East Bend, North Carolina

East Bend is a town in northeastern Yadkin County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 612 at the 2010 census. It is a Piedmont Triad community.

East Bend, North Carolina
Location of East Bend, North Carolina
Location of East Bend, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°13′3″N 80°30′33″W / 36.21750°N 80.50917°W / 36.21750; -80.50917Coordinates: 36°13′3″N 80°30′33″W / 36.21750°N 80.50917°W / 36.21750; -80.50917
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • TypeMayor-council government
 • MayorArchie Hicks
 • Total1.31 sq mi (3.40 km2)
 • Land1.31 sq mi (3.39 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.01 km2)
1,066 ft (325 m)
 • Total612
 • Estimate 
 • Density459.13/sq mi (177.34/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)336
FIPS code37-19320[3]
GNIS feature ID1020076[4]


East Bend is located at 36°13′3″N 80°30′33″W / 36.21750°N 80.50917°W / 36.21750; -80.50917 (36.217471, -80.509064).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.3 square miles (3.4 km2), all of it land.


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)601[2]−1.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 659 people, 271 households, and 188 families residing in the town. The population density was 514.8 people per square mile (198.8/km2). There were 304 housing units at an average density of 237.5 per square mile (91.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 95.14% White, 1.21% African American, 0.91% Native American, 0.15% Asian, 1.67% from other races, and 0.91% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 8.50% of the population.

There were 271 households, out of which 32.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.1% were married couples living together, 9.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.6% were non-families. 28.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.43 and the average family size was 2.96.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 25.6% under the age of 18, 9.0% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 12.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.4 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $39,333, and the median income for a family was $49,000. Males had a median income of $32,321 versus $26,667 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,611. About 3.3% of families and 6.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 4.4% of those under age 18 and 14.1% of those age 65 or over.

Nearby cities/townsEdit


Native American settlementEdit

One of the most significant Native American excavation sites in North Carolina is located near the Yadkin River west of town at Donnaha. Donnaha was listed in the National Register of Historic Places on December 6, 1978.[7] Experts from Wake Forest University believe this was the site of a village of at least 100 Sioux Indians dating to the late Woodland Period.

Earl Norman, an East Bend artifact collector, donated 5,000 pieces of his collection of more than 10,000 relics to the North Carolina Department of Archives and History in 1960.[8]

Establishment of townEdit

East Bend was first known as Banner's Store. It was named for merchant Martin Luther Banner. Early settler Martin Luther Banner later moved west and founded Banner Elk, North Carolina.[9]

On March 7, 1887 the General Assembly incorporated the town of East Bend and named it after the east bend of the Yadkin River.[10] Officers were mayor J.H Johnson; commissioners Dr. Evan Benbow, J.H. Jenkins, J.A. Martin, Dr. W.E. Benbow and J.G. Huff; and constable J.M. Whittington.

The J.G. Huff established the first buggy-manufacturing business in town in 1873. The Huff Buggy Factory, built in 1893, was said to be the largest buggy factory in the South. Huff closed the buggy works about 1920 and began operating a funeral home, which is still owned and operated by his heirs.[11]

The Yadkin Ripple, a weekly newspaper still published in Yadkin County, began in East Bend in 1896.

In 1904, the town's population was 444, and it boasted a hotel, two buggy factories, a tobacco bag factory, a bank and several stores. However, a decision by the Southern Railroad to bypass the town 1890, put a damper on the town's growth. Roger Moore, now a film critic for The Orlando Sentinel, compared East Bend to Lake Wobegon, "It's a homey town with a lot of history and a few 'might-have-beens,' " Moore wrote in The Winston-Salem Journal.[12]

The Yadkin County Agricultural Fair was held in East Bend from 1914 until 1978. The fair was first held at the old schoolhouse. In later years was moved to a tract east of town on North Carolina Highway 67. The fairgrounds were later converted to a community softball park.[13]


Public schoolsEdit

Most children in town attend East Bend Elementary School, a kindergarten through sixth-grade public community school at N.C. Highway 67 Bypass and Flint Hill Road. The school traces its history back to the East Bend Academy, which operated from 1856-1889. In 1890, it became known as Union High School. Most of the high school and its records burned in 1964. It was rebuilt at the site and became an elementary-only school after countywide consolidation in 1967.[14]

East Bend is one of five feeder schools for Forbush High School and the newly built middle school, which is located in the ZIP code area of East Bend south of town. Two other elementary schools are located in the East Bend ZIP code area, Forbush and Fall Creek.


Notable peopleEdit


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  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. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  7. ^ North Carolina Office of State Archaeology
  8. ^ An Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1980, by W.E. Rutledge Jr., Page 11
  9. ^ Winston-Salem Journal article, Sept. 16, 1996
  10. ^ An Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1980 by W.E. Rutledge Jr., Page 31
  11. ^ An Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1980, by W.E. Rutledge Jr., Page 32
  12. ^ "No Regrets," Winston-Salem Journal, September 16, 1996
  13. ^ An Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1980, by W.E. Rutledge Jr., Page 36
  14. ^ An Illustrated History of Yadkin County, 1850-1980, By W.E. Rutledge Jr., Page 69
  15. ^ Families inspire couple's dream," Winston-Salem Journal, July 31, 2006
  16. ^ Flint Hill Vineyards official website
  17. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.

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