Broadway, NC

Broadway, situated in Lee County, is a small town made up of 1.3 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Broadway, NC

June 2, 2018

The area of modern day Broadway was settled in 1870, but wasn't officially incorporated until 1907. A broad level opening in the pine forest that covered the area at the time is why they called the town "Broadway".

The Broadway Normal School was founded in 1890, and boarding homes were managed for the most of the students. In 1901, Dr. Leon Watson started his practice in Broadway. In 1913, Dr. Watson and W.A. Crabtree founded a drug store. D.E. Shaw established the Bank of Broadway in 1909, and was the CEO until he died in 1956.

The town became known as "The Town of Candles" in the 1960's because of the lights covering the water tower, and the single white light every business lit in each of their windows.


The median resident age in Broadway is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $57,000 making it about $12,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $25,000. The average price for a home in Broadway is about $164,000 (2013) which is $9,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $770 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Broadway is 67% White, 13% Hispanic, 12% Black, 4% two or more races, 3% Asian, and 2% American Indian. 90% of the population are high school graduates, with 20% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 53% are married, 8% are divorced, 2% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 29% that have never been married.

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Lee County

Broadway belongs to Lee County in the central part of North Carolina. The County, named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, is part of the Sanford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Lee County has a population of 58,000 and its largest city Sanford, with a population of 28,500, is the county seat.

Lee County borders Moore, Chatham, and Harnett counties.

Lee County is made up of 259 square miles. 255 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The Population of Broadway, NC is about 1,200. The town has been steadily increasing since the 1970's.


The elevation of Broadway, NC is 492 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Broadway, NC is 27505.

Area Code

The area code for Broadway, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Broadway and Lee County have voted mostly Republican, with 55% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 48% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 6%, and 2% other.


The unemployment rate for Broadway is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, education, and administration/waste management make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Sanford Herald is the primary newspaper that covers the Lee County area.