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Asheboro, North Carolina
Motto(s): 
"Exactly where you want to be."
Location of Asheboro, North Carolina
Location of Asheboro, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Randolph
Named for Samuel Ashe
Area
 • Total 18.97 sq mi (49.13 km2)
 • Land 18.88 sq mi (48.89 km2)
 • Water 0.10 sq mi (0.24 km2)
Elevation
837 ft (255 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 25,012
 • Estimate 
(2019)
25,940
 • Density 1,374.23/sq mi (530.59/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
27203-27205
Area code(s) 336-743
FIPS code 37-02080
GNIS feature ID 1018863

Asheboro is a city in and the county seat of Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 25,012 at the 2010 census. It is the home of the state-owned North Carolina Zoo.

Historic Buildings

Acme-McCrary Hosiery Mills, Asheboro Hosiery Mills and Cranford Furniture Company Complex, Central School, Wilson Kindley Farm and Kindley Mine, Lewis-Thornburg Farm, Mount Shepherd Pottery Site, Randolph County Courthouse, Sunset Theater, and Thayer Farm Site (31RD10) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Geography

Asheboro is located at 35°42′55″N 79°48′47″W / 35.71528°N 79.81306°W / 35.71528; -79.81306 (35.715211, -79.813001).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.4 square miles (40 km2), of which, 15.3 square miles (40 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.58%) is water. Asheboro is known as the center point of NC. Although Asheboro is located in the gently rolling Piedmont plateau region of central North Carolina, far to the east of the Appalachian Mountains, the town and surrounding area are surprisingly hilly. The town lies within the Uwharrie Mountains, an ancient series of ridges and monadnocks which have been worn down by erosion to high hills. As such, Asheboro gives the impression of being in a more mountainous area than it actually is.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 176
1870 182
1880 299 64.3%
1890 510 70.6%
1900 992 94.5%
1910 1,865 88.0%
1920 2,559 37.2%
1930 5,021 96.2%
1940 6,981 39.0%
1950 7,701 10.3%
1960 9,449 22.7%
1970 10,797 14.3%
1980 15,252 41.3%
1990 16,362 7.3%
2000 21,672 32.5%
2010 25,012 15.4%
2019 (est.) 25,940 3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 21,672 people, 8,756 households, and 5,516 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,412.5 people per square mile (545.5/km2). There were 9,515 housing units at an average density of 620.1 per square mile (239.5/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 69.45% White, 12.08% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 7.72% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.9% of the population.

There were 8,756 households, out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out, with 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.

Culture

Sports

  • Asheboro is home to the Asheboro Copperheads of the Coastal Plain League, a collegiate summer baseball league. The Copperheads play at McCrary Park in Asheboro. The Copperheads began play for the 1999 season.
  • Caraway Speedway, a Whelen Southern Modified Tour racing location. It is .455 mile asphalt oval that has seen famous stockcar drivers Dale Earnhardt, Richard Petty, and Kyle Petty grace its track.

Retail

Randolph Mall opened in 1982.

Transportation

Asheboro lies at the intersection of U.S. Route 220 and Interstate 73/Interstate 74, which connect it to Greensboro, U.S. Route 64, which connects it to Raleigh, and North Carolina Highway 49, which connects it to Charlotte.

Asheboro Regional Airport serves general aviation traffic to and from the city. The closest airport with scheduled passenger service is Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.

Economy

Top employers

According to Asheboro's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report, the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Randolph Hospital 1,224
2 Klaussner 927
3 Teleflex 774
4 Walmart 690
5 Eveready Battery Company 734
6 Asheboro City Schools 670
7 Technimark 650
8 Acme-McCrary 615
9 City of Asheboro 410
10 Hyosung 318

In October 2012 Hyosung USA announced the closure of the Asheboro wire plant and loss of 310 jobs. Built by Goodyear and acquired by Hyosung in 2011, the plant makes wires for use in car and truck tires.

Black & Decker Corp was one of the main employers in the mid 1990s; one of its products, the SnakeLight, sold millions after being introduced in late 1994. The plant employed about 1,100 workers in 1998 and was one of the three biggest employers in Randolph County.

Education

Asheboro City Schools operates public schools serving the city.

Fayetteville Street Christian School, located in Asheboro, is the largest private school in Randolph County.

In addition the Randolph County Schools has its headquarters in Asheboro.

Notable people

  • Sam Ard, former NASCAR driver; 1983 and 1984 Nascar Busch Series Champion
  • William Johnston Armfield, business executive and philanthropist
  • Scott Bankhead, Major League Baseball and 1984 US Olympic Team pitcher
  • Chuck Bown, former NASCAR driver; 1990 Nascar Busch Series Champion
  • Lane Caudell, musician and actor
  • Keith Crisco, businessman and public official
  • William Cicero Hammer, U.S. Congressional Representative Democrat from 1921 to 1930
  • Andy Headen, former NFL linebacker for the New York Giants
  • Randy Henderson, Mayor of Fort Myers, Florida
  • Elizabeth Lail, actress known for her role as Anna in Once Upon a Time series
  • Paul Martin Newby, justice on the North Carolina Supreme Court
  • Reynolds Price, novelist, essayist and educator, resident of the town in the 1930s and 1940s
  • Julius Ramsay, Emmy-nominated television director and editor
  • Joe Spinks, professional basketball player
  • Jonathan Worth, North Carolina Governor from 1865 to 1868 during early Reconstruction
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