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Where Is North Carolina?

The State of North Carolina, shown in red on the adjacent map, is bounded by Virginia on the north, by South Carolina on the south, and by the Atlantic Ocean on the east.  It is bordered by Tennessee to the west and by Georgia to the southwest.

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North Carolina is the 29th largest state in the United States, covering a land area of 48,711 square miles (126,161 square kilometers).  The pine forests that cover many of the state's 100 counties produce tar, pitch, and turpentine; they account for its Pine Tar State nickname.  This North Carolina map site features North Carolina road maps, topographical maps, and relief maps.  The detailed, scrollable road map displays North Carolina counties, cities, and towns as well as Interstate, U.S., and North Carolina state highways.  The pannable, scalable North Carolina street map can be zoomed in to show local streets and detailed imagery.

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NC Topo Map

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NC Relief Map

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The detailed North Carolina map and the regional North Carolina map display cities, roads, rivers, and lakes as well as terrain features.  The detailed map shows only the State of North Carolina, while the regional map shows North Carolina and the surrounding region. 

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North Carolina's capital city is Raleigh.  Other major cities in North Carolina include Charlotte, Greensboro, Durham, and Winston-Salem.  Important mid-size cities in North Carolina include Fayetteville, Cary, High Point and Wilmington.  In 2005, the population of North Carolina was estimated at 8,672,459, which is about 178.3 people per square mile.  In 2010, North Carolina's population rose to 9,535,483 people.  The state's Interstate Highways include I-26, I-40, I-77, I-85, and I-95.

North Carolina Topography

Sunrise on the Outer Banks, Corolla, NC North Carolina was named in honor of King Charles I of England.  Swamps and sandy, forested dunes abound in the state's low-lying coastal plain.  In western North Carolina, hills rise gradually toward the Blue Ridge and Great Smoky Mountains.  National Seashores along the Outer Banks draw visitors during the summer months, while the Blue Ridge National Parkway draws tourists who enjoy the restful mountain scenery.

For North Carolina travel information, visit the official North Carolina tourism site and North Carolina Atlas.

Other Maps of North Carolina

This North Carolina reference map shows major cities, roads, railroads, and physical features in North Carolina, and this North Carolina county map can be used to find census data about North Carolina's counties.

Several map publishing companies offer printed maps of North Carolina.  For example, the Kappa Map Group offers several maps of North Carolina that feature points of interest, airports, and parks, as well as selected local attractions and insets of major North Carolina cities.  Rand McNally offers a selection of North Carolina maps and atlases at their online map store.

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