Wendell, North Carolina

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Wendell, North Carolina
Town
Motto: Small Town Feel- Capital City Connection
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Location in Wake County and the state of North Carolina.
Coordinates: 35°46′56″N 78°22′6″W / 35.78222°N 78.36833°W / 35.78222; -78.36833Coordinates: 35°46′56″N 78°22′6″W / 35.78222°N 78.36833°W / 35.78222; -78.36833
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Wake
Incorporated 1903
Government
 • Mayor J. Harold Broadwell
Area
 • Total 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Land 5.2 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 318 ft (97 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 5,845
 • Density 1,100/sq mi (430/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27591
Area code(s) 919
FIPS code 37-71860[1]
GNIS feature ID 1023154[2]
Website http://townofwendell.com/

Wendell is a town in Wake County, North Carolina United States. It is a satellite town of Raleigh, the state capital. The population was 5,845 at the 2010 census.[3]

History[edit]

Incorporated in 1903, Wendell was settled in the 1850s, when farmers in Granville County were victims of a blight that came to be known as the Granville County Wilt. Their tobacco crops failed, and they chose to move to a new location with more fertile land for their crops.

As settlement increased, a small village took form. The villagers asked the local schoolteacher, M.A. Griffin, to choose a name. Griffin suggested they call it Wendell, in honor of his favorite poet, Oliver Wendell Holmes. However, the townspeople pronounce each syllable with equal emphasis, not as the poet's middle name is said.

The first post office was built in 1891, and has been restored by the Wendell Historical Society. The oldest institution in Wendell is Hephzibah Baptist Church, founded in 1809. The first newspaper was the Wendell Clarion, founded in 1911, which was succeeded by the Gold Leaf Farmer and currently the Eastern Wake News.[4]

Wendell has four buildings and one district that are listed on the National Register of Historic Places. These are the Dr. Thomas H. Avera House, Harmony Plantation, Riley Hill School, Sunnyside, and the Wendell Commercial Historic District.

Geography[edit]

Wendell is located at 35°46′56″N 78°22′6″W / 35.78222°N 78.36833°W / 35.78222; -78.36833 (35.782124, -78.368195).[5]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.2 square miles (13.5 km2), all of it land.[6]

Wendell is located in the northeast central region of North Carolina, where the North American Piedmont and Atlantic Coastal Plain regions meet. This area is known as the "fall line" because it marks the elevation inland at which waterfalls begin to appear in creeks and rivers. Its central Piedmont location situates Wendell about three hours by car west of Atlantic Beach, North Carolina, and four hours east of the Great Smoky Mountains.

Climate[edit]

Wendell enjoys a moderate subtropical climate, with moderate temperatures in the spring, fall, and winter. Summers are typically hot with high humidity. Winter highs generally range in the low 50s°F (10 to 13 °C) with lows in the low-to-mid 30s°F (-2 to 2 °C), although an occasional 60 °F (15 °C) or warmer winter day is not uncommon. Spring and fall days usually reach the low-to-mid 70s°F (low 20s°C), with lows at night in the lower 50s°F (10 to 14 °C). Summer daytime highs often reach the upper 80s to low 90s°F (29 to 35 °C). The rainiest months are July and August.

Government[edit]

Wendell's current mayor is Timothy A. Hinnant. He conducts Town Board of Commissioners meetings and only has a vote in the event of a tie. Administration of the town is conducted by the Town Manager. The Board of Commissioners includes James Parham (Mayor Pro-tem), Virginia Gray, Sam Laughery, Jon Lutz, and John Boyette.

Demographics[edit]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 5,845 people and 2,430 housing units. The population density was 1123.2 people per square mile. The racial makeup of the town was 58.1% White, 30.2% African American, 0.8% Native American, 0.9% Japanese, 0.01% Pacific Islander, 3.20% from other races, and 1.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.5% of the population.

As of the 2010 census, there were 2430 housing units, with 40% of units built before 1980. Of the 2010 population, 55% were married. 29.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 11.6% were persons 65 years or older, 29% were between the ages of 25-44, and 30% were between the ages of 0-19. The median age in 2010 was 35. The average household size was 2.12.

The median family income for a household in the town was $47,908, The per capita income for the town was $26,556. About 17.3% of the population was below the poverty line.

Education[edit]

The town is served by six public schools which are administered by the Wake County Public School System. They include Lake Myra Elementary, Carver Elementary School, Wendell Elementary School, Archer Lodge Middle School, Wendell Middle School and East Wake High School.

The town is home to one institution of higher learning, Southeastern Free Will Baptist College.

Economy[edit]

Daedong-USA, the maker of Kioti tractors, is based in Wendell.[7]

Transportation[edit]

Passenger[edit]

Roads[edit]

  • The main highway in Wendell is US 64 which allows access to Raleigh and the North Carolina coast.
  • Other highways in the area include US 264, NC 97, and NC 231.

Parks and recreation[edit]

The town is served by three recreational parks and facilities. They include Wendell Park, Wendell Community Center, and J. Ashley Wall Town Square.[8]

Notable people[edit]

Notable annual town events[edit]

  • Harvest Festival: occurs annually in October
  • International Food Festival: occurs annually in September

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