Oxford, NC

Oxford, situated in Granville County, is a city made up of 6.1 square miles.

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The town was founded in 1761. Oxford was incorporated in 1816. Oxford is home to what was the first Masonic orphanage in the country. 


The median resident age in Oxford is 44 years. The median estimated household income is about $34,000 making it about $14,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $22,000. The average price for a home in Oxford is about $138,000 (2015) which is $22,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Oxford is 52% Black, 42% White, 2% Two or more races, and 4% other. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 38% are married, 15% are divorced, 5% are separated, 9% are widowed, leaving 33% that have never been married.

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Granville County

Oxford belongs to Granville County in the northern part of North Carolina. The County, named after John Carteret, 2nd Earl Granville, is part of the Oxford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Granville County has a population of 60,000 and its largest city Oxford, with a population of 8,500, is the county seat.

The county was established in 1746 from part of Edgecombe County. Granville County was one of the many counties where the Tuscarora War took place. After the war when the natives were defeated; many farmers and families settled in Granville County and started growing tobacco. The farmers relied heavily on slave labor, and had over 10,000 slaves working on their farms by the beginning of the Civil War. About 2,000 men from Granville County fought for the Confederacy during the Civil War.

Granville County and Halifax County were important mining locations in the late 1800's and early 1900's. They mined silver, copper, tungsten, and gold in the area. The Richmond to Daville Railroad was vital in getting their goods to bigger cities like Washington, DC and Richmond.

Many manufacturing businesses were built in Granville County in the 1950's and 1960's. The area gradually moved from agriculture to manufacturing, and today the county makes tires, cosmetics, and clothing.

Granville County borders Halifax (Virginia), Mecklenburg (Virginia), Vance, Franklin, Wake, Durham, and Person counties.

Granville County is made up of 536 square miles. 532 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The population of Oxford, NC is about 8,500. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.


The elevation of Oxford, NC is 479 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Oxford, NC is 27565.

Area Code

The area code for Oxford, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Oxford and Granville County have voted mostly Democrat, with 52% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections, barring the 2004 election, in which George W. Bush took the vote.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 41% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Oxford is about 5% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Management, sales, and transportation make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Oxford Public Ledger and Henderson Daily Dispatch are the primary newspapers that cover the Granville County area.



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