Raeford, situated in Hoke County, is a city made up of 3.8 square miles.
September 1, 2017
The town was named in honor of John McRae and his family, who owned a business in the area.
The median resident age in Raeford is 33 years. The median estimated household income is about $25,000 making it about $23,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $15,000. The average price for a home in Raeford is about $115,000 (2015) which is $45,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Raeford is 46% Black, 33% White, 15% Hispanic, 2 Two or more races, and 4% other. 76% of the population are high school graduates, with 21% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 35% are married, 16% are divorced, 5% are separated, 10% are widowed, leaving 34% that have never been married.
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Raeford belongs to Hoke County in the south-central part of North Carolina. The county, named after Robert F. Hoke, is part of the Fayetteville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. In 1911, the county was founded, and was formed from parts of Robeson and Cumberland counties. Hoke County has a population of 52,000 and its largest city Raeford, with a population of 5,000, is the county seat.
Hoke County borders Robeson, Scotland, Moore, and Cumberland counties.
Hoke County is made up of 392 square miles. 391 of which is land with the remaining 1 as water.
The population of Raeford, NC is about 4,600. The population has been steadily increasing since the early 1900s.
The elevation of Raeford, NC is 259 feet above sea level.
The zip codes for Raeford, NC are 28361 and 28376.
The area code for Raeford, NC is 910.
Historically speaking Raeford and Hoke County have voted mostly Democrat, with 59% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.
As of 2010, 77% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 21% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.
The unemployment rate for Raeford is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.
The News-Journal is the primary newspaper that covers the Hoke County area.