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Leland, North Carolina
Town of Leland welcome sign.
Town of Leland welcome sign.
Official seal of Leland, North Carolina
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Official logo of Leland, North Carolina
Logo
Motto(s): 
Growing our future. Nourishing our roots.
Leland, North Carolina is located in North Carolina
Leland, North Carolina
Leland, North Carolina
Location in North Carolina
Leland, North Carolina is located in the United States
Leland, North Carolina
Leland, North Carolina
Location in the United States
Leland, North Carolina is located in North America
Leland, North Carolina
Leland, North Carolina
Location in North America
Country United States
State North Carolina
Region Cape Fear
Metro Myrtle Beach metro
County Brunswick
Township Town Creek
Settled February 10, 1898 (1898-02-10)
Incorporated September 5, 1989 (1989-09-05)
Named for Leland Adams
Area
 • Total 20.15 sq mi (52.19 km2)
 • Land 19.80 sq mi (51.29 km2)
 • Water 0.35 sq mi (0.90 km2)
Elevation
23 ft (7 m)
Population
 (2020)
 • Total 23,504
 • Density 1,188.85/sq mi (446.636/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (EST)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP Code
28451
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-37680
GNIS feature ID 0988344
U.S. Routes US 17.svg US 74.svg
Waterways Brunswick River, Alligator Creek, Mallory Creek, Jackeys Creek, Sturgeon Creek, Piney Branch, Morgan Branch, and Bishop Branch

Leland is the most populous town in Brunswick County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 23,504 at the 2020 census, up from 13,527 in 2010. As of 2020, it is considered to be one of the fastest growing towns in North Carolina. It is part of the Myrtle Beach Metropolitan Statistical Area. and the Cape Fear Council of Governments. The town of Leland is in the northeastern part of Brunswick County, with the town of Navassa to the north, Belville to east, and Boiling Springs Lake to the south. It is part of the Town Creek township, and Cape Fear region of North Carolina, a short distance north of the South Carolina state line.

Leland is located five miles (8 km) west of Wilmington, 84 miles (135 km) southeast of Fayetteville, 135 miles (217 km) southeast of Raleigh, 142 miles (310 km) southeast of Cary, 160 miles from Durham, 168 miles from Charleston, 193 miles from Charlotte, 211 miles from Greensboro, 227 miles from Winston-Salem, 327 from Asheville, and 411 miles from Atlanta.

History

Leland was incorporated as a town in 1989.

Geography

Leland is located at 34°14′11″N 78°1′11″W / 34.23639°N 78.01972°W / 34.23639; -78.01972 (34.236375, -78.019664) in northern Brunswick County to the west of the Brunswick River and directly west of downtown Wilmington. Leland surrounds the town of Belville on three sides (to the north, west, and south).

According to the 2010 United States Census Bureau, the town of Leland has a total area of 19.9 square miles (51.5 km2), of which 19.8 square miles (51.2 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 0.46%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 1,801
2000 1,938 7.6%
2010 13,527 598.0%
2020 23,504 73.8%
United States Census Bureau

2020 census

Leland racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 18,250 79.67%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,887 8.24%
Native American 98 0.43%
Asian 314 1.37%
Pacific Islander 6 0.03%
Other/Mixed 1,014 4.43%
Hispanic or Latino 1,339 5.85%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 22,908 people, 8,366 households, and 5,964 families residing in the town.

Education

As of the year 2020, 94.5% of the Leland citizens older than twenty-five had a high school degree, and 37.8% of the Leland citizens older than twenty-five possessed a bachelor's degree.

Public schools

There are four public schools located within the Leland township: Belville Elementary, Lincoln Elementary, Leland Middle School, and North Brunswick High School. The four schools operate under the Brunswick county school district system.

Charter schools

Leland has one charter school, a public charter school; Charter Day School that serves grades kindergarten through eight. Charter Day School garnered national attention in 2016 when the school was sued in the eastern district of North Carolina southern division by the ACLU and the ACLU of North Carolina; the law firm of Ellis & Winters LLP filed the challenge on Leland students. regarding the Charter school's dress code. The Charter Day School's uniform policy required female students to wear skirts, the only exception being gym class, which Charter Day's founder stated promoted chivalry, mutual respect, and traditional values. U.S. District Judge Malcolm Howard ruled that the charter schools uniform policy engaged in unconstitutional sexual discrimination, citing the equal protection clause of the constitution, by prohibiting females from wearing pants or shorts, instead mandating skirts. A federal appeals court, on August 2, 2021 tossed out Judge Howard's decision, and ordered the lower district court to review the decision and to determine whether dress code is a violation of Title IX.

Infrastructure

Village Road viewed from westbound US 17-74-76 off-ramp, Leland, North Carolina
Commercial area along Village Road, looking north from North Carolina Highway 133.

Town services

Fire/rescue department

The department was established in 1959 as non-profit volunteer organization. In 2017 the Fire/Rescue Department was incorporated as a part of the township of Leland. The fire department also responds to emergency calls regarding motor vehicle accidents, and rescue calls. It has over 40 paid career staff and a roster of part-time and volunteer employees. The department has one station at 1004 Village Road, a station located at 1379 River Road.

Emergency medical services

Brunswick County Emergency Services also provides emergency medical services to Leland and operates a paramedic level ambulance stationed in the Leland Industrial Park as well as an ambulance at the River Road fire station.

Emergency alert system

Leland offers its residents the ability to use a voluntary service called CodeRED. CodeRED is a free high-speed emergency mass notification system provided by OnSolve, LLC. At the date of its launch the town's emergency management directory John Grimes was quoted by WECT stating: "CodeRED’s system will provide Town staff with a reliable, easy-to-use interface to quickly deliver critical information to our residents during emergencies"

Trash and recycling

Leland does not have its own municipal waste system; instead, trash service is provided by Brunswick County through GFL Environmental, Inc. The town of Leland did once offer a curbside recycling service to its citizens; the service which was done through GFL environmental Inc., expired on June 30, 2021. Prior to cancellation of service, Leland transitioned its curbside recycling program to once a month, instead of twice, on July 1, 2020. According to town officials, the deciding factor was the dramatic increase in costs associated with the recycling program. In the fiscal year 2016-17, the town spent $390,000 on the recycling program, while the town was projected to spend $723,389 in the 2021-22 fiscal year, a potential 85% increase.

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