Maiden, North Carolina
|Maiden, North Carolina|
|Motto: "A town with a future"|
|• Mayor||Robert L. Smyre|
|• Total||5.6 sq mi (14.5 km2)|
|• Land||5.5 sq mi (14.3 km2)|
|• Water||0.08 sq mi (0.2 km2)|
|Elevation||899 ft (274 m)|
|• Density||599/sq mi (231.3/km2)|
|Time zone||Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)|
|• Summer (DST)||EDT (UTC-4)|
|GNIS feature ID||0989240|
Maiden is home to an Apple iCloud Data Center, covering 500,000 square feet (46,000 m2). In May 2012, Apple announced it would generate 60 percent of the Maiden facility's power itself, through a large deployment of fuel cells at the site and a 100-acre (40 ha) solar farm, with an additional 150-acre (61 ha) site 2 miles (3 km) away.
"The Biggest Little Football Town in the World" (as it has long called itself) was incorporated on March 7, 1883 as a cotton mill site, and a trading center. The David F. Propst House, Memorial Reformed Church, Miller–Cansler House, Franklin D. Reinhardt and Harren–Hood Farms, William Pinckney Reinhardt House, and Salem Union Church and Cemetery are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Maiden is located in southern Catawba County, with a small portion extending south into Lincoln County. U.S. Route 321 Business passes through the center of town as Main Street, while current U.S. Route 321, a four-lane expressway, runs southwest of the town, with access from Exit 33 west of the town and from Exit 28 in Lincoln County. Via US 321 it is 16 miles (26 km) northwest to Hickory and 23 miles (37 km) south to Gastonia.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Maiden has a total area of 5.6 square miles (14.5 km2), of which 5.5 square miles (14.3 km2) is land and 0.077 square miles (0.2 km2), or 1.22%, is water.
As of the census of 2010, there were 3,327 people, 1,187 households, and 848 families residing in the town. The population density was 602.3 people per square mile (267.9/km²). There were 1,258 housing units at an average density of 265.8 per square mile (102.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.04% White, 14.72% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 2.71% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.73% of the population.
There were 1,187 households out of which 29.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 55.4% were married couples living together, 11.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.5% were non-families. 24.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 11.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.95.
In the town the population was spread out with 21.7% under the age of 18, 9.6% from 18 to 24, 32.8% from 25 to 44, 22.5% from 45 to 64, and 13.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 110.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 112.7 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,417, and the median income for a family was $44,063. Males had a median income of $29,695 versus $21,594 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,026. About 7.6% of families and 8.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 12.7% of those under age 18 and 10.8% of those age 65 or over.
Maiden is home of the Providence Road Baptist Church. In 2012, Pastor Charles Worley gave a sermon in which he proposed a plan to eliminate homosexuals. His words spurred a protest and calls to take away the church's tax exempt status as well as inclusion of the church on the list of organizations designated by the Southern Poverty Law Center as hate groups.
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The founding of Maiden was not an accident, but was the result of a definite purpose-the outgrowth of the business experience of several men. It was to be a cotton mill site, and a trading center. The town was incorporated on March 7, 1883...Maiden's act of incorporation names J. P. Rabb as mayor, and Alexander Keener, Alexander Cline and Amzi Stine as commissioners.
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