|Sanford, North Carolina|
|— City —|
|• Mayor||Cornelia Olive|
|• City manager||Hal Hegwer|
|• Total||24.2 sq mi (62.6 km2)|
|• Land||24.1 sq mi (62.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||354 ft (108 m)|
|• Density||964.7/sq mi (372.5/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||1022497|
- 1 Geography
- 2 Demographics
- 3 Law and government
- 4 Business and Industry
- 5 Media
- 6 Schools
- 7 History
- 8 Transportation
- 9 Culture
- 10 Notable former residents
- 11 References
- 12 External links
Geography[edit | edit source]
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 24.1 square miles (62.5 km2).24.1 square miles (62.3 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.2 km2) of it (0.33%) is water.
Demographics[edit | edit source]
As of the census of 2000, there were 23,220 people, 8,550 households, and 5,899 families residing in the city. The population density was 964.7 people per square mile (372.5/km2). There were 9,223 housing units at an average density of 383.2 per square mile (147.9/km2). The racial makeup of the city was 55.87% White, 29.19% African American, 0.50% Native American, 1.06% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 11.93% from other races, and 1.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 19.03% of the population.
There are 8,550 households, out of which 34.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.0% were married couples living together, 17.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.0% were non-families. 26.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.64 people and the average family size was 3.15 people.
In the city the population was spread out with 27.1% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 30.3% from 25 to 44, 19.9% from 45 to 64, and 12.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 97.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $34,804, and the median income for a family was $39,447. Males had a median income of $30,527 versus $23,393 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,038. About 14.8% of families and 17.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.4% of those under age 18 and 13.0% of those age 65 or over.
Law and government[edit | edit source]
Sanford operates under a council-manager government. The city council consists of the mayor and seven council members, each with a four-year term. Five of the council seats are ward (district) representatives , and two seats are citywide representatives elected at-large.
City Council[edit | edit source]
The 2008 city council members are:
- Stephen M. Brewer, 1st Ward
- Linwood S. Mann, 5th ward
- Joseph E. Martin, Mayor pro tem, At-Large
- Walter H. McNeil, Jr., 4th Ward
- Cornelia Olive, Mayor
- Michael C. Stone, At-Large
- Charles Taylor, 2nd Ward
- James G. Williams, 3rd Ward
- Sanford City Council General Information
- Lee County and Sanford Directory of Officials
Business and Industry[edit | edit source]
Because Sanford sits where white beach sand from the coast meets the Piedmont clay, the city has the right ingredients to be a large producer of clay bricks. In 1959, Sanford produced 10% of the bricks in the United States and was named "Brick Capital of the USA". Today large brick production continues via manufacturers such as General Shale and Lee Brick & Tile.
Situated nearly equidistant from the Greensboro, Raleigh/Durham/RTP, and Fayetteville metro areas, Sanford is well positioned to provide manufacturing, services, and housing throughout the region for business and industry.
Other large employers are:
- Caterpillar Inc.
- Central Carolina Hospital
- Coty, Inc., a cosmetics and perfume manufacturer whose brands include J-Lo, Celine Dion and Calgon.
- Magneti Marelli
- Precision Castparts Corporation
- Static Control Components, manufacturer of anti-static equipment and component parts for remanufactured laser printer toner cartridges.
- Tyson Foods
Additional information on Lee County and Sanford Economic Development can be found at:
Media[edit | edit source]
Newspapers[edit | edit source]
The city's newspaper of record is The Sanford Herald, which has published continuously since 1930. The newspaper is owned by Paxton Media Group, based in Paducah, Kentucky., and it has been run by three generations of the Horner family:
• W.E. Horner Sr. (Founder and Publisher Emeritus)
• William E. Horner Jr. (Publisher, 1991–98)
• Bill Horner III, Publisher (current publisher)
The Herald is currently a six-day-a-week morning newspaper and is a member of the Audit Bureau of Circulations and of the North Carolina Press Association. In February, 2007, The Herald named Billy Liggett as editor.
Sanford and the rest of Lee County are also covered by the Lee County Star-Tribune, an online paper published by Apex, North Carolina-based Peak Media Group.
Radio Stations[edit | edit source]
- W204AV 88.7 - Christian
- WDCC 90.5 - variety (owned by Central Carolina Community College)
- WLHC 103.1 - pop standards
- WFJA 105.5 - oldies
- WDSG 107.9 - beach/oldies/gospel
- WWGP 1050 - country
- WXKL 1290 - gospel
Source: RDU Radio Waves
Local Programs[edit | edit source]
Local Blogs and Discussion Forums[edit | edit source]
- Sanford City Council: Steve Brewer
- Sanford City Council: Charles Taylor
- Lee County Sheriff: Tracy Carter
Organizational & Neighborhood Discussion Groups and Blogs
- Carolina Trace Country Club
- Central Carolina Jaycees
- Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce
- Sanford Historic District Forum
- Stepping Stones
Schools[edit | edit source]
The Lee County campus of Central Carolina Community College (CCCC) is located in Sanford. CCCC awards degrees, diplomas and certifications in a variety of programs and is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools, the North Carolina State Board of Education, and by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.
Sanford is home to three high schools: Lee County High School, Lee Early College on CCCC's campus, and Southern Lee High School. Southern Lee High School opened its doors in the 2005-2006 school year. The two schools have developed a rivalry in which, Lee County won the first basketball game 62-60 on a last second shot. Lee County also won the first football game, 56-33, with their halfback, Rashon Kennedy, running for over 400 yards. Also, in the 2005-2006 school year, Lee Early College opened for the first year. In the program, students attend classes at the Lee County campus of Central Carolina Community College, and within a 4 to 5 year time frame earn not only a high school diploma, but an associate's degree as well.
There are three middle schools: West Lee Middle School, East Lee Middle School and SanLee Middle School. An alternative school, Bragg Street Academy, serves students in grades 7 through 11.
The Lee county school system has six traditional elementary schools: B.T. Bullock Elementary, Broadway Elementary, Deep River Elementary, Greenwood Elementary, J. Glenn Edwards Elementary, and J.R. Ingram, Jr. Elementary. Lee county is also home to an optional year round elementary school: Tramway Elementary.
Sanford is also home to a non-public Montessori school, The Montessori School of Sanford, which provides education from pre-school through fifth grade. Also within the county are two private Christian schools, serving preschool through 12th grade: Grace Christian and Lee Christian as well as a charter school, Provisions Academy. Warren Williams Child Development Center serves pre-kindergarten students, and Floyd L. Knight the Children's Center serves severe and profoundly handicapped students.
History[edit | edit source]
Sanford was named for C.O. Sanford, a railroad civil engineer instrumental in the building of the rail lines through the area that formed the foundation of what became the city of Sanford.
Sanford is located in Lee County, North Carolina, which was formed from parts of the surrounding three counties in 1907. On creation of the new county, both Sanford and Jonesboro were the major towns in the area. Rather than decide which would be the county seat, the decision was to place the county's new courthouse directly between the two towns. For decades, Lee County was the only county in the United States to have a courthouse with an RFD address. In the late 20th century Sanford had grown to such an extent that it eventually merged with Jonesboro. The town of Jonesboro became Jonesboro Heights, and the name of Sanford was kept for the town.
The general Sanford area played key roles in the Revolutionary and Civil Wars, specifically regarding sites like the House in the Horseshoe and Endor Iron Furnace. Over the following decades, the Sanford area became an important source of coal, brownstone, and brick. In particular brownstone and subsequent brick production made Sanford a key provider of these building materials for areas throughout the United States.
Transportation[edit | edit source]
Air[edit | edit source]
Sanford-Lee County Airport (ICAO: KTTA, FAA LID: TTA) is located approximately 7 miles northeast of Sanford via U.S. 1. The airport opened in 2000, replacing the Sanford Lee County Brick Field, and provides both recreational and corporate services.
Designated routes and highways[edit | edit source]
- United States Highways:
- North Carolina Highways:
Commercial rail service[edit | edit source]
- CSX Transportation
- Norfolk Southern Railway
- Atlantic and Western Railway short line.
- Atlantic & Yadkin Railway
Public transit[edit | edit source]
The County of Lee Transit System (COLTS) is a coordinated transit system that provides transportation services in Sanford and Lee County.
Bicycle and pedestrian[edit | edit source]
- The Maine-to-Florida U.S. Bicycle Route 1 passes through downtown Sanford and Lee County.
- A half-mile greenway trail is located in the Kiwanis Family Park with additional mileage under development.
- San-Lee Park features several miles of mountain bike trails, ranging from intermediate to advanced, as well as hiking trails, just a few miles from downtown Sanford.
Culture[edit | edit source]
Museums[edit | edit source]
Parks and Recreation[edit | edit source]
- Deep River Sporting Clays
- Depot Park
- SanLee Park
- Sanford Municipal Golf Course
- Sanford Pottery Festival
- Tobacco Road Golf Course
- Deep River Northview Optimist Baseball Park
Performing Arts[edit | edit source]
Notable former residents[edit | edit source]
- Lita, former WWE Diva; now resides in Atlanta, Georgia
- J. D. McDuffie, NASCAR driver (deceased)
- Herb Thomas, NASCAR driver
- Hardy Boyz, WWE wrestlers (older brother Matt was born in a Sanford hospital, and both lived there for a few months)
- Floyd Council, Jazz musician (deceased)
References[edit | edit source]
- ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Counties/Pages/FindACounty.aspx. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- ^ "History of Downtown Sanford". Downtown Sanford, Inc.. http://www.downtownsanford.com/history.htm. Retrieved 2008-11-06.
- ^ "San Lee Park". TriangleMTB. http://www.trianglemtb.com/sanlee.php. Retrieved 2010-09-19.
[edit | edit source]
- Official website of Sanford, NC
- Sanford Area Chamber of Commerce
- Downtown Sanford Incorporated
- Sanford, North Carolina at the Open Directory Project
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