Alexander County, North Carolina
|Alexander County, North Carolina|
The Brushy Mountains in Alexander County
Location in the state of North Carolina
North Carolina's location in the U.S.
|Named for||William Julius Alexander|
263 sq mi (681 km²)
260 sq mi (673 km²)
3 sq mi (8 km²), 1.12%
143/sq mi (55.3/km²)
Alexander County was chartered by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1847. It was formed from portions of what was then Iredell, Caldwell, Wilkes counties. The county was named for William Julius Alexander who was a Speaker of the North Carolina House of Commons.
Law and government 
Alexander County is a member of the regional Western Piedmont Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 263 square miles (680 km2), of which 260 square miles (670 km2) is land and 3 square miles (7.8 km2) of it (1.12%) is water.
Alexander County is located within the Piedmont region of western North Carolina. The county's main geographic feature is the Brushy Mountains, a deeply eroded spur of the Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. The "Brushies," as they are called locally, rise from 300 to 1,000 feet (300 m) above the surrounding countryside, and dominate the county's northern horizon. The highest point in Alexander County is Hickory Knob in the Brushies, it has an elevation of 2,560 feet (780 m) above sea level. Barrett Mountain, an isolated mountain ridge, is in the western part of the county. The remainder of Alexander County's terrain consists of gently rolling countryside. The county's largest river, the Catawba, forms its southern border.
The county is divided into eight townships: Bethelehem, Ellendale, Gwaltney, Little River, Sugar Loaf, Taylorsville, Wittenburg, and Stony Point.
Adjacent counties 
- Wilkes County, North Carolina - north
- Iredell County, North Carolina - east
- Catawba County, North Carolina - south
- Caldwell County, North Carolina - west
|Caldwell County||Iredell County|
Major highways 
As of the census of 2000, there were 33,603 people, 13,137 households, and 9,747 families residing in the county. The population density was 129 people per square mile (50/km²). There were 14,098 housing units at an average density of 54 per square mile (21/km²). The racial makeup of the county was 92.00% White, 4.63% Black or African American, 0.15% Native American, 1.04% Asian, 1.34% from other races, and 0.84% from two or more races. 2.50% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 13,137 households out of which 32.80% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.50% were married couples living together, 9.40% had a female householder with no husband present, and 25.80% were non-families. 21.90% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.40% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.54 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the county the population was spread out with 24.50% under the age of 18, 7.90% from 18 to 24, 31.10% from 25 to 44, 24.60% from 45 to 64, and 11.90% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 99.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 96.70 males.
The median income for a household in the county was $38,684, and the median income for a family was $45,691. Males had a median income of $29,857 versus $21,868 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,507. About 5.90% of families and 8.50% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.20% of those under age 18 and 14.60% of those age 65 or over.
Cities and towns 
Unincorporated places 
- Stony Point
- Sugar Loaf
- Little River
Notable people 
- Harry Gant (retired NASCAR driver)
- Harry Deal and the Galaxies (longtime "beach music" rock group)
- James Best (Actor)
- Jerry Rushing (Bootlegger, Inspiration for "Dukes of Hazzard")
- Tori Taylor (President of the College Democrats of America)
See also 
- "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07.
- Crouse, A. L. (1905). Historical Sketches of Alexander County. Hickory, North Carolina.
- Martin, Jonathan. "Alexander County (1847)". North Carolina History Project. John Locke Foundation. Retrieved December 8, 2012.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.