Haw River, NC

Haw River, situated in Alamance County, is a small town made up of 2.9 square miles.

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The town was settled in 1745 when a homestead was established by Adam Trollinger. Trollinger's property would be invaded by Lord Cornwallis' troops during the Revolutionary War.

Haw River would be the location of a crash that caused the death of Charles Drew, a plasma scientist. The town was incorporated in 1973.


The median resident age in Haw River is 37 years. The median estimated household income is about $39,000 making it about $9,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Haw River is about $104,000 (2015) which is $56,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Haw River is 72% White, 16% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 11% other. 84% of the population are high school graduates, with 12% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 47% are married, 15% are divorced, 3% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 29% that have never been married.

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Alamance County

Haw River 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 Haw River, NC is about 2,300. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Haw River, NC is 564 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Haw River, NC is 27258.

Area Code

The area code for Haw River, NC is 336.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Haw River 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 making up around 3%.


The unemployment rate for Haw River is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%. Production, construction, and maintenance make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

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