Wadesboro, North Carolina
Flag of Wadesboro, North Carolina
Official seal of Wadesboro, North Carolina
"The Heart of the Carolinas"
Location within the state of North Carolina
Location within the state of North Carolina
Wadesboro is located in the United States
Coordinates: 34°57′53″N 80°04′29″W / 34.96472°N 80.07472°W / 34.96472; -80.07472
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded byPatrick Boggan
Named forThomas Wade
 • TypeCouncil–Manager
 • MayorJohn I. Ballard (I)
 • Total6.61 sq mi (17.12 km2)
 • Land6.60 sq mi (17.08 km2)
 • Water0.01 sq mi (0.03 km2)
Elevation525 ft (160 m)
 • Total5,008
 • Density759.25/sq mi (293.16/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code(s)
28135, 28170
Area code704
FIPS code37-70380[3]
GNIS feature ID2406812[2]

Wadesboro is a town and the county seat of Anson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 5,008 at the 2020 census.[4] The town was originally found in 1783 as New Town but changed by the North Carolina General Assembly to Wadesboro in 1787 to honor Colonel Thomas Wade,[5][6] a native son, state legislator, and Revolutionary War commander of the Anson County Regiment.[7][8][9][10]


Children in Wadesboro, 1938. Photo by Marion Post Wolcott.

Originally named Newtown, the town was renamed by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1787 to honor of Colonel Thomas Wade after his service with the Anson County Regiment of militia in the American Revolutionary War.

In 1900, astronomers determined that Wadesboro would be the best location in North America for viewing a total solar eclipse. The Smithsonian Astrophysical Observatory, then based in Washington, D.C., loaded several railroad cars with scientific equipment and headed to the town.

The Boggan-Hammond House and Alexander Little Wing, United States Post Office, and Wadesboro Downtown Historic District are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[11]


According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.4 km2), of which 0.012 square miles (0.03 km2), or 0.20%, is water.[7]

Wadesboro is situated 19 miles (31 km) west of Rockingham, 23 miles (37 km) north of Cheraw, 28 miles (45 km) east of Monroe, and 30 miles (48 km) south of Albemarle.


Historical population
2021 (est.)5,038[4]0.6%
U.S. Decennial Census[12]

2020 census

Wadesboro racial composition[13]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 1,610 32.15%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 3,066 61.88%
Native American 18 0.36%
Asian 66 1.32%
Other/Mixed 126 2.52%
Hispanic or Latino 89 1.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 5,008 people, 2,022 households, and 1,164 families residing in the town.

2010 census

As of the census[3] of 2010, there were 5,813 people, 2,303 households, and 1,428 families residing in the town. The population density was 921.2 inhabitants per square mile (355.7/km2). There were 2,692 housing units at an average density of 426.6 per square mile (164.7/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 35.6% White, 60.7% African American, 0.2% Native American, 1.4% Asian, 0.9% some other race, and 1.3% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.8% of the population.[14]

There were 2,303 households, out of which 32.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 31.1% were headed by married couples living together, 25.7% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.5% of all households were made up of individuals, and 16.3% were someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40, and the average family size was 3.09.[14]

In the town, the population was spread out, with 24.6% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 23.1% from 25 to 44, 24.8% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 39.8 years. For every 100 females there were 81.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.5 males.[14]

For the period 2007–11, the estimated median annual income for a household in the town was $32,550, and the median income for a family was $34,522. Male full-time workers had a median income of $38,385 versus $29,297 for females. The per capita income for the town was $17,055. About 19.0% of families and 22.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 39.1% of those under age 18 and 11.1% of those age 65 or over.[15]


Wadesboro is served by the Anson County School District.


Television stations available are from the Charlotte Designated Market Area, which Anson County and Wadesboro are a part of. Additionally, the local cable provider carries one station from Columbia, South Carolina, WIS-TV.

Notable people

In popular culture

Horror film Evil Dead II was filmed in Wadesboro, and the Huntley House became the production office for the film. Most of Evil Dead II was filmed in the woods near that farmhouse, or J.R. Faison Junior High School, which is where the interior cabin set was located.[citation needed]

See also


  1. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  2. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Wadesboro, North Carolina
  3. ^ a b "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  4. ^ a b "City and Town Population Totals: 2020-2021". Census.gov. US Census Bureau. Retrieved July 10, 2022.
  5. ^ "The Patriot Leaders in North Carolina - Thomas Wade". www.carolana.com. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
  6. ^ "Boggan, Patrick | NCpedia". ncpedia.org. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
  7. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Wadesboro town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  8. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  9. ^ "Thomas Wade". NCPedia. Retrieved April 22, 2019.
  10. ^ "Anson County | NCpedia". www.ncpedia.org. Retrieved October 29, 2022.
  11. ^ "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
  12. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2016.
  13. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 22, 2021.
  14. ^ a b c "Profile of General Population and Housing Characteristics: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (DP-1): Wadesboro town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2013.
  15. ^ "Selected Economic Characteristics: 2007-2011 American Community Survey 5-Year Estimates (DP03): Wadesboro town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 12, 2020. Retrieved July 3, 2013.

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