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Thomasville, North Carolina
City
The Big Chair
The Big Chair
Nickname(s): T-Vegas, Chair City, Tater Town
Location in Davidson County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Davidson County and the state of North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Davidson, Randolph
Incorporated 1857
Area
 • Total 16.78 sq mi (43.46 km2)
 • Land 16.77 sq mi (43.43 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation 840 ft (256 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 26,757
 • Density 1,596/sq mi (616.1/km2)
Time zone EST (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 27360-27361
Area code(s) 336
FIPS code 37-67420
GNIS feature ID 1022940
Website www.thomasville-nc.gov

Thomasville is a city in Davidson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 26,757 at the 2010 census. The city is notable for its furniture industry, as are its neighbors High Point and Lexington. This Piedmont Triad community was established in 1852 and hosts the state's oldest festival, "Everybody's Day". Built around the local railway system, Thomasville is home to the oldest railroad depot in the state, just a few hundred feet from the city's most notable landmark, "The Big Chair".

History

John Warwick Thomas was born June 27, 1800, and by age 22 owned 384 acres (155 ha) in the Cedar Lodge area after marrying Mary Lambeth, daughter of Moses Lambeth. By age 30 he was a state representative. In 1848 he became a state senator. He pushed to get a railroad built through Davidson County and even invested money. Knowing the railroad was coming, Thomas built the community's first store in 1852 at present-day West Main and Salem streets, and the community was named "Thomasville" for its founder. In 1855 the North Carolina Railroad was built through Davidson County, reaching Thomasville November 9. On January 8, 1857, Thomasville was incorporated and occupied one square mile, with the railroad dividing the town into north and south sections.

In 1860 Thomasville had 308 people. After the Civil War the town had only 217 residents, but by 1880 the population was 450, reaching 751 by 1890.

Long Bill Whiteheart may have been the first to make furniture; he made split-bottom chairs at home. D.S. Westmoreland also made chairs at home starting in 1866, and his factory on what became Randolph Street went up in 1879 but burned in 1897 and was not rebuilt. The oldest plant still standing as of 1990 was that of Standard Chair, built in 1898. Other furniture companies were Lambeth Furniture, Thompson Chair, and Queen Chair Company.

Cramer Furniture was said to be the South's second largest furniture company in 1901. Thomasville Chair, started in 1904, soon became the town's leading furniture manufacturer. By 1916, 2,000 chairs a day were being made citywide.

By 1909 Jewel Cotton Mills and Amazon Cotton Mills gave Thomasville another industry, textiles. Sellers Hosiery Mills of Burlington opened in 1913, and Thomasville Hosiery in 1916.

The Abbott's Creek Primitive Baptist Church Cemetery, Brummell's Inn, Church Street School, Emanuel United Church of Christ Cemetery, Shadrach Lambeth House, Mitchell House, Randolph Street Historic District, Salem Street Historic District, Smith Clinic, Thomasville Downtown Historic District, and Thomasville Railroad Passenger Depot are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.

Big Chair

Thomasville is commonly referred to as the "Chair Town" or "Chair City", in reference to a 30-foot (9.1 m) landmark replica of a Duncan Phyfe armchair that rests in the middle of the city. The original "Big Chair" was constructed in 1922 by the Thomasville Chair Company (now Thomasville Furniture Industries) out of lumber and Swiss steer hide to reflect the city's prominent furniture industry. However, this chair was scrapped in 1936 after 15 years of exposure to the weather. In 1951, a larger concrete version of the chair was erected with the collaboration of local businesses and civic organizations and still remains today. The Big Chair gained national attention in 1960 when then Presidential candidate Lyndon B. Johnson greeted supporters on the monument during a campaign whistle stop. Although larger ones have been built, many Thomasville residents still boast that the Big Chair between the two Main Streets is the "World's Largest Chair".

Geography

Thomasville is located in northeastern Davidson County at 35°53′9″N 80°4′38″W / 35.88583°N 80.07722°W / 35.88583; -80.07722 (35.885848, -80.077323). It is bordered to the east by the city of Trinity in Randolph County.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city of Thomasville has a total area of 16.8 square miles (43.5 km2), of which 0.01 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.07%, is water.

Climate

Climate data for Thomasville, North Carolina
Month Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec Year
Record high °F (°C) 93
(33.9)
85
(29.4)
88
(31.1)
94
(34.4)
97
(36.1)
104
(40)
106
(41.1)
104
(40)
98
(36.7)
94
(34.4)
89
(31.7)
80
(26.7)
106
(-17.8)
Average high °F (°C) 64
(17.8)
67
(19.4)
74
(23.3)
79
(26.1)
86
(30)
90
(32.2)
91
(32.8)
90
(32.2)
88
(31.1)
81
(27.2)
73
(22.8)
66
(18.9)
79.1
(26.16)
Daily mean °F (°C) 41
(5)
45
(7.2)
52
(11.1)
61
(16.1)
68
(20)
76
(24.4)
79
(26.1)
78
(25.6)
72
(22.2)
61
(16.1)
52
(11.1)
43
(6.1)
60.7
(15.93)
Average low °F (°C) 30
(-1.1)
33
(0.6)
39
(3.9)
48
(8.9)
56
(13.3)
65
(18.3)
68
(20)
68
(20)
61
(16.1)
49
(9.4)
41
(5)
33
(0.6)
49.3
(9.58)
Record low °F (°C) -7
(-21.7)
1
(-17.2)
7
(-13.9)
22
(-5.6)
33
(0.6)
39
(3.9)
47
(8.3)
41
(5)
35
(1.7)
19
(-7.2)
10
(-12.2)
0
(-17.8)
-7
(-17.8)
Precipitation inches (mm) 3.69
(93.7)
3.80
(96.5)
4.12
(104.6)
3.90
(99.1)
3.47
(88.1)
4.04
(102.6)
4.52
(114.8)
4.43
(112.5)
4.07
(103.4)
3.36
(85.3)
3.41
(86.6)
3.43
(87.1)
46.24
(1,174.5)
Source: The Weather Channel

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
1860 308
1870 214 −30.5%
1880 450 110.3%
1890 590 31.1%
1900 751 27.3%
1910 3,877 416.2%
1920 5,676 46.4%
1930 10,090 77.8%
1940 11,041 9.4%
1950 11,154 1.0%
1960 15,190 36.2%
1970 15,230 0.3%
1980 14,144 −7.1%
1990 15,915 12.5%
2000 19,788 24.3%
2010 26,757 35.2%
Est. 2015 27,061 1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2010, there were 26,757 people, 10,537 households, and 7,013 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,775.2 people per square mile (685.2/km²). There were 11,870 housing units at an average density of 763.9 per square mile (294.9/km²). The racial composition of the city was: 68.3% White, 19.6% African American, 14.4% Hispanic or Latino American, 1.1% Asian American, 0.01% Native American, 0% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 8.1% some other race, and 2.1% two or more races.

There were 10,537 households out of which 32.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.3% were married couples living together, 18.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.4% were non-families. 28.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.50 and the average family size was 3.05.

In the city, the population was spread out with 26.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.6% from 25 to 44, 23.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36.2 years. For every 100 females there were 91.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.5 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $34,253, and the median income for a family was $40,795. Males had a median income of $29,794 versus $20,054 for females. The per capita income for the city was $16,045. About 25.2% of families and 29.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 45.1% of those under age 18 and 17.7% of those age 65 or over.

Thomasville's population has grown much faster than the rest of North Carolina and the United States. The U.S. Census Bureau estimates that as of 2005 Thomasville's population reached 25,872, an annual average growth of over 6% from 2000. North Carolina grew at an average rate of 1.6%, and the United States grew at an average rate of 1%.


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