Richlands is a town in Onslow County, North Carolina, United States. The 2010 population was 1,520. It is included in the Jacksonville, North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. Incorporated on March 29, 1880, it was the first town in Onslow County to have its own library and museum (home of the Onslow County Museum). Richlands was also the first town in Onslow County to have a female mayor, Annette Hargett.
A post office called Richlands has been in operation since 1806. The town was so named on account of their rich soil.
The Avirett-Stephens Plantation, Richlands Historic District, Taylor Farm, and Venters Farm Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.2 square miles (3.1 km2), all of it land.
Guy C. Wiggins Hardware has been around for over ninety years. The store is located at 103 W Hargett Street.
As of the census of 2000, there were 928 people, 399 households, and 244 families residing in the town. The population density was 781.1 people per square mile (301.1/km2).