Mount Airy, North Carolina
|Mount Airy, North Carolina|
|— City —|
|• Mayor||Deborah Cochran|
|• Total||8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)|
|• Land||8.4 sq mi (21.7 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,115 ft (340 m)|
|• Density||1,200/sq mi ( 480/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0990306|
Mount Airy was settled in the 1750s as a stagecoach stop on the road between Winston-Salem, North Carolina and Galax, Virginia. It was named for a nearby plantation. Mount Airy was incorporated in 1885.
As of the census of 2010, there were 10,388 people in 4,934 households. The people per square mile was 891.4. There were 5,296 housing units. The Population percent change from 2000 to 2010 was 22.4% up. The racial makeup of the city was 84.1% White descent, 8.2% African American, 0.3% American Indian and Alaska Native, 1.4% Asian, 0.1% Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander, 2.2% Persons reporting two or more races, 6.7% Hispanic or Latino. Persons per household was 2.10. Average household income was $35,428. Persons below poverty level was 21.1%. High school graduates were 76.9% and Bachelor's degree or higher was 25.9%.
As of the census of 2000, there were 8,484 people, 3,667 households, and 2,130 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,010.8 people per square mile (390.4/km²). There were 4,129 housing units at an average density of 491.9 per square mile (190.0/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 85.34% White descent, 7.99% African American, 0.35% Native American, 2.55% Asian American, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 2.49% from other races, and 1.24% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.87% of the population.
There were 3,667 households out of which 24.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 14.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 41.9% were non-families. 38.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.87.
In the city the population was spread out with 21.6% under the age of 18, 6.5% from 18 to 24, 25.1% from 25 to 44, 21.3% from 45 to 64, and 25.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 84.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.4 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $26,910, and the median income for a family was $33,412. Males had a median income of $27,299 versus $24,830 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,237. About 17.4% of families and 19.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.7% of those under age 18 and 20.7% of those age 65 or over.
Actor Andy Griffith was born in Mount Airy, and the town is believed to have been the basis for Mayberry, the setting of the TV showsThe Andy Griffith Show and Mayberry RFD. Until he returned to Mount Airy, 45 years after the show, Griffith denied the connection. The community holds an annual "Mayberry Days" celebration during the last weekend of September; 30,000 attended in 2009, and 50,000 were expected for the show's 50th anniversary in 2010. The University of North Carolina at Greensboro estimates the town receives $5 million each year as a result. Surviving member of the cast, along with family members of other cast members, often visit. The 2012 event is slated to have Karen Knotts (Don's daughter) and George Lindsey Jnr (eponymous son of Goober).
The Andy Griffith Museum, founded in 2009 by Emmett Forrest, attracts 200 visitors a day. The 2,500-square-feet museum, located half a mile from Griffith's childhood home, houses the world's largest collection of Andy Griffith memorabilia.
Bluegrass and Old-Time music
The home of old-time music legend Tommy Jarrell and country singer Donna Fargo, Mount Airy has a long history with regional music. Mount Airy's WPAQ 740 AM radio is one of the few Bluegrass and Old-Time music stations still operating and has been airing the live radio show Merry-Go-Round from the Downtown Cinema Theatre since 1948. Weekly bluegrass jam sessions at The Andy Griffith Playhouse and the annual Mount Airy Fiddlers Convention also serve to attract old-time musicians from across the region and the world. The Blue Ridge Music Center with its amphitheater and music museum of old-time music is just a few miles away on the Blue Ridge Parkway at Milepost 213, near Galax, Virginia.
Chang and Eng Bunker
William Alfred Moore House
William Alfred Moore House
|Location:||202 Moore Ave., Mount Airy, North Carolina|
|Area:||4.1 acres (1.7 ha)|
|Architectural style:||Italianate, Gothic Revival|
|Added to NRHP:||March 5, 1986|
The William Alfred Moore house, built in 1860, is the earliest known structure still standing in Mount Airy. The house is known for its Italianate and Victorian exterior and Greek revival interior. In the front yard stands a rare (c.1865) hexagonal gazebo made of wood poles and intervening laurel root walls. The Moore house is owned by the Mount Airy Restoration Foundation.
- Andy Griffith (1926-2012), American actor
- Chang and Eng Bunker (1811–1874), famous conjoined twins
- Chubby Dean (1916–1970), Major League Baseball player
- Emmett Forrest (1927-2013), founder of the Andy Griffith Museum
- Ron Blackburn (1935–1998), Major League Baseball player
- Ben Callahan (1957–2007), Major League Baseball player
- Mark Daniel Merritt (1961- ), American music composer
- Donna Fargo (1945- ), country music singer and songwriter, best known for the "The Happiest Girl In the Whole USA"
- Frank Beamer (1946- ), head football coach Virginia Tech, born in Mt. Airy, raised in Fancy Gap, VA
- Tommy Jarrell (1901-1985), old-time fiddler, banjo player, and singer
- Benton Flippen (1920-2011), old-time fiddler, banjo player, and guitarist
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