China Grove, NC

China Grove, situated in Rowan County, is a small town made up of 2 square miles.

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The town has been named three times: it was settled in 1710 and called Savits Mill, its name was changed to Lutherville in 1846, and was given its current name in 1849. According to the rankings of SafeWise, China Grove is ranked in the top 20 as one of the safest cities in NC.  


The median resident age in China Grove is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $43,000 making it about $2,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in China Grove is about $100,000 (2015) which is $60,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $750 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of China Grove is 65% White, 14% Black, 4% Two or more races, and 17% other. 77% of the population are high school graduates, with 13% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 51% are married, 10% are divorced, 6% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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Rowan County

China Grove belongs to Rowan County in the Piedmont (center) part of North Carolina. The County, named after Matthew Rowan, is a part of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, has a population of 138,500. The County's largest city and seat, Salisbury, has a population of 33,700.

Rowan County borders Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, and Stanly counties.

Rowan County is made up of 524 square miles. 511 of which is land with the remaining 13 as water.


The population of China Grove, NC is about 3,500. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1970's, with a slight decrease between 2005 and 2010.


The elevation of China Grove, NC is 846 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for China Grove, NC is 28023.

Area Code

The area code for China Grove, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking China Grove and Rowan County have voted mostly Republican, with 60% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for China Grove is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, manufacturing, and food services/accommodation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Salisbury Post is the primary newspaper that cover the Rowan County area.