Asheboro, North Carolina

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Asheboro, North Carolina
"Exactly where you want to be."
Location of Asheboro, North Carolina
Location of Asheboro, North Carolina
Asheboro is located in North Carolina
Location of Asheboro, North Carolina
Asheboro is located in the United States
Asheboro (the United States)
Asheboro is located in North America
Asheboro (North America)
Coordinates: 35°42′55″N 79°48′47″W / 35.71528°N 79.81306°W / 35.71528; -79.81306Coordinates: 35°42′55″N 79°48′47″W / 35.71528°N 79.81306°W / 35.71528; -79.81306
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • MayorDavid Smith
 • Total15.4 sq mi (40.0 km2)
 • Land15.3 sq mi (39.7 km2)
 • Water0.1 sq mi (0.2 km2)
837 ft (255 m)
 • Total25,012
 • Estimate 
 • Density1,600/sq mi (630/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code(s)336-743
FIPS code37-02080[2]
GNIS feature ID1018863[3]

Asheboro is a city in and the county seat of Randolph County, North Carolina, United States.[4] The population was 25,012 at the 2010 census. It is the home of the state-owned North Carolina Zoo.[5]


Asheboro was named after Samuel Ashe, the ninth governor of North Carolina (1795–1798), and became the county seat of Randolph County in 1796.[6] It was a small village in the 1800s, with a population of less than 200 through the Civil War; its main function was housing the county courthouse, and the town was most active when court was in session. Asheboro's population only began to grow significantly following its connection to railroads: the High Point, Randleman, Asheboro and Southern Railroad first served the city in 1889, followed by the Montgomery Railroad in 1896.[7]

Asheboro emerged as a textile production center in the 20th century with the opening of the Acme Hosiery Mills in 1909. After World War II, the city's manufacturing sector grew to include batteries, wires and food products. The city's main tourist attraction, the North Carolina Zoo, opened in 1979.[7]

Asheboro suffered from an economic downturn in the 2000s due to a decline in its traditional manufacturing industries amid increasing competition from overseas; the national news program 60 Minutes described it as a "dying town" in 2012.[8]

Historic buildings[edit]

Acme-McCrary Hosiery Mills, Asheboro Hosiery Mills and Cranford Furniture Company Complex, Central School, Wilson Kindley Farm and Kindley Mine, Lewis-Thornburg Farm, Mount Shepherd Pottery Site, Randolph County Courthouse, Sunset Theater, and Thayer Farm Site (31RD10) are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[9][10][11][12]


Asheboro is located at 35°42′55″N 79°48′47″W / 35.71528°N 79.81306°W / 35.71528; -79.81306 (35.715211, -79.813001).[13]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 15.4 square miles (40 km2), of which, 15.3 square miles (40 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (0.58%) is water. Asheboro is known as the center point of NC. Although Asheboro is located in the gently rolling Piedmont plateau region of central North Carolina, far to the east of the Appalachian Mountains, the town and surrounding area are surprisingly hilly. The town lies within the Uwharrie Mountains, an ancient series of ridges and monadnocks which have been worn down by erosion to high hills. As such, Asheboro gives the impression of being in a more mountainous area than it actually is.


Historical population
Census Pop.
Est. 201725,863[14]3.4%
U.S. Decennial Census[15]

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 21,672 people, 8,756 households, and 5,516 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,412.5 people per square mile (545.5/km²). There were 9,515 housing units at an average density of 620.1 per square mile (239.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 69.45% White, 12.08% African American, 0.51% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 7.72% from other races, and 1.80% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 30.9% of the population.

There were 8,756 households out of which 30.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.9% were married couples living together, 12.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 37.0% were non-families. 31.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 3.01.

In the city, the population was spread out with 24.1% under the age of 18, 10.5% from 18 to 24, 30.7% from 25 to 44, 19.6% from 45 to 64, and 15.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 34 years. For every 100 females, there were 95.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.1 males.


Top employers[edit]

According to Asheboro's 2011 Comprehensive Annual Financial Report,[16] the top employers in the city were:

# Employer # of Employees
1 Randolph Hospital 1,224
2 Klaussner 927
3 Teleflex 774
4 Walmart 690
5 Eveready Battery Company 734
6 Asheboro City Schools 670
7 Technimark 650
8 Acme-McCrary 615
9 City of Asheboro 410
10 Hyosung 318

In October 2012 Hyosung USA announced the closure of the Asheboro wire plant and loss of 310 jobs. Built by Goodyear and acquired by Hyosung in 2011, the plant makes wires for use in car and truck tires.[17]

Black & Decker Corp was one of the main employers in the mid 1990s with one of its best product's line the sneak light that it sold millions in the late 1994. The plant employed about 1100 workers and it was one of the first three biggest employers in Randolph County




Randolph Mall opened in 1982.


Asheboro lies at the intersection of U.S. Route 220 and Interstate 73/Interstate 74, which connect it to Greensboro, U.S. Route 64, which connects it to Raleigh, and North Carolina Highway 49, which connects it to Charlotte.

Asheboro Regional Airport serves general aviation traffic to and from the city. The closest airport with scheduled passenger service is Piedmont Triad International Airport in Greensboro.


Asheboro City Schools operates public schools serving the city.

Fayetteville Street Christian School, located in Asheboro, is the largest private school in Randolph County.[18]

In addition the Randolph County Schools has its headquarters in Asheboro.[19]

Notable people[edit]


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  19. ^ "RANDOLPH COUNTY SCHOOLS CENTRAL OFFICE DEPARTMENT DIRECTORY." Randolph County Schools. Retrieved on September 21, 2013. "Administrative Offices 2222-C S. Fayetteville Street Asheboro, NC 27205"
  20. ^ "Scott Bankhead". Retrieved 19 April 2014.
  21. ^ Archived 2011-07-19 at the Wayback Machine. Retrieved on 2008-10-26.

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