Introduction to Dunn, North Carolina

Dunn, North Carolina, in Harnett county, is 23 miles NE of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center) and 32 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Dunn History

In the 1870s, present day Dunn was comprised primarily of woodlands with a few small cotton fields and farms. Gradually, logging camps and barrooms developed in the area. "Wade," "Lucknow," and "Hell's Half Acre" are some of the early names of the community. The name "Dunn" honors Mr. Bennett R. Dunn, who supervised the construction of a railroad between Wilson and Fayetteville. The city of Dunn was incorporated on February 12, 1887 when it was a logging town and a turpentine distilling center. More recently, the city has become dependent on agriculture, tourism, manufacturing, and distribution. Dunn is the hometown of the father of the American Airborne, General William C. Lee, and rock and roll guitar star, Link Wray.

Dunn and Nearby Attractions

  • Averasboro Battlefield Museum
  • Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site
  • Raven Rock State Park
  • J.C. Raulston Arboretum
  • Fascinate-U Children's Museum

Things To Do In Dunn

Dunn is home to the General William C. Lee Airborne Museum, and the Averasboro Battlefield Museum. The General William C. Lee Airborne Museum showcases historical exhibits on the American Airborne and special operations units. Fayetteville Museum of Art, and Fascinate-U Children's Museum are other museums nearby. Bentonville Battleground State Historic Site, where a Civil War battle was fought in 1865, is also in the area. It was at this battle that the Union forces won a decisive victory over the Confederates. Raven Rock State Park offers facilities for camping, fishing, canoeing, hiking, and picnicking. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Chicora Golf Course. J.C. Raulston Arboretum is another popular destination in the area.

Dunn Transportation

Air transportation is available from Raleigh - Durham International Airport.

Dunn Higher Education

Heritage Bible College is located in Dunn. Other nearby colleges include Fayetteville State University, Wake Technical Community College, and Meredith College.


Total Population 9,654
Male Share of the Population 44.6%
Female Share of the Population 55.4%
Senior Citizens 20%
Employed Population 16+ 3,687
Age of the Population 43


% of people married 37.5%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.4%
Median Earnings25+ $26,512
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $11,707
Median Earnings With High School Degree $20,057


Median Family Income $41,712
% Above Poverty Level 73.4%
% Below Poverty Level 26.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 22 minutes
% Working from Home 2.7%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.3%
% Using Public Transportation 0.1%


People Living Alone 37.5%
Median Gross Rent $647
Median House Value $108,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54.3%
US/American 0%
English 8.2%
Irish 5.1%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dunn Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 23 miles NE of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 32 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Harnett
Standard Zip Codes 28334
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28335
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.306
Longitude -78.609

Dunn Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station DUNN 4 NW
Distance 4.2 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.5 inches
Distance 22.1 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Distance 24 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 69 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 72 F
Annual Precip 45.7 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Benson 3,478 $33,173
Buies Creek 2,668 $51,920
Coats 2,628 $50,938
Erwin 4,601 $46,006
Falcon 226 $85,417
Linden 169 $51,875

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Dunn Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(910) 892-7161
Emergency Service: Yes

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Dunn High Schools

Serves 604 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.1

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