Mebane // is a city located mostly in Alamance County, North Carolina, United States, with a part of it in Orange County, North Carolina. It is part of the Burlington and Chapel Hill North Carolina Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town was named for General Alexander Mebane, Jr., a Revolutionary War general and member of the U.S. Congress. It was incorporated as Mebanesville in 1881 and in 1883 the name was changed to Mebane. In 1987, the official name became the City of Mebane. The population as of the 2010 census was 11,393.
Mebane is located at 36°5′45″N 79°16′15″W / 36.09583°N 79.27083°W (36.095957, -79.270861). According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 8.5 square miles (21.9 km2), of which 8.3 square miles (21.6 km2) is land and 0.12 square miles (0.3 km2), or 1.36%, is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 11,393 people residing in the city. The population density was 1,363 people per square mile (480.7/km²). There were 5,045 housing units at an average density of 554.5 per square mile (214.2/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 73.5% White, 20.4% African American, 0.5% Native American, 1.2% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 0.2% from other races, and 2.6% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6% of the population.
Mebane straddles the Research Triangle and the Piedmont Triad areas of North Carolina. However, a majority of the phone numbers listed for the city are in the 919/984 area code, whereas the rest of Alamance County is situated in the 336 area code (originally 910). When the decision was made to split the Triad and Triangle into separate area codes, it was decided that Mebane would stay in 919 to keep the numbers on the Orange County portion uniform with the rest of the city.
Mebane is home to Hurdle Field.
The public schools in Mebane include Eastern Alamance High School, Hawfields Middle School, Woodlawn Middle School, Audrey W. Garrett Elementary School, South Mebane Elementary School, and E. M. Yoder Elementary School. Students in the area are served by part of the Alamance-Burlington School System (which was created by a merger between the Alamance County School System and the Burlington City School System in 1996) and the Orange County Schools.
There is one private school in Mebane, Bradford Academy, a classical Christian school started in 2008.
Garrett Crossing, a shopping center located in Mebane, includes a Wal-Mart Supercenter. Also, a Tanger Outlet mall is located on Arrowhead Blvd. in Mebane.