Welcome, North Carolina
|Welcome, North Carolina|
|— CDP —|
|• Total||9.3 sq mi (24.2 km2)|
|• Land||9.3 sq mi (24.2 km2)|
|• Water||0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)|
|Elevation||889 ft (271 m)|
|• Density||447.5/sq mi (171.9/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0996936|
Welcome is a census-designated place (CDP) in Davidson County, in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 4,162 at the 2010 census. It is nationally known as the home of NASCAR's Richard Childress. The town motto is "Welcome to Welcome, A Friendly Place," as posted on the welcoming sign. Neighboring communities and municipalities include Midway, Arcadia, and Lexington.
Welcome is located at (35.904822, -80.252481).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 9.4 square miles (24 km2), all of it land.
As of the census of 2000, there were 3,538 people, 1,437 households, and 1,092 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 378.4 people per square mile (146.1/km²). There were 1,514 housing units at an average density of 161.9 per square mile (62.5/km²). The racial makeup of the CDP was 95.31% White, 2.66% African American, 0.08% Native American, 0.79% Asian, 0.37% from other races, and 0.79% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.65% of the population.
There were 1,437 households out of which 31.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 64.2% were married couples living together, 8.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 24.0% were non-families. 20.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 2.84.
In the CDP the population was spread out with 22.6% under the age of 18, 7.3% from 18 to 24, 31.6% from 25 to 44, 24.9% from 45 to 64, and 13.6% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 97.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.5 males.
The median income for a household in the CDP was $42,266, and the median income for a family was $51,810. Males had a median income of $32,183 versus $26,495 for females. The per capita income for the CDP was $22,613. About 3.8% of families and 5.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 7.5% of those under age 18 and 8.3% of those age 65 or over.
Welcome is home to North Davidson High School as well as North Davidson Middle School and Welcome Elementary School.
Every year the community hosts the Welcome Easter Parade along the main road, Old U.S. Highway 52.
- Welcome is the home of the Richard Childress Racing Museum and Race shops, Dempsey Essick Gallery, and Weathervane Winery.
- Welcome is one of three towns in the North Davidson area (the others being Arcadia and Midway), jokingly referred to as the "Tri-City Area."
- Reggie's Flower Shoppe always has a float in the Easter Parade. *
- Find Reggie's Flower Shoppe on Facebook *
- "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.
- "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.