Southern Pines, North Carolina
Southern Pines station
Official seal of Southern Pines, North Carolina
Location of Southern Pines in Moore County, North Carolina (bottom) and of Moore County in North Carolina (top)
Location of Southern Pines in Moore County, North Carolina (bottom) and of Moore County in North Carolina (top)
Coordinates: 35°11′36″N 79°24′14″W / 35.19333°N 79.40389°W / 35.19333; -79.40389
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
Named forIts location on the edge of the Longleaf pine belt[1]
 • MayorCarol Haney
 • Town17.76 sq mi (45.99 km2)
 • Land17.57 sq mi (45.50 km2)
 • Water0.19 sq mi (0.49 km2)
Elevation512 ft (156 m)
 • Town15,545
 • Density884.95/sq mi (341.69/km2)
 • Urban
50,319 (US: 506th)[3]
 • Urban density1,058.1/sq mi (408.5/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area codes910, 472
FIPS code37-63120[5]
GNIS feature ID2407374[4]

Southern Pines is a town in Moore County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 12,334 as of the 2010 United States Census.


Founded as a winter health resort for Northerners,[6] land for the establishment of a town was purchased in 1884[6] and the town was incorporated on March 7, 1887.[7][8]

As of 1898, it was a sundown town where African Americans were not allowed to reside or conduct business.[9]

The James Boyd House, Shaw House, Southern Pines Historic District, Firleigh Farms, and Moore County Hunt Lands and Mile-Away Farms are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[10][11][12] The Southern Pines Golf Club was founded in 1906.


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 mile (0.5 km2) (1.16%) is water.


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[13]
Shops along N Broad Street

2020 census

Southern Pines racial composition[14]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 11,126 71.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 2,609 16.78%
Native American 64 0.41%
Asian 232 1.49%
Pacific Islander 13 0.08%
Other/Mixed 683 4.39%
Hispanic or Latino 818 5.26%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 15,545 people, 6,321 households, and 3,505 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the 2010 census,[5] there were 12,334 people, 5,866 households, and 3,304 families residing in the town. The population density was 806 inhabitants per square mile (311/km2). There were 6,859 housing units at an average density of 371 houses/condos per square mile (143.24/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 71.7% White, 24% African American, 0.6% Native American, 0.8% Asian, 0.1% Pacific Islander, 1.3% from other races, and 1.4% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.4% of the population.[15]

Of the 5,866 households, 21% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 40.6% were married couples living together, 13% had a female householder with no husband present, 2.7 had a male householder with no female present, and 38.9% were non-families. The average household size was 2.07 and the average family size was 2.75.[15]

In the town, the population was spread out, with 21.9% aged 19 and younger, 4.7% from 20 to 24, 20.8% from 25 to 44, 25.2% from 45 to 64, and 27.5% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 47. For every 100 females, there were 82 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.2 males.[15]

The median income for a household in the town was $41,297 in 2011,[16] and the median income for a family was $60,683.[17] Males had a median income of $29,855 versus $23,920 for females. The per capita income for the town was $30,886.[17] Of families, 9.26% were below the poverty level, along with 12.4% of the population poverty line, including 23.0% of those under age 18 and 9.6% of those age 65 or over.



The metro area has TV broadcasting stations that serve the Raleigh-Durham Designated Market Area (DMA) as defined by Nielsen Media Research.


Notable people

Sister city

Southern Pines has one sister city, as designated by Sister Cities International:[21]


  1. ^ "North Carolina Gazetteer". Retrieved December 8, 2022.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ United States Census Bureau (December 29, 2022). "2020 Census Qualifying Urban Areas and Final Criteria Clarifications". Federal Register.
  4. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Southern Pines, North Carolina
  5. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  6. ^ a b Southern Pines North Carolina 2040 Comprehensive Plan Adopted September 12, 2023,, last accessed November 12, 2023.
  7. ^ An Act to Incorporate the Town of Southern Pines, in Moore county, ratified March 7, 1887,, last accessed November 12, 2023.
  8. ^ Southern Pines Comprehensive Long Range Plan 2016, p. B-26.
  9. ^ "State Press". The Semi-Weekly Messenger. Wilmington, North Carolina. November 18, 1898. p. 4 – via Chronicling America. Southern Pines, in Moore county, this state, is a typical northern community. It was built, is settled and is governed by people from the northern and New England states, and it is interesting to know how the negro is treated there. … Southern Pines was founded by eastern capitalists as a resort for invalids and hundreds go there every winter seeking restoration of health. Its founders, notwithstanding their birth-place and traditions, did not allow any sentimental notions about the negroes to enter in their plans. No negro is allowed to live or do business in Southern Pines. They are all congregated in a place called 'Jimtown', and when they visit the town proper, are models of quiet and orderly behavior.
  10. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  11. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties, 9/09/13 through 9/13/13. National Park Service. September 20, 2013.
  12. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 5/29/14 through 5/23/14. National Park Service. May 30, 2014.
  13. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015.
  14. ^ "Explore Census Data". Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  15. ^ a b c "2010 Census data for City of Southern Pines, NC". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  16. ^ "Southern Pines, North Carolina (NC 28387) profile: population, maps, real estate, averages, homes, statistics, relocation, travel, jobs, hospitals, schools, crime, moving, houses, news, sex offenders". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  17. ^ a b "Southern Pines, NC Income and Careers -™". Retrieved April 6, 2018.
  18. ^ Shaw Names Bobby Collins New Head Men's Basketball Coach. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  19. ^ Levin, Rachel. (May 28, 2013). An Ultrarunner's Long Road Back. Outside. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  20. ^ Blues with Toni Lynn Washington. Retrieved July 28, 2020.
  21. ^ Sahadi, Bill. (June 8, 2017). Sister Cities International. Fore Properties. Retrieved July 21, 2020.

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