Dobson, NC

Dobson, situated in Surry County, is a small town made up of 1.8 square miles.

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Dobson replaced Rockford as the county seat of Surry County in 1853. The town is home to the historical Edwards-Franklin House and Surry County Courthouses.  


The median resident age in Dobson is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $24,000 making it about $24,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Dobson is about $125,000 (2015) which is $35,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Dobson is 67% White, 23% Black, 1% Two or more races, and 9% other. 74% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 43% are married, 10% are divorced, 5% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 36% that have never been married.

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Surry County

Dobson belongs to Surry County in the eastern part of North Carolina. The County, previously known as Surry Precinct (1712), is part of the Washington, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Surry County has a population of 48,000 and its largest city Washington, with a population of 10,000, is the county seat.

Surry County borders Washington, Pamlico, Hyde, Craven, Martin, and Pitt counties.

Surry County is made up of 958 square miles. 827 of which is land with the remaining 131 as water.


The population of Dobson, NC is about 1,600. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Dobson, NC is 1,257 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Dobson, NC is 27017.

Area Code

The area code for Dobson, NC is 336.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Dobson and Surry County have voted mostly Republican, with 68% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 46% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 52% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Dobson is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%.

Manufacturing, agriculture, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Mt. Airy News is the primary newspaper that cover the Surry County area.