Graham, NC

Graham, situated in Alamance County, is a city made up of 9.7 square miles.

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Graham started out as a town to serve as the county seat of Alamance County.  

Graham was named in honor of former North Carolina senator and governor William Alexander Graham. 


The median resident age in Graham is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $30,000 making it about $18,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $18,000. The average price for a home in Graham is about $123,000 (2015) which is $38,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Graham is 56% White, 20% Hispanic, 19% Black, 4% Two or More Races, and 1% Other.

79% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

43% are married, 13% are divorced, 5% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 30% that have never been married.

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Alamance County

Graham belongs to Alamance County in the central part of North Carolina. The county is part of the Burlington, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area.

Alamance County has a population of 154,000 and the city Graham, with a population of 14,100, is the county seat.

Great Alamance Creek, what Alamance County was named after, was where the Battle of Alamance took place.

It was a pre-Revolutionary War battle where a militia led by Governor William Tyron destroyed the Regulator movement.

Alamance County was the site of many Revolutionary battles including: Battle of Lindley's Mill, Battle of Guilford Court House, Pyle's Massacre, and the Battle of Clapp's Mill.

In the early 1800's the textile industry began to rapidly grow, and the need for transportation increased.

In the 1840's, a railroad was built through the county to connect Raleigh and Greensboro, and the county officially formed from part of Orange County in 1849.

During the Civil War Alamance County split from the Union and joined the Confederacy. No battles took place in the county itself, but the county did send many soldiers to war.

After the war the county received national attention for the murder of Wyatt Outlaw (an African American Town Commissioner) by members of the Ku Klux Klan. The men were arrested, but all charges were dropped.

Alamance County borders Caswell, Orange, Rockingham, Chatham, Randolph, and Guilford counties.

Alamance County is made up of 435 square miles. 424 of which is land with the remaining 11 as water.


The population of Graham, NC is about 14,150. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1920's.


The elevation of Graham, NC is 653 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Graham, NC is 27253.

Area Code

The area code for Graham, NC is 336.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Graham 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 with Catholics and other religions making up around 3%.


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

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

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Graham Star, The Times-News, and The Graham Star are the primary newspapers that cover the Alamance County area.