Fair Bluff, NC

Fair Bluff, situated in Columbus County, is a small town made up of 2.2 square miles.

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Fair Bluff is home to the Powell House.  


The median resident age in Fair Bluff is 55 years. The median estimated household income is about $23,000 making it about $25,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $18,000. The average price for a home in Fair Bluff is about $85,000 (2015) which is $45,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Fair Bluff is 33% White, 64% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 2% other. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 9% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 10% are divorced, 5% are separated, 17% are widowed, leaving 30% that have never been married. 

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Columbus County

Fair Bluff belongs to Columbus County in the southern part of North Carolina. The county was named after Christopher Columbus, and was formed from parts of Brunswick and Bladen counties. Columbus County has a population of 58,000 and its largest city Whiteville, with a population of 5,400, is the county seat.

State and Federal Investigations started Operation Gateway US in 1983, an investigation into the actions of many of the elected officials in Columbus and Brunswick counties. They arrested several affluential residents, and confiscated 37 million dollars of illegal drugs. In the news the scandal was referred to as "COLCOR"; meaning Columbus Corruption.

Columbus County borders Robeson, Horry (South Carolina), Brunswick, Pender, and Bladen counties.

Columbus County is made up of 954 square miles. 937 of which is land with the remaining 17 as water.


The population of Fair Bluff, NC is about 1,000. The population has been steadily decreasing since 2000.


The elevation of Fair Bluff, NC is 66 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Fair Bluff, NC is 28439.

Area Code

The area code for Fair Bluff, NC is 910.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Fair Bluff and Columbus County have voted mostly Republican, with 54% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous one or two elections.

As of 2010, 42% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 55% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 3%.


The unemployment rate for Fair Bluff is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, waste management, retail, and utilities make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The News Reporter is the primary newspaper that covers the Columbus County area.