Burlington, NC

Burlington NC is located in Guilford and Alamance Counties.

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September 9, 2016

Founded in 1886, Burlington NC is located in Guilford and Alamance Counties, North Carolina and is part of the Greensboro-Winston Salem-High Point triad statistical area. There are about 51,000 people living in Burlington NC, while the entire metropolitan entails 150,000 people.


Burlington's total land area is about 25 square miles. The elevation is 633 feet above sea level.

Much of the early history of Burlington involves Quaker settlers, Scottish-Irish immigrants and German farmers who arrived here in the 16th century via the "Great Wagon Road". Also, several Revolutionary battles occurred in Burlington NC, including the War of Regulation, Battle of Clapp's Mill, Battle of Lindley's Mill, and Pyle's Defeat.


During the mid part of the 19th century the railroad came to town, linking Goldsboro and Charlotte, and became a maintenance stop for trains. The town became known simply as Company Shops in 1858. The first train arrived in Alamance County in January, 1856, on this North Carolina Railroad.

Today the track extends for 317 miles from Morehead City in the east to Charlotte (Piedmont area), and is owned by the state. The Amtrak Carolinian and Piedmont trains provide connection with Baltimore, Raleigh, New York, Charlotte, Washington, Philadelphia, and Richmond.



The North Carolina Railroad Company moved to Spencer, NC in 1886, ending a quarter-century's run for Company Shops. After much of the town's buildings became vacant with the railroad's exit, the people decided a new name was needed. So, in 1893 the town was incorporated as Burlington.



The Piedmont Triad International Airport is located in nearby Greensboro, while Raleigh-Durham International rests opposite, placing Burlington central to both.



By the 1920s, several dozen cotton mills were built in Burlington and the town was thriving. Burlington NC soon became known as "The Hosiery Center of the South". Edwin Holt had created Alamance Cotton Mill some 80 years earlier. Holt's Burlington Industries employed about 15,000 people and became known throughout the world for its textile production. It soon became Burlington Mills and was the largest textile firm in the world.



As the Great Depression grasped the nation, the cotton industry crashed. So, Burlington Mills took a leap into manmade fiber. Rayon was the product and the company would soon dominate this one as well.



During World War II, Burlington saw plenty of new faces in town courtesy a new aircraft factory. When the war ended, Western Electric brought new jobs with its electronics factory.



During the 1950s Burlington developed a new reservoir after a major water shortage struck. Another was built soon after and the town is now known and admired for its excellent water supply.



After the economy tanked in the 1970s, severe unemployment struck Burlington NC. But, once again the town fought, creating an attitude for non-reliance on a single industry. A medical diagnostic company arrived and created additional growth for the town.

Things to Do in Burlington NC

Several parks can be found in Burlington NC, including Great Bend Park at Glencoe, Eli Whitney Recreation Center, Cedarock Park, Shallow Ford Natural Area, Pleasant Grove Recreation Center, Joe Davidson Park, and Burlington City Park. Visitors can enjoy everything from basketball and baseball to soccer and tennis. There are also a number of playgrounds for the little ones and waking trails for everyone. Hiking and fishing can be enjoyed along the NC Mountains-to-Sea Trail and the Haw River Trail.

Quick Facts About Burlington, NC

Population: 51,000
Medium Age: 38
Medium Household Income: $42,000
Home Values: $120,000

Burlington NC Zip Codes

27215 Zip Code
27216 Zip Code
27217 Zip Code
27220 Zip Code
27244 Zip Code
27249 Zip Code
27253 Zip Code
27377 Zip Code

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Demographics

The median resident age in Burlington is 40 years. The median estimated household income is about $36,000 making it about $9,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $22,000. The average price for a home in Burlington is about $129,000 (2013) which is $26,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $710 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Burlington is 52% White, 30% Black, 13% Hispanic, 3% Asian, and 2% other. 83% of the population are high school graduates, with 23% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 44% are married, 4% are separated, 13% are divorced, 6% are widowed, leaving 33% that have never been married.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Burlington and Alamance County have voted mostly Republican, with 57% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 39% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 2%, and 1% other.

Economy

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

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Times-News is the primary newspaper that covers the Alamance County area.


 

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