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Advance, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Davie
 • Total 7.2 sq mi (18.7 km2)
 • Land 7.1 sq mi (18.5 km2)
 • Water 0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)
831 ft (253 m)
 • Total 1,138
 • Density 159/sq mi (61.4/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 336
FIPS code 37-00440
GNIS feature ID 1018774

Advance (pronounced with the stress on the first syllable) is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Davie County, North Carolina, United States. As of the 2010 census it had a population of 1,138. It is located along North Carolina Highway 801 just south of Bermuda Run. Advance is part of the Piedmont Triad region of North Carolina.


Advance is located in eastern Davie County. The Yadkin River forms the eastern edge of the CDP and is the Davidson County line. According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 7.2 square miles (18.7 km2), of which 7.1 square miles (18.5 km2) is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.95%, is water. Neighboring communities and municipalities include Bermuda Run, 4 miles (6 km) to the north, and Mocksville, the Davie County seat, 11 miles (18 km) to the west. The largest neighboring city is Winston-Salem, NC.

Advance is home to Shady Grove Elementary School and William Ellis Middle School.

Name origin

Various accounts exist for the origin of the town's name. Some suggest the name was derived from the name of a popular resident and freed slave, Addington Vance. Other accounts suggest the community was named by residents who hoped that with the addition of a post office, the community would advance. Yet another possibility is that the town was named after the Confederate blockade steamer A D Vance, which after capture by the Union was renamed the USS Advance.

Encompassing communities

While Advance remains unincorporated, it is recognized by the US Postal Service under ZIP code 27006. The common area of Advance includes several smaller unincorporated communities that are not recognized by the Postal Service:

  • Bixby
  • Cornatzer
  • Farmington (south of Spillman Road)
  • Fork Church
  • Fulton
  • Hillsdale
  • Redland
  • Shady Grove
  • Smith Grove

Housing developments include Oak Valley, Underpass Road Communities (Greenwood Lakes, Westridge, Countryside, Eastside), Hidden Creek, and others.


The Advance population has grown at an accelerated pace within the past 10 years, with Advance evolving from a rural community into a more suburban bedroom community of Clemmons and Winston-Salem. Numerous housing developments have popped up on once-vibrant farmland, but Advance's small town character still shines through.

Notable Events

Advance Christmas Parade


One significant landmark in the Advance area is the Vestal Potts Gymnasium. The basketball gymnasium is named after legendary coach Vestal Potts who coached Shady Grove's basketball teams to numerous championships.

Fulton United Methodist Church and John Edward Belle Shutt House and Outbuildings are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

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