Spring Lake, North Carolina

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Spring Lake, North Carolina
The award winning "gateway" of Spring Lake resting at the intersection of Hwy 87 & 210
Motto: "Unity for Prosperity"[1]
Spring Lake is located in North Carolina
Spring Lake
Spring Lake
Location within the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°10′39″N 78°58′32″W / 35.17750°N 78.97556°W / 35.17750; -78.97556Coordinates: 35°10′39″N 78°58′32″W / 35.17750°N 78.97556°W / 35.17750; -78.97556
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Cumberland
 • Type Council-Manager
 • Current mayor Chris V. Rey[2]
 • First mayor Grady Howard
 • Total 23.2 sq mi (60.2 km2)
 • Land 23.1 sq mi (59.7 km2)
 • Water 0.2 sq mi (0.5 km2)
Elevation 276 ft (84 m)
Population (2013 estimate)
 • Total 13,037
 • Density 564.4/sq mi (217.9/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28390
Area code(s) 910
FIPS code 37-64180[3]
GNIS feature ID 1022752[4]
Website www.spring-lake.org

Spring Lake is a town in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. The 2010 census recorded the population at 11,964 people,[5] with an estimated population in 2013 of 13,037.[6]


The current name of the town first appeared around 1923 when Arthur Priddy opened the Spring Lake service station in relation to the lake (Spring Lake Pond) that ran beside the rail line. Previously, the area was called "Clayton Cut", due to the pathway cut that ran through the area where the railroad later resided, and also "Prince's Siding", after a man named Prince who owned a sawmill on this land.

Spring Lake was officially incorporated on April 9, 1951. Grady Howard was named interim mayor on this date, and was officially elected the first mayor of Spring Lake on June 5, 1951.

The modern growth spurt beginning in World War II is attributed to the proximity of Fort Bragg.

Long Valley Farm was listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1994.[7]


Spring Lake is located in northwestern Cumberland County at 35°10′39″N 78°58′32″W / 35.17750°N 78.97556°W / 35.17750; -78.97556 (35.177593, -78.975501).[8] It is bordered to the south by the city of Fayetteville, the Cumberland County seat, to the west by Hoke and Moore counties, and to the north by Harnett County. Large portions of the town limits are occupied by Pope Field and parts of Fort Bragg.

North Carolina Highways 87 and 24 run concurrently through the town, leading south 11 miles (18 km) to downtown Fayetteville. NC 87 leads north 26 miles (42 km) to Sanford, while NC 24 runs northwest 31 miles (50 km) to Carthage. North Carolina Highway 210 leads northeast 18 miles (29 km) to Lillington and southeast as Murchison Road 10 miles (16 km) to downtown Fayetteville.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town of Spring Lake has a total area of 23.2 square miles (60.2 km2), of which 23.1 square miles (59.7 km2) is land and 0.19 square miles (0.5 km2), or 0.88%, is water.[5] The Little River, a tributary of the Cape Fear River, runs the length of the town from west to east, passing north of the town center.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 4,110
1970 3,968 −3.5%
1980 6,273 58.1%
1990 7,524 19.9%
2000 8,098 7.6%
2010 11,964 47.7%
Est. 2014 13,370 [9] 11.8%
U.S. Decennial Census[10]

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 11,964 people, 4,202 households, and 2,880 families residing in the town. The population density was 517.9 people per square mile (200.4/km²). There were 4,855 housing units at an average density of 210.2 units per square mile (81.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 47.2% White, 36.3% African American, 1.1% Native American, 3.0% Asian, 0.5% Pacific Islander, 5.1% some other race, and 6.9% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 15.4% of the population.[11]

There were 4,202 households, out of which 46.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.7% were headed by married couples living together, 18.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.5% were non-families. 25.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 4.0% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.65, and the average family size was 3.21.[11]

In the town the population was spread out with 31.2% under the age of 18, 19.3% from 18 to 24, 31.8% from 25 to 44, 13.0% from 45 to 64, and 4.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 24.9 years. For every 100 females there were 104.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.2 males.[11]

For the period 2009–13, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $36,538, and the median income for a family was $38,243. Male full-time workers had a median income of $34,921 versus $29,473 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,852. About 19.5% of families and 23.2% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.7% of those under age 18 and 21.1% of those age 65 or over.[12]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Town seal
  2. ^ "Cape Fear Region Results". Fayetteville Observer. November 9, 2011. 
  3. ^ a b "American FactFinder". 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. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Spring Lake town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  6. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2013 (PEPANNRES): North Carolina Incorporated Places". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  7. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 2010-07-09. 
  8. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  9. ^ "Annual Estimates of the Resident Population for Incorporated Places: April 1, 2010 to July 1, 2014". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  10. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  11. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Spring Lake town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  12. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2009-2013 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Spring Lake town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved January 6, 2015. 
  13. ^ "Jim Carter". PGA Tour. Retrieved November 18, 2012. 

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