Stanly County, North Carolina

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Stanly County, North Carolina
Seal of Stanly County, North Carolina
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Stanly County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded1841
Named forJohn Stanly
SeatAlbemarle
Largest cityAlbemarle
Area
 • Total404 sq mi (1,046 km2)
 • Land395 sq mi (1,023 km2)
 • Water9 sq mi (23 km2), 2.28%
Population
 • (2010)60,585
 • Density148/sq mi (57/km²)
Congressional district8th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.co.stanly.nc.us
 
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"Stanly County" redirects here. For the county in South Dakota, see Stanley County, South Dakota.
Stanly County, North Carolina
Seal of Stanly County, North Carolina
Seal
Map of North Carolina highlighting Stanly County
Location in the state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
Founded1841
Named forJohn Stanly
SeatAlbemarle
Largest cityAlbemarle
Area
 • Total404 sq mi (1,046 km2)
 • Land395 sq mi (1,023 km2)
 • Water9 sq mi (23 km2), 2.28%
Population
 • (2010)60,585
 • Density148/sq mi (57/km²)
Congressional district8th
Time zoneEastern: UTC-5/-4
Websitewww.co.stanly.nc.us

Stanly County is a county in the state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 60,585.[1] Its county seat is Albemarle.[2]

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

History[edit]

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.

Hanging of Alec Whitley

Whitley was accused of theft and murder in Stanly County and also in Arkansas. Following a short manhunt through several states, he was captured by a local posse near Big Lick in 1892. Shortly after his capture and incarceration a mob of angry citizens gathered at the jail to demand Whitley be turned over to them. Sheriff Snuggs had been alerted to the mob's intention and he transferred all the prisoners from the jail to his own home across the street—except Whitley, who was seized by the mob, beaten, and hanged from a tree off South Street in Albemarle.

Law and government[edit]

Stanly County is a member of the regional Centralina Council of Governments.

As of the 2000 Census, Stanly County is located entirely in North Carolina's 8th congressional district and is currently represented in the 111th United States Congress by Larry Kissell (D).

Media[edit]

The area is served by the The Weekly Post, a weekly newspaper. It is also served by The Stanly News and Press, a tri-weekly newspaper that also posts local news on its website, www.thesnaponline.com.

Geography[edit]

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 404 square miles (1,050 km2), of which 395 square miles (1,020 km2) is land and 9 square miles (23 km2) (2.28%) is water.[3]

Adjacent counties[edit]

Major highways[edit]

Demographics[edit]

Historical population
CensusPop.
18506,922
18607,80112.7%
18708,3156.6%
188010,50526.3%
189012,13615.5%
190015,22025.4%
191019,90930.8%
192027,42937.8%
193030,21610.2%
194032,8348.7%
195037,13013.1%
196040,87310.1%
197042,8224.8%
198048,51713.3%
199051,7656.7%
200058,10012.2%
201060,5854.3%
Est. 201360,6350.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[4]
2013 Estimate[5]

As of the census[6] 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[edit]

Cities and towns[edit]

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

Townships[edit]

The county is divided into ten townships: Almond, Big Lick, Center, Endy, Furr, Locust, Stanfield, Harris, North Albemarle, Ridenhour, South Albemarle, and Tyson.

Unincorporated[edit]

Education[edit]

Universities[edit]

Patterson Building, Stanly Community College

High schools[edit]

Middle schools[edit]

Elementary schools[edit]

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 30, 2013. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013". Census.gov. Retrieved April 8, 2014. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

External links[edit]

Coordinates: 35°19′N 80°15′W / 35.31°N 80.25°W / 35.31; -80.25