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Salisbury is a city in Rowan Countymarker in North Carolinamarker, a state of the United States of Americamarker. The population was 26,462 in 2000. It is the county seat of Rowan County . Salisbury is the home to famed North Carolina soft drink, Cheerwine, and the regional supermarket Food Lion.Salisbury is the birthplace of former US Senator Elizabeth Dole, financier and philanthropist Julian H. Robertson and current NBA player Bobby Jackson.

Salisbury is the site of a noted prisoner of war camp during the American Civil War and has a large historic home district with many large mansions, several of which are on the National Register of Historic Places. [19328]Salisbury also has a strong record of historic preservation.


Salisbury is located at (35.668289, -80.478479) .

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.8 square miles (46.0 km²), all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 26,462 people, 10,276 households, and 6,186 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,488.3 people per square mile (574.6/km²). There were 11,288 housing units at an average density of 634.9/sq mi (245.1/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 57.30% White, 37.56% African American, 0.28% Native American, 1.39% Asian, 0.06% Pacific Islander, 1.92% from other races, and 1.48% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 4.30% of the population.

There were 10,276 households out of which 26.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.0% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.8% were non-families. 34.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.29 and the average family size was 2.92. There is also a very large homosexual population.

In the city the population was spread out with 21.8% under the age of 18, 13.1% from 18 to 24, 25.0% from 25 to 44, 20.2% from 45 to 64, and 19.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 90.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 86.3 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $32,923, and the median income for a family was $41,108. Males had a median income of $31,149 versus $25,019 for females. The per capita income for the city was $18,864. About 12.2% of families and 16.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including 22.3% of those under age 18 and 11.0% of those age 65 or over. However, there is a large percentage of residents in Salisbury who are of the upper class.


Salisbury, North Carolina is home of the Salisbury Mall, located at the intersection of Jake Alexander Boulevard and Statesville Road in the southwest portion of the city. A movie multiplex is also located near the mall.

Wal-Martmarker, K-Mart, Staples, Office Depot, a Tinsletown movie theater, Pizza Hut, Starbucks, And Cracker Barrel are around Exit 76 (Innes Street/US 52) from Interstate 85. Many other lodging establishments and restaurants are also located near around this exit.

Salisbury's downtown area encompasses several blocks near the intersection of Innes Street and Main Street. The downtown area is dominated by small locally owned merchants. The area features many restaurants featuring a variety of cuisine and environments as well.

Health Care

Rowan Regional Medical Center is the city's general hospital. The W.G. Hefner VA Medical Center is a veterans' hospital in Salisbury operated by the United States Department of Veterans Affairsmarker.


Major employers in Salisbury include the US headquarters of Food Lion, a regional grocery chain that is the US subsidiary of Delhaize and the W.G. (Bill) Hefner VA Medical Center. The Rowan Regional Medical center - Salisbury's main hospital - and the local public school system, Rowan Salisbury School System, are also major employers. Smaller employers include textile mills and other manufacturing businesses.


Salisbury offers a number of educational opportunities.

Elementary schools (K-5)

  • Woodleaf Elementary School [19329]
  • Hurley Elementary School
  • Knollwood Elementary School
  • Millbridge Elementary School (opened 2005)
  • Carroll T Overton Elementary School
  • H D Isenberg Elementary School
  • E Hanford Dole Elementary School
  • Rockwell Elementary School
  • Landis Elementary School
  • Mt. Ulla Elementary

Middle schools (6-8)

  • Charles Erwin Middle School
  • Knox Middle School
  • Southeast Middle School
  • West Rowan Middle School
  • North Rowan Middle School.
  • Corriher-Lipe Middle School
  • China Grove Middle School

High schools (9-12)

  • North Rowan High School[19330] [19331]
  • Henderson Independent School (8-12)
  • Salisbury High School [19332]
  • West Rowan High School
  • Jesse C. Carson High School
  • East Rowan High School
  • South Rowan High School

Private schools

  • Rockwell Christian School (pk-12)
  • North Hills Christian School (PK-12) [19333]
  • St. John's Kindergarten (PK-K)
  • Sacred Heart Elementary School (K-8)
  • Salisbury Academy (PK-8)[19334]
  • Salisbury Adventist School (K-7)
  • Salisbury Christian School (K-12)
  • Tabernacle Baptist School
  • Cannon School, located in nearby Concord, serves Salisbury families
  • Gospel Light Baptist School (closed in 1995)
  • Rchsa, Homeschool group (anyage)

Colleges and universities



On the national level, Salisbury is a part of North Carolina's 12th congressional district, and is currently represented by Democrat Mel Watt. The state's senior member of the United States Senate is Republican Richard Burr, who was elected to the Senate in 2004. The junior Senator is Democrat Kay Hagan, who defeated Salisbury native and incumbent Senator Elizabeth Dole in the 2008 election. Salisbury is the home town of former Senator Dole; she has an office in Salisbury.

On the state level, Salisbury is represented in the North Carolina House of Representatives as a part of the 77th district, which includes the city and northern and western parts of Rowan Countymarker. The current representative is Democrat Lorene Coates. Salisbury is also represented in the North Carolina Senate by Republican Andrew Brock as a part of the 34th district. Senator Brock also represents Davie Countymarker.

Salisbury is governed by a city council which is chaired by the Mayor of Salisbury Susan W. Kluttz. The other city council members are William Kennedy, William Burgin, Mark N. Lewis, and Mayor Pro Tempore Paul B Woodson Jr. The city council appoints a city manager to run the day-to-day operations. Since 1986, David Treme has been Salisbury's City Manager.


Amtrak's Crescent and Carolinian and Piedmont trains connect Salisbury with the cities of New Yorkmarker, Philadelphiamarker, Baltimoremarker, Washingtonmarker, Richmondmarker, Raleighmarker, Charlottemarker, Atlantamarker, Birminghammarker and New Orleansmarker. The Amtrak stationmarker is situated at Depot and Liberty Streets.Salisbury is also served by Interstate 85, US Highways 601, 29, 52, and 70, and the Rowan County Airport.

Salisbury is an important point on Interstate 85 as it is just south of the halfway point between Charlottemarker and Greensboromarker.


Salisbury is also notable for its winemaking. Located near Salisbury is the famed Old Stone Vineyard and Winery, built by members of the Cruse family in 1943. The winery is one of the largest in the state producing quality muscadine and Frenchmarker recipe wines. The winery is also the historic site of the "Old Stone House" built by German immigrant Michael Braun in 1766 and the Beth Sadeh Synagogue, the only Sephardic synagogue in North Carolinamarker.

See also



The Salisbury Post is the local newspaper, published every day.

WSATmarker, which uses the on-air identifier "Memories 1280", is an AM radio station that plays "standards". It also broadcasts games of the Carolina Panthers, Catawba College, and local high schools.

WSTPmarker, which identifies itself on the air as "Newsradio 1490", is an AM radio station whose format consists of talk shows and broadcasts of Atlanta Braves baseball games and those of the University of North Carolina Tar Heels, as well as NFL games.

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