Willow Spring, North Carolina

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Willow Spring (or Willow Springs) is an unincorporated community in southeastern Wake County, and western Johnston County North Carolina, United States. As of 2007, the population was 212.[1] The Frank and Mary Smith House and Turner and Amelia Smith House, both listed on the National Register of Historic Places, are located in Willow Spring. There is only one natural spring in Willow Spring, which is why its called Willow Spring instead of Willow Springs.[citation needed] Black Creek, part of the Neuse River, runs through Willow Spring. There are wetlands such as swamp and marsh surrounding the creek.

Climate[edit]

Willow Spring has an humid subtropical climate. Summertime average temperatures range between 90-97 degrees, sometimes rising into the 100s. Average Wintertime temperatures range between 55-65 degrees, sometimes rising into the mid-80s. In 1987 an alert relative of Ms. Sally Beard asked the NC EPA to sample the wells in Willow Spring. The conditions of an agricultural field and several gasoline stations upslope from Ms. Beard's property led state investigators to sample the wells. Samples indicated groundwater pollution levels exceeding safe drinking water limits. New wells drilled revealed that groundwater could no longer be used as a potable water sources for people in the area. The end result was that Willow Spring residents' residences and businesses were connected to the Wake County water system.

Snow[edit]

Heavy snow is rare in Willow Spring, as is for most of the Coastal Plain region. Even though heavy snow is rare, a flurry or two occur every year in Willow Spring, rarely enough to stick.

Demographics[edit]

There are 5 people per square mile (population density). The median age is 33.8. The US median is 37.6. 65.75% of people in Willow Spring (27592), NC, are married. 7.95% are divorced.

The average household size is 2.7 people. 34.73% of people are married, with children. 6.77% have children

Education[edit]

Willow Spring Elementary school is one of the few public schools in North Carolina to receive a 10 out of 10 rating by Great Schools. Middle School and High School physically close to this community are in Fuquay-Varina

Notable residents[edit]

Clara Leach Adams-Ender was born in Willow Spring.[2]

References[edit]

  1. ^ History
  2. ^ "Clara Adams-Enders Papers". The Betty H. Carter Women Veterans Historical Project. University of North Carolina, Greensboro. Retrieved 28 May 2013. 

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Coordinates: 35°35′45″N 78°43′53″W / 35.5957129°N 78.7313999°W / 35.5957129; -78.7313999