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Stanly County
Stanly County Courthouse in Albemarle
Stanly County Courthouse in Albemarle
Official seal of Stanly County
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Map of North Carolina highlighting Stanly County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Country  United States
State  North Carolina
Founded 1841
Named for John Stanly
Seat Albemarle
Largest city Albemarle
Area
 • Total 405 sq mi (1,050 km2)
 • Land 395 sq mi (1,020 km2)
 • Water 9.8 sq mi (25 km2)  2.4%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
63,425
 • Density 160.6/sq mi (62.0/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district 8th

Stanly County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 census, the population was 62,504. Its county seat is Albemarle.

Stanly County comprises the Albemarle, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Charlotte-Concord, NC-South Carolina Combined Statistical Area.

History

The site of modern-day Stanly County was originally peopled by small tribes of hunter-gatherers and Mound Builders whose artifacts and settlements have been dated back nearly 10,000 years. Large-scale European settlement of the region came in the mid-18th century via two primary waves: immigrants of Dutch, Scots-Irish and German descent moved from Pennsylvania and New Jersey seeking enhanced religious and political tolerance, while immigrants of English backgrounds came to the region from Virginia and the Cape Fear River Basin in Eastern North Carolina.

In early English colonial times, the Stanly County area was politically part of the New Hanover Precinct, out of which the Bladen Precinct was created in 1734. The renamed Bladen County was subdivided to create Anson County in 1750, which in turn spawned Montgomery County in 1779.

Stanly County was formed in 1841 from the part of Montgomery County west of the Pee Dee River. It was named for John Stanly of New Bern (1774–1834), who served several terms in the North Carolina House of Commons and two terms (1801–1803, 1809–1811) in the United States House of Representatives.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 405 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 395 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 9.8 square miles (25 km2) (2.4%) is water.

Adjacent counties

Major highways

  • US 52
  • NC 8
  • NC 24
  • NC 27
  • NC 73
  • NC 109
  • NC 49
  • NC 138
  • NC 200
  • NC 205
  • NC 731
  • NC 740
  • NC 742

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1850 6,922
1860 7,801 12.7%
1870 8,315 6.6%
1880 10,505 26.3%
1890 12,136 15.5%
1900 15,220 25.4%
1910 19,909 30.8%
1920 27,429 37.8%
1930 30,216 10.2%
1940 32,834 8.7%
1950 37,130 13.1%
1960 40,873 10.1%
1970 42,822 4.8%
1980 48,517 13.3%
1990 51,765 6.7%
2000 58,100 12.2%
2010 60,600 4.3%
2020 62,504 3.1%
2021 (est.) 63,425 4.7%

2020 census

Stanly County racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 48,645 77.83%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 7,000 11.2%
Native American 210 0.34%
Asian 1,140 1.82%
Pacific Islander 9 0.01%
Other/Mixed 2,414 3.86%
Hispanic or Latino 3,086 4.94%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 62,504 people, 23,332 households, and 16,569 families residing in the county.

2010 census

As of the census of 2010, there were 60,585 people. In 2000 there were 22,223 households, and 16,156 families residing in the county. The population density was 147 people per square mile (57/km2). There were 24,582 housing units at an average density of 62 per square mile (24/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 84.67% White, 11.46% Black or African American, 0.25% Native American, 1.81% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 1.01% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. 2.13% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 22,223 households, out of which 32.60% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 58.30% were married couples living together, 10.50% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.30% were non-families. 24.30% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.80% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.53 and the average family size was 3.00.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 25.00% under the age of 18, 8.40% from 18 to 24, 29.00% from 25 to 44, 23.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 97.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,898, and the median income for a family was $43,956. Males had a median income of $31,444 versus $21,585 for females. The per capita income for the county was $17,825. About 8.10% of families and 10.70% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.10% of those under age 18 and 10.30% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Stanly County North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Stanly County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Cities

Towns

Townships

  • Almond
  • Big Lick
  • Center
  • Endy
  • Furr
  • Harris
  • North Albemarle
  • Ridenhour
  • South Albemarle
  • Tyson

Census-designated places

Other unincorporated communities

  • Beetsville
  • Big Lick
  • Cottonville
  • Endy
  • Finger
  • Frog Pond
  • Lambert
  • Palestine
  • Palmerville
  • Plyler
  • Porter
  • Ridgecrest
  • Tuckertown
  • Kingville

Education

Universities

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Patterson Building, Stanly Community College
  • Pfeiffer University "Falcons"
  • Stanly Community College "Eagles"

High schools

  • Carolina Christian School "Lions"
  • Gray Stone Day School "Knights"
  • North Stanly High School "Comets"
  • South Stanly High School "Bulls"
  • Albemarle High School "Bulldogs"
  • Stanly Early College "Tigers"
  • West Stanly High School "Colts"
  • Stanly Academy Learning Center

Middle schools

  • Albemarle Middle School "Bulldogs
  • Carolina Christian School "Lions"
  • North Stanly Middle School "Comets"
  • South Stanly Middle School "Rebels"
  • West Stanly Middle School "Colts"

Elementary schools

  • Aquadale Elementary "Little Bulls"
  • Badin Elementary "Watts"
  • Carolina Christian School "Lions"
  • Central Elementary "Bulldogs"
  • East Albemarle Elementary "Bullpups"
  • Endy Elementary "Redskins"
  • Locust Elementary "Colts"
  • Millingport Elementary "Wildcats"
  • Norwood Elementary "Patriots"
  • Oakboro Elementary "Eagles"
  • Richfield Elementary "Tigers"
  • Stanfield Elementary "Wildcats"
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