Rowan County, North Carolina
|Rowan County, North Carolina|
Rowan County courthouse
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||Matthew Rowan|
|• Total||524 sq mi (1,357 km2)|
|• Land||511 sq mi (1,323 km2)|
|• Water||13 sq mi (34 km2), 2.40%|
|• Density||254/sq mi (98/km²)|
- 1 History
- 2 Law and government
- 3 Geography
- 4 Demographics
- 5 Communities
- 6 Educational institutions
- 7 Media
- 8 Notable people
- 9 See also
- 10 References
- 11 External links
The first Europeans to enter what is now Rowan County came with the Spanish expedition of Juan Pardo in 1567. They established a fort and a mission in the native village of Guatari, believed to be located near the Yadkin River and inhabited by the Wateree. At the time, the area was ruled by a female chief the Spaniards called Guatari Mico. The Spaniards called the village Salamanca in honor of the city of Salamanca in western Spain, and established a mission, headed by a secular priest named Sebastián Montero. The Spaniards abandoned the area at some point before 1572.34
Originally, Rowan County was a vast territory with an indefinite western boundary. Reductions in its extent began in 1770, when the eastern part of it was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County, North Carolina. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part of the now much smaller Rowan County became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part of the still shrinking county became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County.citation needed
The "250 Fest" celebrating the 250th anniversary of Rowan County occurred in 2003.citation needed
The primary governing body of Rowan County follows a council–manager government format with a five-member Board of Commissioners and the County Manager. The current County Manager is Gary Page. The current Commissioners are: Jim Sides (Chairman), Craig Pierce (Vice-Chairman), John Barber, Mike Caskey and Chad Mitchell. 5 The commission passes the Code of Ordinances for the county.6
In the US Senate, the county is represented by Richard Burr and Kay Hagan.9 Rowan is split between three US House districts, the Fifth District (represented by Virginia Foxx) and the Twelfth District (currently there is no one representing the 12th district; the seat formally held by Mel Watt, who resigned on Jan., 6th 2014, to become head of the Federal Housing Finance Agency) as well as the Eighth District (represented by Larry Kissell).10
The southern border is an east-west line that bisects the city of Kannapolis.
- Cabarrus County, North Carolina - south
- Davidson County, North Carolina - east
- Davie County, North Carolina - north
- Iredell County, North Carolina - west
- Stanly County, North Carolina - southeast
|Iredell County||Davidson County|
|Cabarrus County||Stanly County|
Interstate 85 passes through the county from southwest to northeast. In the early 2000s, I-85 underwent an extensive widening13 in the central and northern part of the county, from exit 68, US 29 Connector north almost to the Davidson county line. A new bridge over the Yadkin River is planned.14
U.S. Route 70 enters the northwestern part of Rowan county, west of Cleveland. It runs southeast into Salisbury, where it follows Jake Alexander Boulevard to the southeast and then joins US 29 North as Main Street. US 70 continues northeast as Main Street and then Salisbury Avenue in Spencer before crossing into Davidson County.
U.S. Route 29 forms Main Street in Kannapolis, China Grove, and Landis in the southern part of the county. It joins US 70 as Main Street through Salisbury, and as Salisbury Avenue in Spencer.
U.S. Route 52 is the main artery for the southeastern part of the county, serving the towns of Gold Hill, Rockwell and Granite Quarry. Just before reaching downtown Salisbury, US-52 joins Interstate 85, which it follows into Davidson county.
As of the census16 of 2010, there were 138,428 people, 53,140 households, and 37,058 families residing in the county. The population density was 270.7 people per square mile (98/km²). There were 60,211 housing units at an average density of 117.7 per square mile (41/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 76.52% White, 16.18% Black or African American, 0.34% Native American, 1.00% Asian, 0.035% Pacific Islander, 4.33% from other races, and 1.60% from two or more races. 7.69% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
Of the 53,140 households, 29.30% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 50.20% were married couples living together, 8.49% had a female householder with no husband present, 5.41% had a male householder with no wife and 30.26% were non-families. 25.22% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.15% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.00.
In the county the population was spread out with 23.80% under the age of 18, 9.00% from 18 to 24, 25.40% from 25 to 44, 27.40% from 45 to 64, and 14.40% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.1 years. For every 100 females there were 97.57 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.28 males.
According to the 2000 Census17, The median income for a household in the county was $37,494, and the median income for a family was $44,242. Males had a median income of $31,626 versus $23,437 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,071. About 8.10% of families and 10.60% of the population were below the poverty line, including 13.70% of those under age 18 and 11.40% of those age 65 or over.
- China Grove
- East Spencer
- Granite Quarry
The Rowan–Salisbury School System is a PK-12 graded school district in North Carolina covering nearly all of Rowan County. The 35 schools in the district serve 20,887 students as of 2009-2010.18 It was formed in 1989 with the merger of Rowan County Schools and Salisbury City Schools.19
- North Hills Christian School - Eagles (pre-school through high school)
- Rockwell Christian School (elementary through high school)
- Sacred Heart Catholic School - Dolphins (elementary through middle school)
- Salisbury Academy - jaguars (pre-kindergarten through middle school)
- Salisbury Adventist School
- Rowan Public Library
- Headquarters (Salisbury)
- East Branch (Rockwell)
- Frank T. Tadlock South Rowan Regional Library (China Grove)
The Salisbury Post, founded in 1905, is the local daily newspaper.
- Actor Sidney Blackmer was born and raised in Salisbury.20
- Former U.S. Senator Elizabeth Dole is from Salisbury.21
- Governor of North Carolina John W. Ellis was born in what was then eastern Rowan County and practiced law in Salisbury.22
- Former North Carolina Commissioner of Agriculture James Allen Graham was born and raised in Cleveland.23
- President Andrew Jackson practiced law in Salisbury. 24
- Phil Kirk, former chairman of the North Carolina State Board of Education, is a Rowan native.
- U.S. Senator Lee S. Overman lived in Rowan.25
- Worlds Fastest Drummer Matt Smith was born in Salisbury.citation needed
- Carter County, Tennessee
- National Register of Historic Places listings in Rowan County, North Carolina
- "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Simmons, Geitner (August 29, 1999). "An unknown South: Pardo story helps Rowan learn about itself". Salisbury Post. Archived from the original on November 3, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- Simmons, Geitner (August 22, 1999). "Understanding the “original Southerners”". Salisbury Post. Archived from the original on November 3, 2006. Retrieved January 11, 2013.
- "Board of Commissioners". Rowan County website. Rowan County, NC. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- Rowan County Code of Ordinances.
- Centralina Council of Governments website.
- "Rowan County Representation". NCGA website. North Carolina General Assembly. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Senators of the 112th Congress". US Senate website. United States Senate. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Directory of Representatives". US House website. United States House of Representatives. Retrieved 25 October 2011.
- "Salisbury Post staff votes on the biggest stories of the year". Salisbury Post. 31 December 2010. Retrieved 18 December 2011.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
- "Rowan Emergency Services". 2009-11-16. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- "Office of the Governor of North Carolina". 2009-03-12. Retrieved 2010-04-12.
- "U.S. Decennial Census". Census.gov. Retrieved October 29, 2013.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2011-05-14.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "Search for Public School Districts – District Detail for Rowan-salisbury Schools". National Center for Education Statistics. Institute of Education Sciences. Retrieved 29 October 2011.
- Campbell, Sarah (1 July 2011). "Developer offers plans for central office downtown for schools". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 26 October 2011.
- Scarvey, Katie (17 January 2010). "Blackmer a star of stage and screen". Salisbury Post. Retrieved 19 December 2011.
- "Elizabeth Dole". CNN. Retrieved 2010-05-01.
- John W. Ellis marker.
- James Graham bio.
- Andrew Jackson marker.
- Lee S. Overman marker.
-  Visit Rowan County website.
- Rowan County official government website.
- Rowan Museum website.
- NCGenWeb Rowan County - free genealogy resources for the county
- Edith M. Clark History Room
- Salisbury Post