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The county was formed in 1746 from Edgecombe County. It was named for John Carteret, 1st Earl Granville, whose claim as heir of one of the Lords Proprietors of Carolina had been settled two years earlier by the grant of the northern half of North Carolina. This territory came to be known as the "Granville District."
In 1752 parts of Granville County, Bladen County, and Johnston County were combined to form Orange County. In 1764 the eastern part of Granville County became Bute County. Finally, in 1881 parts of Granville County, Franklin County, and Warren County were combined to form Vance County.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,390 km² (537 mi²). 1,376 km² (531 mi²) of it is land and 14 km² (5 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 1.02% water.
The county is divided into nine townships: Brassfield, Dutch Creek, Fishing Creek, Oak Hill, Oxford, Salem, Sassafras Fork, Tally Ho, and Walnut Grove.
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 48,498 people, 16,654 households, and 12,040 families residing in the county. The population density is 35/km² (91/mi²). There are 17,896 housing units at an average density of 13/km² (34/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 60.74% White, 34.94% Black or African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.36% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.43% from other races, and 1.06% from two or more races. 4.02% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 16,654 households out of which 33.30% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 53.10% are married couples living together, 15.00% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% are non-families. 23.90% of all households are made up of individuals and 9.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.58 and the average family size is 3.05.
In the county the population is spread out with 23.90% under the age of 18, 8.50% from 18 to 24, 33.30% from 25 to 44, 22.80% from 45 to 64, and 11.40% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 36 years. For every 100 females there are 110.70 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 111.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $39,965, and the median income for a family is $46,013. Males have a median income of $30,418 versus $24,840 for females. The per capita income for the county is $17,118. 11.70% of the population and 9.00% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 15.20% are under the age of 18 and 14.10% are 65 or older.
Cities and towns
List of North Carolina counties