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Oakboro, North Carolina

Oakboro, North Carolina
Location of Oakboro, North Carolina
Location of Oakboro, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Stanly
 • Total 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Land 2.0 sq mi (5.2 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 518 ft (158 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 1,859
 • Density 595.1/sq mi (229.8/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28129
Area code(s) 704
FIPS code 37-48040[1]
GNIS feature ID 1021705[2]

Oakboro is a town in Stanly County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,859 at the 2010 census.


  • Geography 1
  • History 2
  • Demographics 3
  • Culture 4
  • References 5
  • External links 6


Oakboro is located at (35.229159, -80.332440).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.0 square miles (5.2 km2), all of it land.


Oakboro developed because of the railroad. The original town started at a natural salt lick called Big Lick. When the railroad came through in 1913 the town moved closer to the railroad and became "Furr Town". In 1915, the name was changed to Oakboro.

The Oakboro Cotton Mill was a major employer in the 1940s and 1950s while cotton was still "king" of the South. Later the mill moved across the railroad to form Stanly Knitting Mills.


At the 2000 census,[1] there were 1,198 people, 485 households and 361 families residing in the town. The population density was 595.1 per square mile (230.1/km²). There were 535 housing units at an average density of 265.8 per square mile (102.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 75.79% White, 19.70% African American, 0.67% Native American, 0.33% Asian, 2.25% from other races, and 1.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 3.42% of the population.

There were 485 households of which 29.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.3% were married couples living together, 14.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.4% were non-families. 23.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.86.

23.2% of the population were under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 14.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 91.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 88.5 males.

The median household income was $41,369 and the median family income was $46,711. Males had a median income of $33,482 compared with $21,696 for females. The per capita income for the town was $18,079. About 8.6% of families and 11.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 17.3% of those under age 18 and 21.4% of those age 65 or over.


Today Oakboro is known for its annual Independence Day parade and for hosting a classic car cruise-on the fourth Friday of every month.


  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder".  
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names".  
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990".  
  4. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

External links

  • Official website
  • Oakboro Cruise-In
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