Siler City, North Carolina

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Siler City, North Carolina
North Chatham Avenue in the downtown historic area of Siler City
North Chatham Avenue in the downtown historic area of Siler City
Motto: "Balanced for Progress"
Location of Siler City, North Carolina
Location of Siler City, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°43′34″N 79°27′47″W / 35.72611°N 79.46306°W / 35.72611; -79.46306Coordinates: 35°43′34″N 79°27′47″W / 35.72611°N 79.46306°W / 35.72611; -79.46306
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Chatham
 • Total 6.08 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Land 6.08 sq mi (12.7 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 623 ft (190 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 8,887 within Corp. Limits
 • Density 1,439/sq mi (547.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27344
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-61860[1]
GNIS feature ID 0994799[2]

Siler City is a town in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. According to the United States Census Bureau's 2010 census, the town's population is 8,887.


The town was the retirement home and burial location of Frances Bavier (1902–1989) an American actress, best remembered for her role as Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show, a television sitcom in the 1960s set in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina. The town was featured in episode 140 (season 5 episode 13) of The Andy Griffith Show (December 14, 1964) as the place where Andy and Helen were taken by a game warden for fishing without a license.[3]

Most recently, the town served as the backdrop for Paul Cuadros' book A Home on the Field, a true story about his experience coaching a Hispanic high school soccer team to a state championship in spite of adversity.[4] In recent years, Siler City has became a suburb of Greensboro and Research Triangle Park. Siler City is home to a unique culture due to the influx of residents from other states.

The Bowen-Jordan Farm, Cadmus N. Bray House, Bray-Paschal House, East Raleigh Street Historic District, Gregson-Hadley House, High Point Bending and Chair Company, Former, Hotel Hadley, North Third Avenue Historic District, Siler City City Hall, Siler City Commercial Historic District, Siler City High School, Snipes-Fox House, William Teague House, and Burdett Woody House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]


Siler City is located at 35°43′34″N 79°27′47″W / 35.72611°N 79.46306°W / 35.72611; -79.46306 (35.726030, -79.462962).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.08 square miles (15.7 km2), all of which is land.


As of the census of 2010, there are 7,887 people, 2,582 households, and 1,802 families residing in the town. The population density is 1,314 people per square mile. There are 2,890 housing units, 2,603 of which are occupied. The town is 44% White, 19.1% African American, 1.7% Native American, 0.4% Asian, 0.2% Pacific Islander, and 3.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any nationality comprises 49.8% of the population.[8]

Of the 2,582 households, the average household size is 3.04. The median age is 31.1.

The median household income is $34,637. The per capita income for the town is $14,716. Siler City's poverty rate is 16.3%.


Terminal building

Siler City Municipal Airport (5W8) is a single runway airport 3 miles (4.8 km) southwest of downtown Siler City. The airport is used both by local residents and as a refueling stop for transiting military and general aviation aircraft. [9][10]


  1. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ Internet Movie Database
  4. ^ Cuadros, Paul (26 August 2006). "A Home on the Field in TIME". TIME Magazine. 
  5. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 12/27/11 through 12/30/11. National Park Service. 2012-01-06. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^
  9. ^ "5W8 - Siler City Municipal". AirNav. 
  10. ^ "Siler City Municipal Airport (5W8)". Town of Siler CIty. 

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