Sanford, NC

Sanford, situated in Lee County, is a city made up of 24.2 square miles.

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In 2011, the city was hit a by a tornado, which destroyed several homes and businesses. Sanford has been sister cities with Yixing, China since 2014.  


The median resident age in Sanford is 36 years. The median estimated household income is about $42,000 making it about $6,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $21,000. The average price for a home in Sanford is about $140,000 (2015) which is $8,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Sanford is 48% White, 26% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 24% other. 77% of the population are high school graduates, with 22% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 42% are married, 11% are divorced, 3% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 37% that have never been married.

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Lee County

Sanford belongs to Lee County in the central part of North Carolina. The County, named after Confederate General Robert E. Lee, is part of the Sanford, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area. Lee County has a population of 58,000 and its largest city Sanford, with a population of 28,500, is the county seat.

Lee County borders Moore, Chatham, and Harnett counties.

Lee County is made up of 259 square miles. 255 of which is land with the remaining 4 as water.


The population of Sanford, NC is about 520. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Sanford, NC is 354 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Sanford, NC is 27332.

Area Code

The area code for Sanford, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Sanford and Lee County have voted mostly Republican, with 55% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 48% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 46% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Sanford is about 7% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Sanford Herald is the primary newspaper that covers the Lee County area.



Town of Sanford
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Sanford on Wikipedia
Chamber of Commerce