Area
795 square miles, North Carolina's eleventh largest county

County Seat
Smithfield

Famous Johnstonians
* Ava Gardner - Hollywood movie actress
* Barry Foote - Major league baseball player for the New York Yankees and Montreal Expos
* Edward Pou - Congressman in U.S. House of Representatives from 1901 to 1934
* Lunsford Richardson - inventor of Vicks Vapo-Rub
* Neal Lancaster - PGA golfer

Highest Elevation
370 feet, near Clayton

History
Formed in 1746 from Craven County; named in honor of Gabriel Johnston, Royal Governor of North Carolina 1734-1752.

Location
East-central part of North Carolina; bounded by Wilson, Wayne, Sampson, Harnett, Wake and Nash counties.

Municipalities
Benson, Clayton, Four Oaks, Kenly, Micro, Pine Level, Princeton, Selma, Smithfield and Wilson's Mills

Oldest Town
Smithfield, formed in 1777

Population
157,267 (2007); fastest growing county in North Carolina in the last ten years; in top 100 fastest growing counties in United States during same period.

Rivers
Neuse River, Little River

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