Albemarle, NC

Albemarle, situated in Stanly County as the seat, is a city made up of 15.8 square miles.

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The town was named after General George Monk, who was the first Duke of Albemarle. The area was settled by the English, Dutch, Scottish, Irish, and German settlers in the 1700s.  

Albemarle NC is the county seat of Stanly County in North Carolina, previously part of Montgomery County. This Main Street community entails about 16 square miles and rests basically on a hill at an elevation of about 500 feet. The population of Albemarle is around 16,000 as of the year 2010. It rose from about 250 people in the 1890s to 4,000 in 1940. By 1950 the population had swelled nearly 200% to 11,800! Situated beside the Uwharrie Mountains, the town's name comes from the town of Aumale in France meaning white and marlstone or heaven.  

Albemarle's first inhabitants were the hunter-gathers from ten millennia ago. During the 1700s central European immigrants arrived (mainly Germans, Irish, and Dutch) from the northern states of New Jersey and Pennsylvania. More arrived from the eastern part of North Carolina and Virginia.

One of the first homes, the Freeman-Marks House was built in the 1820s and a post office went up in 1826 in the Albemarle area at Smith's Store, where intersecting routes from Raleigh to Charlotte and Fayetteville to Salisbury met. At the time, this area was part of Montgomery County. That changed in 1841 with the creation of Stanly County, which encompassed the western portion of the Pee Dee River.

In 1842 a courthouse was built upon 51 acres of land donated by Nancy Hearne at the intersection (previously known as Old Turnpike and Old Stage Roads, but today locally called the Square). Fifteen years later the town as incorporated and named Albemarle, in honor of the state's first county and the Duke of Albemarle, George Monck, who was granted the land of Carolina in 1663 from the King of England. The original 50-acre tract was portioned into 72 equal lots of land for commercial development. Much of the trade for the day was through saddle makers and blacksmiths.

Several textile mills opened in Albemarle during the late 1800s, including the Cannon Mill Company, Lillian Knitting Mill, Wiscasset Mill Company, and Efird Mills.

Another courthouse was erected in 1893 on present day's mini park. It served the community of Albemarle NC for 80 years, replaced in 1973 by the current courthouse at South Second Street.

The railroad arrived in 1891, ferrying passengers to and from Salisbury. And, by 1911 the Winston-Salem Southbound Railway had a line coming through town. Today, the Old Market Street Station is used as a farmer's market.
A bank was built in 1899 by the Wiscassett Mills Company. This was followed by a new high school, movie theatre, church and opera house. By 1923, the town of Albemarle had a paved highway leading to Charlotte.

Albemarle is surrounded by rolling hills, forests, and small streams as part of the Yadkin/Pee Dee River Basin.

Kellie Pickler, the American Idol contestant during 2006 is from Albemarle NC.


The median resident age in Albemarle is 43 years. The median estimated household income is about $36,000 making it about $14,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Albemarle is about $123,000 (2016) which is $42,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $640 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Albemarle is 69% White, 20% Black, and 11% other. 82% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 15% are divorced, 9% are widowed, 4% are separated, leaving 29% that have never been married.

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Stanly County

Badin belongs to Stanly County in the center part of North Carolina. The County, named after John Stanly, is part of the Albemarle, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Stanly County has a population of 60,000 and its largest city Albemarle, with a population of 16,000, is the county seat.

The area which is now Stanly County used to home to tribes of Mound Builders and hunter-gatherers whose relics have dated to 10,000 years ago. In the mid 1800's a large amount of European settlers arrived; some seeking religious freedom. The County was formed from part of Montgomery County in 1841.

Stanly County borders Rowan, Montgomery, Davidson, Anson, Union, and Cabarrus Counties.

Stanly County is made up of 405 square miles. 395 of which is land with the remaining 10 as water.


The population of Albemarle, NC is about 16,000. The population has overall seen a steady increase since Albemarle was founded.


The elevation of Albemarle, NC is 499 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip codes for Albemarle, NC are 28001-28002.

Area Code

The area code for Albemarle, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Albemarle and Stanly County have voted mostly Republican, with 73% going to Donald Trump during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 33% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 65% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 1%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Albemarle is about 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average. Manufacturing, construction, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Snap is the primary news outlet that covers the Stanly County area.