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Overview

Introduction to Laurinburg, North Carolina

Laurinburg, North Carolina, in Scotland county, is 38 miles SW of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center) and 83 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Laurinburg History

The present day city of Laurinburg was first settled in 1785. It was named after the McLaurin family, who were the prominent settlers of the area. Originally, it was spelled Laurinburgh but, eventually, the letter h was dropped from the name. The area's first private school was established in 1852 and was known as Laurinburgh High School. The Wilmington, Charlotte and Rutherfordton Railroad first entered the city in 1861. Laurinburg was incorporated in 1877 and became the county seat, of the newly formed Scotland County, in 1899.

Laurinburg and nearby Attractions

  • Historic John Blue House and Cotton Gin
  • Scottish Heritage Center
  • Indian Museum of the Carolinas
  • Raeford Hoke Museum
  • Marlboro County Historical Museum
  • Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve

Things To Do In Laurinburg

Laurinburg is home to the Indian Museum of the Carolinas. You can also visit the Historic John Blue House and Cotton Gin and Marlboro County Historical Museum. The Ellicott Rock Wilderness, which is only few minutes from the city, offers facilities for camping, hiking, and fishing. You can enjoy shopping at the Westwood Shopping Center. The Cheraw State Recreation Area and Lumber River State Park are also worth visiting.

Laurinburg Transportation

Air transportation is available from Moore County Airport.

Laurinburg Higher Education

St Andrews Presbyterian College is the local college. University of North Carolina at Pembroke, Francis Marion University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, and several other colleges and universities also offer higher educational facilities.

People

Total Population 15,694
Male Share of the Population 45.7%
Female Share of the Population 54.3%
Senior Citizens 17%
Employed Population 16+ 4,851
Age of the Population 40

Families

% of people married 36%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 20.8%
Median Earnings25+ $27,421
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $19,289
Median Earnings With High School Degree $19,838

Wealth

Median Family Income $36,578
% Above Poverty Level 66.7%
% Below Poverty Level 33.3%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 3.1%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.8%
% Using Public Transportation 0.5%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.8%
Median Gross Rent $561
Median House Value $94,300

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.9%
US/American 0%
English 4.9%
Irish 3.1%

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

Laurinburg Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 38 miles SW of Fayetteville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 83 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Scotland
Standard Zip Codes 28352
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28353
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 34.773
Longitude -79.463

Laurinburg Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

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

Station LAURINBURG
Distance 1.7 miles
Jan Temp 32 to 53 F
Apr Temp 49 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 91 F
Oct Temp 50 to 74 F
Annual Precip 48.1 inches
Station HAMLET
Distance 15.4 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 53 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 49 inches
Station CHERAW
Distance 24.4 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 53 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 48 to 74 F
Annual Precip 47.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
East Laurinburg 367 $30,500
Gibson 516 $27,500
Hamlet 6,525 $41,958
Maxton 2,598 $24,968
Red Springs 3,451 $28,135
Wagram 897 $42,232

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

Laurinburg Public Libraries

Library
Scotland County Memorial Library
312 WEST CHURCH STREET
Laurinburg, North Carolina
(910) 276-0563

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Laurinburg Hospitals

SCOTLAND MEMORIAL HOSPITAL
(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
500 LAUCHWOOD DR
(910) 291-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Laurinburg High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

SCOTLAND HIGH
1000 W CHURCH ST
910-276-7370
Serves 1,824 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.2

SHAW ELEMENTARY
18700 OLD WIRE ROAD
910-276-0611
A Title I School.
Serves 208 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.9

LAURINBURG CHARTER
125 MCGIRT BRIDGE RD
910-276-6635
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 121 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

THE LAURINBURG HOMEWORK CTR
17160 PLANT ROAD
910-277-8010
A Charter School.
A Title I School.
Serves 94 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.4

EAST LAURINBURG
HWY 74 E
910-277-4316
A Non-traditional School
Serves 85 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.7

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