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Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Location of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Location of Sherrills Ford, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°36′48″N 80°59′10″W / 35.61333°N 80.98611°W / 35.61333; -80.98611Coordinates: 35°36′48″N 80°59′10″W / 35.61333°N 80.98611°W / 35.61333; -80.98611
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Catawba
 • Total 7.8 sq mi (20.2 km2)
 • Land 7.8 sq mi (20.1 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
909 ft (277 m)
 • Total 941
 • Density 121.0/sq mi (46.7/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-61320
GNIS feature ID 1022598

Sherrills Ford is an unincorporated community and former census-designated place (CDP) in Catawba County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 941 at the 2000 census. For the 2010 census it was included within the Lake Norman of Catawba CDP. It is part of the Hickory-Lenoir-Morganton Metropolitan Statistical Area.


Sherrills Ford is located at 35°37′19.12″N 80°59′14.28″W / 35.6219778°N 80.9873000°W / 35.6219778; -80.9873000 within area code 828, ZIP code 28673, and FIPS place code 61320.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP had a total area of 7.8 square miles (20 km2), 0.13% of which is water. It sits at an elevation of 204 m (670 ft).

Neighboring communities include Terrell to the south and Catawba to the northwest.


Sherrills Ford is so named due its being the site of the fording of the Catawba River from east to west by Adam Sherrill et al. ca. 1747. (The apostrophe in "Sherrill's Ford" was inadvertently dropped.) The Sherrills, of English ancestry, had come from northeast Maryland, most probably trekking through modern Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Virginia. Many Sherrill descendants still reside in Sherrills Ford.

The Neill–Turner–Lester House and the Miles Alexander Sherrill House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

On December 11, 2014, Duke Energy, to repair a rusted, leaking pipe, received approval from North Carolina to dump Coal Ash (containing arsenic, lead, thallium and mercury, among other heavy metals) from the Marshall Steam Station into Lake Norman.


As of the census of 2000, there were 941 people, 367 households, and 273 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 121.0 people per square mile (46.7/km2). There were 383 housing units at an average density of 49.2 per square mile (19.0/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 84.5% White, 13.0% African American, 0.53% Native American, 0.11% Asian, 1.49% from other races, and 0.43% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 1.49% of the population.

There were 367 households, out of which 35.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 62.7% were married couples living together, 8.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.6% were non-families. 21.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 8.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.56 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the CDP the population was spread out, with 25.7% under the age of 18, 6.6% from 18 to 24, 32.7% from 25 to 44, 22.4% from 45 to 64, and 12.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females, there were 96.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.0 males.

The median income for a household in the CDP was $41,406, and the median income for a family was $49,271. Males had a median income of $29,922 versus $30,400 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $18,001. About 3.7% of families and 6.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 23.5% of those age 65 or over.


Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec
Avg. High (°F) 50 55 63 73 79 86 89 87 81 72 62 53
Avg. Low (°F) 27 29 37 43 54 62 66 65 58 45 36 30
Avg. Precip. (in.) 3.8 3.6 4.5 3.4 4.2 4.5 4.0 3.7 4.1 3.5 3.3 3.6

Notable people

  • The Cockman Family, bluegrass/southern gospel band
  • David Gilliland, NASCAR driver and owner
  • Todd Gilliland, NASCAR driver
  • Chad Little, Former NASCAR Driver and NASCAR Competition Director of the Truck Series
  • Jesse Little, NASCAR driver
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