Moravian Falls, North Carolina
|Moravian Falls, North Carolina|
|• Total||5.1 sq mi (13.2 km2)|
|• Land||5.1 sq mi (13.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||1,194 ft (364 m)|
|• Density||283.0/sq mi (109.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0990215|
Geography and climate
Moravian Falls is located at  at an elevation of 1,118 feet above mean sea level. According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 5.1 square miles (13 km2), of which, 5.1 square miles (13 km2) of it is land and 0.20% is water. Due to the communities numerous creeks and streams, the area is prone to flash flooding, in the early morning hours of May 17, 2009 heavy thunderstorms moved over the area dropping 9+ inches of rain in a matter of 2-3 hours, it led to the damage of several homes and the evacuation of dozens of people, the lower campus of Wilkes Community College was inundated by a half a foot of water, and downtown Wilkesboro saw up to 4 inches of flood water, the raging streams led to the collapse of the 286B interchange a major thoroughfare of US Highway 421 which took months to fix. The flooding caused nearly 3-million dollars in damage to property and livestock.(36.106113, -81.176105)
Snowfall in Moravian Falls and North Carolina east of the Appalachian Mountains, is rare but not uncommon with short lived storms that do not cause much accumulation, however, the area is threatened a few times a year by what are commonly known as nor'easter's. On December 18, 2009 a nor'easter storm dropped 18 inches of snow on Moravian Falls and Wilkes County, nearly a year later on December 25, 2010 the region saw its first White Christmas in decades when 8.5 inches of snow fell. The most memorable storm was the March 1993 Storm of the Century when the area received nearly 20 inches of snowfall in a matter of several hours. The area is also prone to heavy ice storms which can wreak havoc on the area.
Moravian Falls takes its name from a waterfall in the foothills of the Brushy Mountains, which rise just 2 to 3 miles (4.8 km) to the south of the community. Pores Knob, the highest peak in the Brushy Mountains, is located in Moravian Falls. The area was originally settled by the Owen family in about 1750. In 1754, the Moravian Church purchased approximately 9000 acres of land which now lies under nearby W. Kerr Scott Reservoir. However, there is no record that the Moravians ever attempted to establish a settlement in the area during the 18th century. Today the waterfall is a tourist attraction owned by Ken Wike who operates a history rich family campground(Moravian Falls Family Campground). People travel from all over the U.S. to enjoy the peaceful beauty of nature. Wilkes Central High School, and Central Wilkes Middle School, are located in the community. The two schools are the largest and most ethnically diverse high school and middle school respectively in all of Wilkes County.
As of the census of 2000, there were 1,440 people, 600 households, and 415 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 283.0 people per square mile (109.2/km²). There were 656 housing units at an average density of 128.9 per square mile (49.8/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 89.58% White, 5.49% African American, 0.14% Asian, 3.47% from other races, and 1.32% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 7.15% of the population.
There were 600 households out of which 26.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.5% were married couples living together, 10.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.7% were non-families. 26.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.39 and the average family size was 2.86.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.0% under the age of 18, 9.1% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 25.8% from 45 to 64, and 14.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 97.7 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $36,607, and the median income for a family was $48,906. Males had a median income of $21,911 versus $24,013 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $19,405. About 5.7% of families and 12.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 18.1% of those under age 18 and 13.3% of those age 65 or over.
- "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
- *U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Moravian Falls, North Carolina
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.