- Spencer, North Carolina
official_name = Spencer, North Carolina
mapsize = 250x200px
map_caption = Location of Spencer, North Carolina
subdivision_type = Country
subdivision_type1 = State
subdivision_type2 = County
subdivision_name2 = Rowan
unit_pref = Imperial
area_total_km2 = 6.9
area_land_km2 = 6.9
area_water_km2 = 0.0
area_total_sq_mi = 2.7
area_land_sq_mi = 2.7
area_water_sq_mi = 0.0
population_as_of = 2000
population_total = 3355
population_density_km2 = 488.2
population_density_sq_mi = 1264.3
timezone = Eastern (EST)
utc_offset = -5
timezone_DST = EDT
utc_offset_DST = -4
elevation_m = 218
elevation_ft = 715
latd = 35 |latm = 41 |lats = 37 |latNS = N
longd = 80 |longm = 25 |longs = 55 |longEW = W
postal_code = 28159
area_code = 704
blank_name = FIPS code
blank_info = 37-63760GR|2
blank1_name = GNIS feature ID
blank1_info = 0995290GR|3
website = [http://www.ci.spencer.nc.us/ www.ci.spencer.nc.us]
Spencer is a town in Rowan County,
North Carolina, United States, incorporated in 1905. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 3,355.
The town was named for Samuel Spencer, first president of the Southern Railway, who is credited with establishment of the railroad's mechanical shops in the new town beginning in the 1890s. The shops were sited to be located approximately the midpoint of the railroad's line between
Atlanta, GAand Washington, DC.
The former Spencer Shops were phased out during the 1950s through 1970s and have now become the location of the
North Carolina Transportation Museum.
Spencer is located at coor dms|35|41|37|N|80|25|55|W|city (35.693672, -80.431906)GR|1.
According to the
United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km²), all of it land.
As of the
censusGR|2 of 2000, there were 3,355 people, 1,308 households, and 844 families residing in the town. The population densitywas 1,264.3 people per square mile (488.8/km²). There were 1,427 housing units at an average density of 537.8/sq mi (207.9/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.28% White, 23.61% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.61% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.77% of the population.
There were 1,308 households out of which 29.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.9% were married couples living together, 13.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 35.4% were non-families. 29.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.46 and the average family size was 3.04.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.5% under the age of 18, 8.3% from 18 to 24, 29.4% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 94.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 91.0 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $36,687, and the median income for a family was $43,702. Males had a median income of $28,860 versus $25,766 for females. The
per capita incomefor the town was $16,354. About 7.7% of families and 9.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.0% of those under age 18 and 8.7% of those age 65 or over.
Places of Education
North Rowan High School
*North Rowan Middle School
*North Rowan Elementary School
* [http://www.ci.spencer.nc.us/ Official website of Spencer, NC]
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