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Mebane, North Carolina
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Nickname(s): 
Biggest Little Town on Earth
Motto(s): 
"Positively Charming"
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Coordinates: 36°5′45″N 79°16′15″W / 36.09583°N 79.27083°W / 36.09583; -79.27083Coordinates: 36°5′45″N 79°16′15″W / 36.09583°N 79.27083°W / 36.09583; -79.27083
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Alamance, Orange
Government
 • Type City Manager/City Council
Area
 • Total 9.91 sq mi (25.66 km2)
 • Land 9.74 sq mi (25.24 km2)
 • Water 0.16 sq mi (0.42 km2)
Elevation
673 ft (205 m)
Population
 (2010)
 • Total 11,393
 • Estimate 
(2019)
16,262
 • Density 1,668.75/sq mi (644.29/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27302
Area code(s) 919/336
FIPS code 37-42240
GNIS feature ID 1021404

Mebane is a city located mostly in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States, and partly in Orange County, North Carolina. The town was named for Alexander Mebane, an American Revolutionary War general and member of the U.S. Congress. It was incorporated as "Mebanesville" in 1881, and in 1883 the name was changed to "Mebane". It was incorporated as a city in 1987. The population as of the 2010 census was 11,393. Mebane is one of the fastest-growing municipalities in North Carolina. Mebane straddles the Research Triangle and Piedmont Triad Regions of North Carolina. The bulk of the city is in Alamance County, which comprises the Burlington Metropolitan Statistical Area, itself a component of the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point Combined Statistical Area. Two slivers in the eastern portion of the city are in Orange County, which is part of the Durham-Chapel Hill Metropolitan Statistical Area, itself a component of the Raleigh-Durham-Chapel Hill Combined Statistical Area.

History

The Charles F. and Howard Cates Farm, William Cook House, Cooper School, Cross Roads Presbyterian Church and Cemetery and Stainback Store, Durham Hosiery Mill No. 15, Griffis-Patton House, Thomas Guy House, Hawfields Presbyterian Church, Henderson Scott Farm Historic District, Mebane Commercial Historic District, Old South Mebane Historic District, Paisley-Rice Log House, White Furniture Company, and Woodlawn School are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

In October 2014, the city council voted to adopt a new seal and slogan, replacing "A progressive community, the perfect place to call home" with "Positively Charming".

Geography

Mebane is located at 36°5′45″N 79°16′15″W / 36.09583°N 79.27083°W / 36.09583; -79.27083 (36.095957, -79.270861). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (21.9 km2), of which 8.3 square miles (21.6 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.36%, is water.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1900 218
1910 693 217.9%
1920 1,351 94.9%
1930 1,568 16.1%
1940 2,060 31.4%
1950 2,068 0.4%
1960 2,364 14.3%
1970 2,573 8.8%
1980 2,782 8.1%
1990 4,754 70.9%
2000 7,284 53.2%
2010 11,393 56.4%
2019 (est.) 16,262 42.7%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 11,393 people living in the city. The population density was 1,363 people per square mile (480.7/km2). There were 5,045 housing units at an average density of 554.5 per square mile (214.2/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 73.5% White, 20.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6% of the population.

Airport

Mebane is home to Hurdle Field, airport code 4W7.

Climate

Climate data for Mebane, North Carolina
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Average high °F (°C) 48
(8.9)
51
(10.6)
61
(16.1)
71
(21.7)
78
(25.6)
85
(29.4)
88
(31.1)
87
(30.6)
81
(27.2)
71
(21.7)
62
(16.7)
52
(11.1)
69.6
(20.88)
Daily mean °F (°C) 38
(3.3)
41
(5)
50
(10)
58
(14.4)
67
(19.4)
75
(23.9)
78
(25.6)
77
(25)
70
(21.1)
58
(14.4)
50
(10)
41
(5)
58.6
(14.77)
Average low °F (°C) 27
(-2.8)
28
(-2.2)
37
(2.8)
45
(7.2)
55
(12.8)
64
(17.8)
67
(19.4)
66
(18.9)
58
(14.4)
47
(8.3)
38
(3.3)
30
(-1.1)
46.8
(8.24)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.5
(89)
3.6
(91)
3.9
(99)
3.1
(79)
4.3
(109)
4.3
(109)
4.6
(117)
4.3
(109)
3.6
(91)
3.3
(84)
3.1
(79)
3.5
(89)
45.1
(1,146)

Education

The Alamance County portion is served by the Alamance-Burlington School System (which was created by a merger between the Alamance County School System and the Burlington City School System in 1996), while the Orange County portion is served by Orange County Schools.

The public schools serving Mebane residents within Alamance County include Eastern Alamance High School, Hawfields Middle School, Woodlawn Middle School, Audrey W. Garrett Elementary School, South Mebane Elementary School, and E. M. Yoder Elementary School; all part of the Alamance - Burlington School System (ABSS).

Mebane residents in the Orange County portion are zoned to Efland Cheeks Elementary School, Gravely Hill Middle School, Orange Middle School, Orange High School, and Cedar Ridge High School.

There is one private school in Mebane, Bradford Academy, a classical Christian school started in 2008.

Mebane is within 20 miles (32 km) of several notable universities, including Duke University, UNC Chapel Hill, North Carolina Central University and Elon University. North Carolina State University & Saint Augustine's University are just over 40 miles (64 km) away in Raleigh.

Alamance Community College is a two-year college in Graham, 6 miles (10 km) west of Mebane.

Notable people

  • Lucy Hughes Brown, first African American woman physician in South Carolina
  • A. Oveta Fuller, associate professor of microbiology and immunology
  • Zack Littell, MLB pitcher
  • Ricardo Marsh, professional basketball player, 2007 top scorer in the Israel Basketball Premier League
  • Junior Robinson, professional basketball player

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