East Spencer, North Carolina

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East Spencer, North Carolina
Official seal of East Spencer, North Carolina
Location of East Spencer, North Carolina
Location of East Spencer, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°40′58″N 80°25′53″W / 35.68278°N 80.43139°W / 35.68278; -80.43139Coordinates: 35°40′58″N 80°25′53″W / 35.68278°N 80.43139°W / 35.68278; -80.43139
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
 • Total1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Land1.59 sq mi (4.12 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
728 ft (222 m)
 • Total1,534
 • Estimate 
 • Density976.09/sq mi (376.79/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s)704
FIPS code37-19860[3]
GNIS feature ID1020093[4]

East Spencer is a town in Rowan County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,534 at the 2010 census. Originally called "Southern City" because of significance of the railway to the area, it was incorporated in 1901 as East Spencer. It was named for the Spencer shops that opened in the area in 1896.[5]


East Spencer is located at 35°40′58″N 80°25′53″W / 35.68278°N 80.43139°W / 35.68278; -80.43139 (35.682780, -80.431271). East Spencer is adjacent to and south of the town of Spencer, North Carolina. The Southern Railway tracks separate the two towns.[6]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.6 square miles (4.1 km2), all land.


The town of East Spencer is governed by a mayor and six board of alderman members. The mayor serves a two year term and the board members serve staggered four year terms. The board of alderman selects a town administrator, who conducts the business of the Town, supervise staff, manages finances, prepares meetings and assists the town as needed.[7]

A post office was first established in East Spencer on February 12, 1919 with William J. Hatley as postmaster.[8]


Historical population
Census Pop.
2019 (est.)1,551[2]1.1%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

As of the census[3] of 2000, there were 1,755 people, 697 households, and 450 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,115.3 people per square mile (431.6/km2). There were 796 housing units at an average density of 505.8 per square mile (195.8/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 11.79% White, 85.81% African American, 0.17% Native American, 0.06% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 0.91% from other races, and 1.20% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.74% of the population.

There were 697 households, out of which 35.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 25.1% were married couples living together, 34.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 32.1% of all households were made up of individuals, and 12.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.52 and the average family size was 3.18.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 33.8% under the age of 18, 8.7% from 18 to 24, 25.5% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 11.7% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 30 years. For every 100 females, there were 80.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 73.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,947, and the median income for a family was $22,222. Males had a median income of $23,203 versus $21,801 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,180. About 32.2% of families and 35.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 47.4% of those under age 18 and 27.5% of those age 65 or over.


  • East Spencer Negro School: The East Spencer Negro School was established in East Spencer in 1900. It was originally a one room school with a major expansion in 1921 to include an 11-classroom building with an auditorium, library, office lunchroom and basement. In 1958, it was renamed Dunbar High School, named for the poet Paul Laurence Dunbar (1872-1906) from Kentucky. The school was renamed North Rowan Middle School in the 1960s when it was integrated. In the 1990s, it ceased to become a school and was renamed the Paul Laurence Community Center. It continued to be owned by the school system until 2006 when it was sold. The building was destroyed by fire in 2015.[10]
  • Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School: This charter school was named for a prominent community leader in East Spencer. It opened in August 2018 as a free, community-centric public school of choice with grades kindergarten through four and plans to add a grade each year until grades kindergarten through eighth grade are included. The enrollment is 150 students.[11][12]


The following religious organizations are located in East Spencer:[13]

  • East Spencer Baptist Church
  • Faith Temple Triumphant Ministries, Inc.
  • Long Street Methodist-Episcopal Church
  • North Carolina-Virginia Primitive Baptist State Convention Worship and Conference Center
  • Shady Grove Baptist Church
  • Solid Rock Baptist Church
  • Southern City AME Zion Church
  • The Guiding Light Baptist Association
  • Word of God Street Ministry

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "2019 U.S. Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved July 27, 2020.
  2. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". United States Census Bureau. May 24, 2020. Retrieved May 27, 2020.
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  4. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31.
  5. ^ "Rowan Economic Development Councile, East Spencer". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  6. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  7. ^ "East Spencer Mayor and Town Board". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  8. ^ Lewis, J.D. "North Carolina Post Offices". Retrieved Feb 20, 2019.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ Bergeron, Josh (January 1, 2015). "Dunbar Center's History Dates Back to 1900". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  11. ^ "Essie Mae Kiser Foxx Charter School". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  12. ^ a b Salisbury Post (May 26, 2017). "Essie Foxx, Obituary". Retrieved February 20, 2019.
  13. ^ Google Maps
  14. ^ Bobby Jackson - The Draft Review Retrieved 2018-07-28.

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