Fayetteville is located in Cumberland County
(of which it is the county seat) between Raleigh
along US Highway 401 on the banks of the Cape Fear River
near the Fort Bragg Military Reservation, Dunn
, and Wade
. The population estimate for July 1, 1998 was 77,295, an increase of 1,445 since 1990. Fayetteville has four designated historic districts: Downtown Historic District, Haymount Historic District, Liberty Point National Register District and Market House Square National Register District.
Fayetteville is part of the Fayetteville, North Carolina metro area.