King, North Carolina

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King, North Carolina
Location of King, North Carolina
Location of King, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°16′25″N 80°21′12″W / 36.27361°N 80.35333°W / 36.27361; -80.35333Coordinates: 36°16′25″N 80°21′12″W / 36.27361°N 80.35333°W / 36.27361; -80.35333
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Stokes, Forsyth
 • Mayor Jack Warren
 • Total 5.8 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Land 5.8 sq mi (13.5 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 1,142 ft (348 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 6,904
 • Density 1,182.8/sq mi (456.7/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 27021
Area code(s) 336
FIPS code 37-35760[1]
GNIS feature ID 1021043[2]

King is a town in Stokes County, North Carolina, United States. Portions of the town are also in Forsyth County. The population was 6904 at the 2010 census.

King is also a part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area, located northwest of Winston-Salem.

The City of King has two large public parks: Recreation Acres and Central Park.


K} (26.273555, -70.353460).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.8 square miles (13.5 km²).


The town was originally called King's Cabin. Charles and Francis King lived in a cabin owned by Francis's father for a short time in the 1830s. Being Quakers and against slavery the King family moved to the free North. According to television journalist and historian Chad Tucker's book Images of America, King (2006), after the King family left their home it was used by locals as a landmark or reference point in giving directions. Several decades later when a post office was established in 1888 it was named for that reference point, King's Cabin. The railroad laid tracks a few years later and shortened the name to King in its business transactions and to eliminate confusion the post office followed on September 26, 1894. Charles and Francis King never returned to Stokes County and never knew their former home became the namesake of a town. According to Tucker, the community grew into an unincorporated town of schools and businesses. With the first automobile arriving by train in October 1911, new highways followed. With new roads, the town's proximity to Winston-Salem, and a new four-lane highway 52 built in the 1960s, King opened its doors to growth, turning farmland into subdivisions. Community groups acted as an unofficial town council, providing services such as a fire department, water and sewer. On September 13, 1983, King became an incorporated city, 95 years after the King's Cabin post office opened. Tucker, Chad. Images of America, King. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006. King is home to the 2011 North Carolina 2AA Championship Football team the West Stokes Wildcats. It is close to Hanging Rock state park.

Professional bowler Tom Baker (bowler) lives in King.

The King Historic District and Rock House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 4,059
2000 5,952 46.6%
2010 6,904 16.0%
Est. 2014 6,887 [5] −0.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

As of the census[1] of 2010, there were 6904 people, and 2503 households, residing in the city. The population density The racial makeup of the city was 97.73% White, 2.59% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.


  1. ^ a b "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. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ Staff (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  5. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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