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Oak Ridge, North Carolina

Coordinates: 36°10′24″N 79°59′30″W / 36.17333°N 79.99167°W / 36.17333; -79.99167
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Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Official seal of Oak Ridge, North Carolina
Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina
Location in Guilford County and the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°10′24″N 79°59′30″W / 36.17333°N 79.99167°W / 36.17333; -79.99167
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Incorporated1897, 1998
Named forIts location on an Oak-grown ridge[1]
 • MayorJim Kinneman
 • Mayor Pro TemMike Stone
 • CouncilAnn Schneider
 • CouncilJim Harton
 • CouncilMichael Greeson
 • Total16.89 sq mi (43.75 km2)
 • Land16.75 sq mi (43.38 km2)
 • Water0.14 sq mi (0.37 km2)
Elevation929 ft (283 m)
 • Total7,474
 • Density446.24/sq mi (172.29/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
27310, 27284
Area code336
FIPS code37-48480[4]
GNIS feature ID2407022[3]

Oak Ridge is a town in northwestern Guilford County, North Carolina, United States. As of the census of 2020, the town had a population of 7,474. Oak Ridge is 15 miles (24 km) northwest of the center of Greensboro, North Carolina's third-most populous city. Oak Ridge is a part of the Piedmont Triad urban area.


The town is home to Oak Ridge Military Academy, a private, co-educational, college-preparatory military boarding school. Founded in 1852, it is the third-oldest military school in the nation still in operation, and it is the official military school of North Carolina, as designated by the state legislature.

Until the late 1990s, the Oak Ridge area was mostly rural farmland with numerous tobacco farms. However, since its incorporation as a town in 1998, Oak Ridge has seen rapid growth in its population. Many of the area's farms have been sold to developers and turned into upper-class housing developments, and several shopping centers have been built along the NC 68 corridor, especially at its intersection with Oak Ridge Road (NC 150), near the military academy.

Each Easter weekend from 1945 to 2013, the community hosted a popular horse show.[5]

The Jesse Benbow House II, Guilford Mill, and Oak Ridge Military Academy Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[6]


Oak Ridge is located in northwestern Guilford County. It is bordered to the north by Stokesdale, to the east by Summerfield, and to the west by Kernersville. North Carolina Highway 150 (named "Oak Ridge Road") leads east to Summerfield, and west to Kernersville. North Carolina Highway 68 is the main north–south highway through town, and leads north to US 158 in Stokesdale, and south to Interstates 73 and 40 on the west side of Greensboro; downtown Greensboro is 15 miles (24 km) southeast of Oak Ridge. Piedmont Triad International Airport is 5 miles (8 km) south of the center of Oak Ridge.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.5 square miles (40.2 km2), of which 15.4 square miles (39.8 km2) is land and 0.2 square miles (0.4 km2), or 0.92%, is water.[7]


Historical population
2022 (est.)7,749[8]3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[9]

2020 census[edit]

Oak Ridge racial composition[10]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 5,878 78.65%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 349 4.67%
Native American 16 0.21%
Asian 528 7.06%
Other/Mixed 320 4.28%
Hispanic or Latino 383 5.12%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 7,474 people, 2,275 households, and 1,969 families residing in the town.

2000 census[edit]

As of the census[4] of 2000, there were 3,988 people, 1,382 households, and 1,173 families residing in the town. The population density was 271.9 inhabitants per square mile (105.0/km2). There were 1,462 housing units at an average density of 99.7 per square mile (38.5/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 93.48% White, 4.21% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.73% Asian, 0.63% from other races, and 0.68% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.30% of the population.

There were 1,382 households, out of which 44.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 78.4% were married couples living together, 4.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 15.1% were non-families. 11.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 3.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.89 and the average family size was 3.15.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 29.7% under the age of 18, 4.7% from 18 to 24, 31.4% from 25 to 44, 26.9% from 45 to 64, and 7.4% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females, there were 97.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 98.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $74,609, and the median income for a family was $82,070. Males had a median income of $56,250 versus $35,952 for females. The per capita income for the town was $29,346. About 2.2% of families and 3.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 3.6% of those under age 18 and 3.8% of those age 65 or over.

Notable people[edit]


  1. ^ "North Carolina Gazetteer". Retrieved November 24, 2023.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Oak Ridge, North Carolina
  4. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  5. ^ "Horseshow suspended for 2013 -Committee to look into returning show to Oak Ridge". Northwest Observer. February 18, 2013. Retrieved May 26, 2013.
  6. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  7. ^ "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Oak Ridge town, North Carolina". American Factfinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Retrieved January 11, 2017.[dead link]
  8. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places in North Carolina: April 1, 2020 to July 1, 2022". Census.gov. Retrieved April 19, 2024.
  9. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  10. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 20, 2021.

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