Salisbury, North Carolina

Salisbury, North Carolina

Infobox Settlement
official_name = Salisbury, North Carolina
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subdivision_name1 = North Carolina
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subdivision_name2 = Rowan
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population_total = 26462
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Salisbury is a city in Rowan County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. The population was 26,462 in 2000. It is the county seat of Rowan CountyGR|6. Salisbury is the home to famed North Carolina soft drink, Cheerwine, and the one-time grocery store powerhouse, Food Lion. Salisbury is the birthplace of US Senator Elizabeth Dole and current NBA player Bobby Jackson.

Salisbury is the site of a noted prisoner of war camp during the American Civil War and has a large historic home district with many large mansions, several of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. []


Salisbury is located at coor dms|35|40|6|N|80|28|43|W|city (35.668289, -80.478479)GR|1.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.8 square miles (46.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 26,462 people, 10,276 households, and 6,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,488.3 people per square mile (574.6/km²). There were 11,288 housing units at an average density of 634.9/sq mi (245.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.30% White, 37.56% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.30% of the population.

There were 10,276 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,923, and the median income for a family was $41,108. Males had a median income of $31,149 versus $25,019 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,864. About 12.2% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over.


Salisbury offers a number of educational opportunities.

Elementary schools (K-5)

* Woodleaf Elementary School []
* Hurley Elementary School
* Knollwood Elementary School
* Millbridge Elementary School (opened 2005)
* Carroll T Overton Elementary School
* Landis Elementary School
* China Grove Elementary School
* H D Isenberg Elementary School
* E Hanford Dole Elementary School
* Bostian Elementary School []

Middle schools (6-8)

* Charles Erwin Middle School
* Knox Middle School
* Southeast Middle School
* West Rowan Middle School
* North Rowan Middle School
* Corriher-Lipe Middle School
* China Grove Middle School

High schools (9-12)

* North Rowan High School [] []
* East Rowan High School
* Henderson Independent School (8-12)
* Salisbury High School
* West Rowan High School
* Jesse C. Carson High School
* South Rowan High School

Private schools

* Rockwell Christian School (pk-12)
* North Hills Christian School (PK-12)
* St. John's Kindergarten (PK-K)
* Sacred Heart Elementary School (K-8)
* Salisbury Academy (PK-8) []
* Salisbury Adventist School (K-7)
* Salisbury Christian School (K-12)
* Tabernacle Baptist School
* Cannon School, located in nearby Concord, serves Salisbury families

Colleges and universities

* Catawba College
* Livingstone College
* Rowan-Cabarrus Community College


* Rowan Public Library []


On the national level, Salisbury is a part of North Carolina's 12th congressional district, and is currently represented by Democrat Mel Watt. The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Elizabeth Dole. Salisbury is the home town of Senator Dole and she has an office in Salisbury. The junior Senator is Richard Burr.

On the state level, Salisbury is represented in the North Carolina House of Representatives as a part of the 76th district, which includes all of Rowan County. The current representative is Republican Fred F. Steen, II. Salisbury is also represented in the North Carolina Senate by Republican Andrew Brock as a part of the 34th district. Senator Brock also represents Davie County.

Salisbury is governed by a city council which is chaired by the Mayor of Salisbury Susan W. Kluttz. The other city council members are William Kennedy, William Burgin, Mark N. Lewis, and Mayor Pro Tempore Paul B Woodson Jr.


Amtrak's Crescent and Carolinian and Piedmont trains connect Salisbury with the cities of New York, Philadelphia, Baltimore, Washington, Richmond, Raleigh, Charlotte, Atlanta, Birmingham and New Orleans. The Amtrak station is situated at Depot and Liberty Streets.Salisbury is also served by Interstate 85, US Highways 601, 29, 52, and 70, and the Rowan County Airport.

Salisbury is an important point on Interstate 85 as it is just north of the halfway point between Charlotte and Greensboro. Winston-Salem is located on I-40.

ee also

*Salisbury Township



The Salisbury Post is the local newspaper, published every day.

WSAT, known as "Memories 1280", is an AM radio station that plays "standards". It also broadcasts games of the Carolina Panthers, Catawba College, and local high schools.

WSTP, known as "Newsradio 1490" is an AM radio station whose format consists of talk shows and broadcasts of Atlanta Braves baseball games and those of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, as well as NFL games.

External links

* [ Official website of Salisbury, NC]
* [ Salisbury-Rowan County Visitor's Bureau]
* [ Salisbury Prison (Civil War) web site]
* [ Historic Salisbury web site]
* [ Rowan Museum web site]

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