The current population of Carthage is approximately 2,369 residents and it continues to grow. There is a major subdivision, Forest Ridge, which is building homes on Union Church Road, near the Union Pines High School. Another major subdivision, Cabin Branch, is also located on Union Church Road, making this one of the fastest growing areas in the Sandhills, which includes the famous resort towns of Pinehurst and Southern Pines. Little River Farm, a golf course community on the southern edge of Carthage, offers golf packages, rental condominiums and a beautiful club house.The club house includes a bar, restaurant and banquet facilities that can accommodate 300 people. Beautiful home sites are available as well.
Carthage has continued to grow due to its placement between Hwy 24/27 (east to west) and Hwy 15-501 (north to south). Carthage students attend some of the best schools in the area which include Union Pines High School, New Century Middle School, Carthage Elementary and Sandhills Farmlife Elementary. All schools have won awards for Schools of Excellence and Schools of Distinction.
Many years ago the Town was awarded a $2.5 grant to construct a new water plant which doubled its capacity. The town is currently building a new pretreatment basin and clear well which will enable the Town to provide some of the best water around. The town is connected to the Moore County Wastewater Treatment Plant.
Current tax rate as of July 2019 is $0.50 and one half cent per hundred.