 397 1.67%
2012 12,941 53.38% 11,050 45.58% 252 1.04%
2008 12,994 53.51% 11,076 45.61% 212 0.87%
2004 10,773 50.84% 10,343 48.81% 75 0.35%
2000 8,342 45.28% 9,986 54.20% 97 0.53%
1996 6,017 36.96% 9,019 55.40% 1,244 7.64%
1992 5,462 28.88% 11,469 60.63% 1,985 10.49%
1988 6,659 41.93% 9,172 57.75% 51 0.32%
1984 9,150 51.11% 8,728 48.75% 26 0.15%
1980 5,522 34.64% 10,212 64.07% 206 1.29%
1976 3,184 22.11% 11,148 77.41% 69 0.48%
1972 8,468 70.64% 3,305 27.57% 214 1.79%
1968 3,881 26.19% 4,243 28.64% 6,693 45.17%
1964 4,471 33.18% 9,004 66.82% 0 0.00%
1960 3,655 25.90% 10,455 74.10% 0 0.00%
1956 2,300 22.76% 7,805 77.24% 0 0.00%
1952 3,001 30.19% 6,941 69.81% 0 0.00%
1948 1,105 15.00% 5,511 74.79% 753 10.22%
1944 1,552 21.35% 5,717 78.65% 0 0.00%
1940 934 13.67% 5,900 86.33% 0 0.00%
1936 1,214 16.03% 6,359 83.97% 0 0.00%
1932 739 12.55% 5,098 86.55% 53 0.90%
1928 3,533 55.32% 2,854 44.68% 0 0.00%
1924 1,629 36.92% 2,757 62.49% 26 0.59%
1920 1,783 36.43% 3,111 63.57% 0 0.00%
1916 1,327 38.22% 2,143 61.72% 2 0.06%
1912 155 5.71% 1,668 61.44% 892 32.85%


The economy of Columbus County centers on agriculture and manufacturing. Columbus farmers produce crops such as pecans and peanuts, along with soybeans, potatoes, and corn. Cattle, poultry, and catfish are other agricultural products in the county.

Factories in the region produce textiles, tools, and plywood. Household products such as doors, furniture, and windows are also manufactured in Columbus.[38]

Carolina Southern stopped railroad service to the county in 2012, and efforts to restore service have proven difficult.[39] However, as of July 2014, positive developments were reported to return railroad service to the area, which was considered integral to spur economic development.[40]

in July 2014, Carolina Southern agreed to begin the process of allowing the counties of Horry County, South Carolina, Marion, South Carolina and Columbus County, NC to assume control of the area rail lines. The goal was to repair the railroad tracks and bridges through local governments and then to find a buyer to re-establish service to the area.[41] A public hearing on the matter was held on October 6, 2014.[42] During that meeting, the Columbus County Commissioners voted to support the initiative to restart rail service with a 10-year grant for the program. Some of the commissioners may not have revealed that they will benefit from the re-establishment of rail service.[43] The Horry County Council in October 2014 also voted to provide funding to reestablish railroad service to the area.[44] Although originally it was thought service could be restored as early as spring 2015,[45] however, the sale of the railroad was not completed until August, 2015 to R.J. Corman Railroad.[46][47] A new target date of February 2016 was announced, as millions of dollars are expected to be spent repairing the rail lines that have been idle since 2011.[48]

The county ranks low in state health rankings.[49]

Columbus County Animal Shelter

Columbus County maintains an animal shelter at 288 Legion Drive in Whiteville, NC. It has been the subject of critics - both government regulators and animal welfare activists.[50] Problems have been reported in its operations for "years and years and years."[51] In the past, the shelter has been fined [52] and has been warned by state regulators for shortcomings on various issues.[53]

In September 2015, a new manager was hired to combat these issues,[54] and he announced an ambitious plan to improve the shelter. In late October 2015, WECT reported that conditions at the shelter were improving, highlighting a large donation from Austria that was made possible by coordination on Facebook. The story also enumerated changes that the new director had made to improve conditions. As of November 2015, the volunteers maintain a Facebook page showing the animals the shelter has available for adoption.[55]


The county maintains a system of 6 libraries. The first public library for the county opened in 1921.[56]


There are two state prisons in the county, one at Tabor City, the Tabor City Correctional Institution, and one at Brunswick,[57]

Sheriff Department

The Sheriff's office provides law enforcement services for the county as well as operating the Columbus County Detention Center. The current sheriff is Steadman "Jody" Greene. In 2018, Candidate Jody Greene appeared to win by 37 votes. The election had many controversies. The state board of elections did not allowed the local board of elections to certify the vote because of alleged fraud. Three issues were discovered. 1. Evidence suggested that Jody Greene did not keep a permanent residence in Columbus County for the 12 calendar months before he filed to run for office.[58] 2. Jody Greene paid a consulting firm to manage absentee ballots, among other political activities, that has been accused of voter fraud. 181 absentee ballots came into question.[59][60] 3. Polling Issues, favoring Greene, existed that cast doubt on the voting process.[61] While Mr. Greene was sworn in as sheriff, the state board of elections and state attorney general said that it was in error.[62] The issue was resolved and Jody Green because Sherriff. Green's term is up in 2022 and he is running for re-election.

Racism Controversy:

On September 28th, 2022 it was discovered that the North Carolina SBI was investigating allegations of Obstruction of Justice at the Columbus County Sheriffs Office. A recording was released by the media of Sheriff Jody Greene making racist comments. [63]



Map of Columbus County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Columbus County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels



Census-designated places

Unincorporated areas

See also


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