Toast, North Carolina

Toast is a census-designated place (CDP) in Surry County, North Carolina, United States, just west of Mount Airy, North Carolina. The population was 1,922 at the 2000 census.

Toast, North Carolina
Downtown Toast, North Carolina
Downtown Toast, North Carolina
Location of Toast, North Carolina
Location of Toast, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°29′59″N 80°37′59″W / 36.49972°N 80.63306°W / 36.49972; -80.63306Coordinates: 36°29′59″N 80°37′59″W / 36.49972°N 80.63306°W / 36.49972; -80.63306
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • MayorCarl Toast Shelton
 • Total1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Land1.8 sq mi (4.6 km2)
 • Water0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
1,063 ft (324 m)
 • Total1,922
 • Density1,080.3/sq mi (417.1/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)336
FIPS code37-67700[1]
GNIS feature ID0996121[2]
Toast Auto Sales in downtown Toast, North Carolina

A post office called Toast has been in operation since 1929.[3] The name "Toast" was supplied by the Post Office Department.[4] E. P. McLeod, the school principal, supposedly came up with the name while buying groceries at Hutchens Store one evening in 1927.[5]


Toast is located at 36°29′59″N 80°37′59″W / 36.499728°N 80.633063°W / 36.499728; -80.633063.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 1.8 square miles (4.7 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,922 people, 821 households, and 542 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 1,080.3 people per square mile (416.9/km2). There were 886 housing units at an average density of 498.0 per square mile (192.2/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 83.04% White, 12.96% African American, 1.66% Asian, 0.05% Pacific Islander, 1.66% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.69% of the population.

There were 821 households out of which 23.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.4% were married couples living together, 11.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 30.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.84.

In the CDP, the population was spread out with 19.4% under the age of 18, 7.5% from 18 to 24, 27.7% from 25 to 44, 25.0% from 45 to 64, and 20.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 42 years. For every 100 females, there were 93.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.5 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $28,000, and the median income for a family was $32,472. Males had a median income of $23,145 versus $19,145 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $14,890. About 11.1% of families and 19.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 31.9% of those under age 18 and 19.3% of those age 65 or over.

Notable residentsEdit

Among the most notable residents of Toast was Tommy Jarrell (1901–1985), the renowned old-time fiddler, banjo player, and singer. Jarrell typified the traditional Appalachian music style of the Mount Airy/Galax region and received the National Endowment for the Arts' National Heritage Fellowship in 1982.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  3. ^ "Post Offices". Jim Forte Postal History. Retrieved 5 January 2017.
  4. ^ Moyer, Armond; Moyer, Winifred (1958). The origins of unusual place-names. Keystone Pub. Associates. p. 133.
  5. ^ Gallant, Frank K. (1998). A Place Called Peculiar: Stories About Unusual Place Names, Merriam Webster, p. 178
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.