Badin, situated in Stanly County, is a small town made up of only 1.6 square miles...
August 1, 2016
In 1913, a French company started construction
on a dam to supply power for a
smelter. A town, named after the CEO Adrien Badin, was built to provide homes
for the workers of the company.
The company town was sold to the Melton
Company of Pittsburgh in late 1915. By 1917, Badin had became a
indefinite town with a school, hospital, a theater, and many
commercial buildings. It even offered facilities and housing for
black workers. By the 1920's, and the introduction of automobiles
and better roads, a large number of workers left to live in bigger
towns. The population dropped from around 5,000 in the 1920's to just 2,000 currently.
In 1983, the town was put on the National
Register of Historic Places list. In
1990, Badin was incorporated.
The median resident age in Badin is 47 years.
The median estimated household
income is about $29,000 making it about $16,000 less than the North Carolina
average. The estimated per capita is about $14,000. The average price for a home
in Badin is about $82,000 (2013) which is $73,000 less than the North Carolina
Average. Expect to pay about $720 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Badin is 53% White, 34%
Black, 10% Hispanic, and 3% two or
more races. 73% of the population are high school graduates, with 11% holding a
Bachelor's Degree or higher. 33% are married, 21% are divorced, 10% are widowed,
5% are separated, leaving 31% that have never been married.
New London, NC
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
Stanly County is made up of 405 square
miles. 395 of which is land with
the remaining 10 as water.
The Population of Badin, NC is about 2,000.
For nearly 50 years the town has
only decreased in population, but the population increased by 70% from 2000 to 2010.
The elevation of Badin, NC is 518 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Badin, NC is 28009.
The area code for Badin, NC is 704.
Historically speaking Badin and Stanly County
have voted mostly Republican, with
70% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 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 66%
are protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.
The unemployment rate for Badin is around 5%
(2015), making it nearly identical
to the state average of 5%. Manufacturing and construction make nearly 50% of
the most common industries in the town.
& Press is the primary newspapers that cover the Stanly County