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Harmony is a town in Iredell County, North Carolina, United States. The town was incorporated in 1927 and is located in northeastern Iredell County and lies in the eastern portion of the North Carolina High Country. It is primarily located in Turnersburg Township, with its northernmost portion in Eagle Mills Township. The population was 531 at the 2010 census.[4]

Harmony, North Carolina
Location of Harmony, North Carolina
Location of Harmony, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°57′42″N 80°46′26″W / 35.96167°N 80.77389°W / 35.96167; -80.77389Coordinates: 35°57′42″N 80°46′26″W / 35.96167°N 80.77389°W / 35.96167; -80.77389
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyIredell
Incorporated1927
Area
 • Total1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Land1.4 sq mi (3.5 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
1,020 ft (311 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total531
 • Estimate 
(2016)[1]
563
 • Density390/sq mi (150/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28634
Area code(s)704
FIPS code37-29640[2]
GNIS feature ID0986417[3]
Websitewww.townofharmony.org

The Gaither House, Holland-Summers House, Morrison-Campbell House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places are located in or near Harmony.[5]

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HistoryEdit

Harmony was incorporated in 1927. It was named for the Harmony Hill Camp Meetings that took place for two weeks each year on the current site of the Harmony elementary school. The focus of the meetings was a religious (Methodists and Baptists) revival with extensive social gatherings. The first meeting occurred in 1846 and meetings continue to be held the second weekend of October. While the area around Harmony is mostly rural, the town includes a library, the Tomlinson-Moore family park, Harmony Volunteer Fire Department, community center, elementary school, doctor's offices, a manufacturing plant (Associated Metal Works), and other businesses. The Harmony Academy was founded in 1908. It later became Harmony Farm Life (an accredited high school) in 1916. In the 1966 consolidation of high schools in Iredell County, the site of the Harmony high school became an elementary school.[6][7]

The following churches have a Harmony address: Clarksbury United Methodist Church, First Baptist Church, Friendship Missionary Baptist Church, Holly Springs Baptist Church, Macedonia Methodist Church, Mount Bethel Methodist Church, Mount Nebo Baptist Church, New Union Methodist Church, Pine Grove AME Zion Church, Pleasant View Baptist Church, Rock Springs Baptist Church, Rock Creek AME Zion Church, Sandy Springs Baptist Church, and Winthrop Friends.[8]

GeographyEdit

Harmony is located at 35°57′42″N 80°46′26″W / 35.96167°N 80.77389°W / 35.96167; -80.77389 (35.961588, -80.773947).[9] U.S. Route 21 passes through the town center, leading north 23 miles (37 km) to Elkin and south 15 miles (24 km) to Statesville, the Iredell County seat. North Carolina Highway 901 crosses US 21 in the center of Harmony, leading northwest 5 miles (8 km) to Interstate 77 and southeast 6 miles (10 km) to U.S. Route 64.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.4 square miles (3.5 km2), of which 2.5 acres (0.01 km2), or 0.38%, are water.[4]

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1930337
19403483.3%
19503747.5%
1960322−13.9%
197037717.1%
198047024.7%
1990431−8.3%
200052622.0%
20105311.0%
Est. 2016563[1]6.0%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[2] of 2010, there were 533 people, 206 households, and 150 families residing in the town. The population density was 380.7 people per square mile (147.2/km²). There were 223 housing units at an average density of 161.3 per square mile (62.4/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.44% White, 5.89% African American, 1.90% Native American, 0.38% from other races, and 0.38% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.47% of the population.

There were 206 households out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.8% were married couples living together, 13.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 26.7% were non-families. 24.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.55 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out with 25.1% under the age of 18, 8.9% from 18 to 24, 30.4% from 25 to 44, 23.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 94.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.4 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $30,972, and the median income for a family was $41,042. Males had a median income of $30,139 versus $22,708 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,591. About 6.5% of families and 10.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.8% of those under age 18 and 5.9% of those age 65 or over.

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001): Harmony town, North Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved April 10, 2018.
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09.
  6. ^ "Harmony Web Site, History". Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  7. ^ "Harmony Elementary School History". Retrieved June 14, 2019.
  8. ^ Google maps and Find a Grave
  9. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.