Lillington, North Carolina
Downtown Lillington
Downtown Lillington
"Welcome to the Heart of Harnett County"
Location of Lillington, North Carolina
Location of Lillington, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°23′55″N 78°48′49″W / 35.39861°N 78.81361°W / 35.39861; -78.81361Coordinates: 35°23′55″N 78°48′49″W / 35.39861°N 78.81361°W / 35.39861; -78.81361
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • TypeBoard of Commissioners
 • MayorGlenn McFadden
 • Total4.66 sq mi (12.07 km2)
 • Land4.61 sq mi (11.95 km2)
 • Water0.04 sq mi (0.12 km2)
Elevation194 ft (59 m)
 • Total3,194
 • Estimate 
 • Density792.59/sq mi (306.01/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code910
FIPS code37-38220[5]
GNIS feature ID1021150[2]

Lillington is a town in Harnett County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,194 at the 2010 census,[3] and was estimated in 2018 to be 3,604.[6] It is the county seat of Harnett County.[7] Lillington is a part of the Dunn Micropolitan Area, which is also a part of the greater Raleigh–Durham–Cary Combined Statistical Area as defined by the United States Census Bureau.


Lillington is located near the geographic center of Harnett County.[8] U.S. Route 401 (Main Street) passes through the center of town, leading north 31 miles (50 km) to Raleigh, the state capital, and south 27 miles (43 km) to Fayetteville. U.S. Route 421 follows US-401 along North Main Street through the town, but turns west out of town via West Front Street, leading 22 miles (35 km) to Sanford. US-421 turns east from US-401 near the northern end of town and leads southeast 14 miles (23 km) to Dunn.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Lillington has a total area of 4.6 square miles (11.9 km2), of which 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.68%, is covered by water.[3] The Cape Fear River crosses the northern part of the town.

Poorhouse Creek, a tributary to the Cape Fear River, begins on the southwestern end of Lillington.


A post office called Lillington has been in operation since 1874. The town was originally called Harnett Court House.[9] The town of Lillington is named for John Alexander Lillington (c. 1725–1786), aka Alexander John Lillington, who was a Patriot officer from North Carolina in the American Revolutionary War, notably fighting in the Battle of Moore's Creek Bridge in 1776 and serving as brigadier general in the state militia.[10][11]

The Summer Villa and the McKay-Salmon House and Summerville Presbyterian Church and Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[12]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)3,657[4]14.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
2013 Estimate[14]

2020 census

Lillington racial composition[15]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 2,314 48.87%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,534 32.4%
Native American 39 0.82%
Asian 38 0.8%
Pacific Islander 8 0.17%
Other/Mixed 225 4.75%
Hispanic or Latino 577 12.19%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 4,735 people, 924 households, and 540 families residing in the town.

2000 census

As of the census of 2000, 2,915 people, 799 households, and 484 families resided in the town. The population density was 730.5 people per square mile (282.1/km2). The 894 housing units averaged 224.0 per square mile (86.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 54.75% White, 40.55% African American, 0.79% Native American, 0.45% Asian, and 2.26% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 4.08% of the population.

Of the 799 households, 25.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 18.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.4% were not families. About 33.9% of all households were made up of individuals, and 17.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.26 and the average family size was 2.88.

In the town, the population was distributed as 15.2% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 40.4% from 25 to 44, 17.5% from 45 to 64, and 17.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 141.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 154.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,670, and for a family was $42,366. Males had a median income of $30,305 versus $23,214 for females. The per capita income for the town was $13,664. About 12.4% of families and 20.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.2% of those under age 18 and 20.4% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people

See also


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Lillington, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b c "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Lillington town, North Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved December 13, 2017.
  4. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  5. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  6. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved November 18, 2019.
  7. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  9. ^ "Harnett County". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 16 June 2015.
  10. ^ Gannett, Henry (1905). The Origin of Certain Place Names in the United States. U.S. Government Printing Office. p. 186.
  11. ^ Lewis, J.D. "The American Revolution in North Carolina, John Alexander Lillington". Retrieved March 18, 2019.
  12. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  13. ^ United States Census Bureau. "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved October 17, 2014.
  14. ^ "Population Estimates". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2014-05-22. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  15. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved 2021-12-22.