Stem, NC

Stem, situated in Granville County, is a small town made up of 1.5 square miles.

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Stem was founded in the late 1880s. It was incorporated in 1911.


The median resident age in Stem is 33 years. The median estimated household income is about $66,000 making it about $18,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $27,000. The average price for a home in Stem is about $155,000 (2015) which is $5,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Stem is 81% White, 8% Black, 4% Two or more races, and 7% other. 90% of the population are high school graduates, with 15% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 55% are married, 7% are divorced, 1% are separated, 2% are widowed, leaving 35% that have never been married.

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Granville County

Stem 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 Danville 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 Stem, NC is about 460. The population has been steadily increasing since 2000.


The elevation of Stem, NC is 476 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Stem, NC is 27581.

Area Code

The area code for Stem, NC is 919.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Stem 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.

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 Stem is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average. Public administration, construction, and manufacturing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Oxford Public Ledger and Courier Times are the primary newspapers that cover the Granville County area.


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