Oakboro, North Carolina

Oakboro is a town in Stanly County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,859 at the 2010 census.

Oakboro, North Carolina
Location of Oakboro, North Carolina
Location of Oakboro, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°13′45″N 80°19′57″W / 35.22917°N 80.33250°W / 35.22917; -80.33250Coordinates: 35°13′45″N 80°19′57″W / 35.22917°N 80.33250°W / 35.22917; -80.33250
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyStanly
Government
 • MayorJoyce Little
Area
 • Total2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Land2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation
518 ft (158 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total1,859
 • Estimate 
(2018)[1]
1,894
 • Density930/sq mi (360/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
28129
Area code(s)704, 980
FIPS code37-48040[2]
GNIS feature ID1021705[3]
Websitewww.oakboro.com

GeographyEdit

Oakboro is located at 35°13′45″N 80°19′57″W / 35.22917°N 80.33250°W / 35.22917; -80.33250 (35.229159, -80.332440).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.

HistoryEdit

Oakboro developed because of the railroad. The original town started at a natural salt lick called Big Lick. When the railroad came through in 1913 the town moved closer to the railroad and became "Furr Town". In 1915, the name was changed to Oakboro.

The Oakboro Cotton Mill was a major employer in the 1940s and 1950s while cotton was still "king" of the South. Later the mill moved across the railroad to form Stanly Knitting Mills.

DemographicsEdit

Census Pop.
1920282
193042149.3%
194050319.5%
195063125.4%
1960581−7.9%
1970568−2.2%
19805873.3%
19906002.2%
20001,19899.7%
20101,85955.2%
Est. 20181,894[1]1.9%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

At the 2000 census,[2] there were 1,198 people, 485 households and 361 families residing in the town. The population density was 595.1 per square mile (230.1/km²). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 265.8 per square mile (102.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.79% White, 19.70% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 2.25% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.42% of the population.

There were 485 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.86.

23.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median household income was $41,369 and the median family income was $46,711. Males had a median income of $33,482 compared with $21,696 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,079. About 8.6% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.

CultureEdit

Today Oakboro is known for its annual Independence Day parade and for hosting a classic car cruise-on the fourth Friday of every month.

Notable PeopleEdit

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved December 30, 2019.
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Archived from the original on September 11, 2013. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Archived from the original on April 26, 2015. Retrieved June 4, 2015.

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