Spencer, NC

Spencer, situated in Rowan County, is a small town made up of 2.7 square miles.

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The town was founded as a railroad company town for Southern Railway in the late 1890s.  


The median resident age in Spencer is 41 years. The median estimated household income is about $43,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Spencer is about $94,000 (2015) which is $66,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Spencer is 55% White, 33% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 10% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 18% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 53% are married, 9% are divorced, 9% are separated, 6% are widowed, leaving 23% that have never been married.

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Rowan County

Spencer belongs to Rowan County in the Piedmont (center) part of North Carolina. The County, named after Matthew Rowan, is a part of the Charlotte Metropolitan Area, has a population of 138,500. The County's largest city and seat, Salisbury, has a population of 33,700.

Rowan County borders Cabarrus, Davidson, Davie, Iredell, and Stanly counties.

Rowan County is made up of 524 square miles. 511 of which is land with the remaining 13 as water.


The population of Spencer, NC is about 3,300. The population has seen a slight decrease since 2000.


The elevation of Spencer, NC is 715 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Spencer, NC is 28159.

Area Code

The area code for Spencer, NC is 704.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Spencer and Rowan County have voted mostly Republican, with 63% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 54% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 44% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Spencer is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing, retail, and warehousing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Salisbury Post is the primary newspaper that covers the Rowan County area.


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