Danbury, North Carolina

Danbury is a city located in Danbury Township, Stokes County, North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the city had a total population of 189. It is the county seat of Stokes County. Danbury is located on NC 8/89 approximately 20 miles (32 km) north of Winston-Salem and is the "Gateway to Hanging Rock". The Stokes County Government Center, Arts Council, school board, county jail, a public library, a post office, and other public services are found within the town limits. LifeBrite Community Hospital of Stokes is located about a half mile northwest of the town.

Danbury, North Carolina
Old Stokes County Courthouse, Danbury
Old Stokes County Courthouse, Danbury
Location of Danbury, North Carolina
Location of Danbury, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°24′34″N 80°12′32″W / 36.40944°N 80.20889°W / 36.40944; -80.20889Coordinates: 36°24′34″N 80°12′32″W / 36.40944°N 80.20889°W / 36.40944; -80.20889
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 • Land0.6 sq mi (1.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
820 ft (250 m)
 • Total189
 • Estimate 
 • Density320/sq mi (120/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)336
FIPS code37-16240[2]
GNIS feature ID1019902[3]

Danbury is a popular rest stop for bicyclists, motorcyclists, and driving enthusiasts due to the numerous scenic roads in Stokes County. Danbury also attracts outdoor enthusiasts because of its location on the Dan River and near the entrance to Hanging Rock State Park.

There are no regional or national franchises in Danbury, only local shops like the Danbury General Store, and small restaurants. First National Bank has a branch in town. J.E.Priddy's General Store, a local historic landmark dating from the late 19th century, is still in business selling goods old and new. It is located about 2 miles (3.2 km) east of town on Sheppard Mill Rd.


Danbury was founded in 1851 specifically to serve as the new centrally-located county seat after Stokes County was divided in 1849, creating Forsyth County to the south (with the new county seat of Winston, later Winston-Salem) and a smaller Stokes County. Danbury was briefly known as Crawford.

No battles occurred in Danbury during the Civil War, but it housed and supported the war efforts of the Confederate Army. The Moratock Iron Furnace, which is still found in Moratock Park, was used in the smelting of iron ore. General George Stoneman's raid passed through Danbury on April 9, 1865, the day of the surrender of Confederate forces at Appomattox Court House, Va. Other historical features in the town include the Wilson Fulton House, the Old Stokes County Court House, and Moody's Tavern (later McCanless Hotel).

In addition to the Moratock Iron Furnace, the Danbury Historic District, Hanging Rock State Park Bathhouse, and Stokes County Courthouse are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Danbury is located at 36°24'34" North, 80°12'32" West (36.409419, -80.208785).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2).


Census Pop.
Est. 2016186[1]−1.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there are 189 people, 47 households, and 32 families residing in the city. The population density is 170.7 people per square mile (66.2/km²). There are 53 housing units at an average density of 83.7 per square mile (32.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city is 95.37% White, 2.78% African American, 0.00% Native American, 0.00% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 1.85% from two or more races. 0.00% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 47 households out of which 29.8% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 57.4% are married couples living together, 12.8% have a female householder with no husband present, and 29.8% are non-families. 29.8% of all households are made up of individuals and 19.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.79.

In the town the population is spread out with 22.2% under the age of 18, 4.6% from 18 to 24, 26.9% from 25 to 44, 30.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.7% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 44 years. For every 100 females, there are 92.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 82.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city is $45,000, and the median income for a family is $44,688. Males have a median income of $31,250 versus $25,938 for females. The per capita income for the city is $26,053. 11.2% of the population and 9.7% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 5.3% of those under the age of 18 and 26.3% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

Notable personEdit

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on 2013-09-11. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  5. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

External linksEdit