Yadkin County
Yadkin River in Elkin
Yadkin River in Elkin
Official seal of Yadkin County
Map of North Carolina highlighting Yadkin County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°10′N 80°40′W / 36.16°N 80.67°W / 36.16; -80.67
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1850
Named forYadkin River
SeatYadkinville
Largest townYadkinville
Area
 • Total338 sq mi (880 km2)
 • Land335 sq mi (870 km2)
 • Water2.7 sq mi (7 km2)  0.8%%
Population
 • Estimate 
(2021)
37,192
 • Density111/sq mi (43/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th
Websitewww.yadkincountync.gov

Yadkin County is located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2020 Census, the population was 37,214.[1] Its county seat is Yadkinville.[2] Yadkin County is included in the Winston-Salem, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area, which is also included in the Greensboro-Winston-Salem-High Point, NC Combined Statistical Area.

History

The county was formed in 1850 from the part of Surry County south of the Yadkin River, for which it was named.

Geography

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 338 square miles (880 km2), of which 335 square miles (870 km2) is land and 2.7 square miles (7.0 km2) (0.8%) is water.[3]

Yadkin County is located in the Piedmont region of central North Carolina. The Piedmont consists of rolling farmlands frequently broken by hills or valleys formed by streams. The extreme western section of the county contains the Brushy Mountains, a deeply eroded spur of the much higher Blue Ridge Mountains to the west. Yadkin County marks the eastern end of the Brushy Mountains range; none of the peaks rise more than 400–500 feet above the surrounding countryside. The highest point in the county is Star Peak near Jonesville, at 1,590 feet above sea level.

The Yadkin River forms the county's northern and eastern borders. The county takes its name from the river.

State and local protected areas

Adjacent counties

Major water-bodies

Major highways

Two major four-lane highways serve Yadkin County. Interstate 77 runs north to south in the western part of the county and U.S. Highway 421 runs east to west. The two highways intersect near Hamptonville. The county also is served by U.S. Highway 21, which runs mostly parallel with I-77, and U.S. Highway 601, which runs through Yadkinville and Boonville. North Carolina Highway 67 is another popular artery that links the northern part of the county with Jonesville-Elkin and Winston-Salem.

Airports

Commercial flights are available through Piedmont Triad International Airport and Charlotte Douglas International Airport. Two private airports are located in the county, Swan Creek near Jonesville and Lone Hickory near Yadkinville. One additional airport is located in Boonville on Baptist Church Road. It recently housed NC Baptist Hospital's AirCare II during a transitional period.

Public transportation

Beginning in 2006, the Piedmont Authority for Regional Transportation (PART) began offering limited bus service between Boone, North Carolina and Greensboro, North Carolina as part of its US 421 Mountaineer Express.[4] The buses make stops east and west in Yadkinville.

Yadkin Valley Economic Development District Inc. (YVEDDI), a community action agency based in Boonville, operates a multi-county rural public transportation system.

Demographics

Historical population
Census Pop.
186010,714
187010,697−0.2%
188012,42016.1%
189013,79011.0%
190014,0832.1%
191015,4289.6%
192016,3916.2%
193018,0109.9%
194020,65714.7%
195022,1337.1%
196022,8043.0%
197024,5997.9%
198028,43915.6%
199030,4887.2%
200036,34819.2%
201038,4065.7%
202037,214−3.1%
2021 (est.)37,192[5]−3.2%
U.S. Decennial Census[6]
1790–1960[7] 1900–1990[8]
1990–2000[9] 2010–2013[10]

2020 census

Yadkin County racial composition[11]
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 30,357 81.57%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 1,071 2.88%
Native American 63 0.17%
Asian 142 0.38%
Other/Mixed 1,199 3.22%
Hispanic or Latino 4,382 11.78%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 37,214 people, 15,425 households, and 10,789 families residing in the county.

2000 census

As of the census[12] of 2000, there were 36,348 people, 14,505 households, and 10,588 families residing in the county. The population density was 108 people per square mile (42/km2). There were 15,821 housing units at an average density of 47 per square mile (18/km2). The racial makeup of the county was 92.54% White, 3.43% Black or African American, 0.16% Native American, 0.17% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.91% from other races, and 0.77% from two or more races. 6.48% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There were 14,505 households, out of which 32.10% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.00% were married couples living together, 9.00% had a female householder with no husband present, and 27.00% were non-families. 24.00% of all households were made up of individuals, and 10.50% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.47 and the average family size was 2.92.

In the county, the population was spread out, with 24.00% under the age of 18, 7.50% from 18 to 24, 30.20% from 25 to 44, 24.20% from 45 to 64, and 14.20% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 96.40 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.60 males.

The median income for a household in the county was $36,660, and the median income for a family was $43,758. Males had a median income of $29,589 versus $22,599 for females. The per capita income for the county was $18,576. About 7.10% of families and 10.00% of the population were below the poverty line, including 10.90% of those under age 18 and 17.40% of those age 65 or over.

Communities

Map of Yadkin County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels
Map of Yadkin County, North Carolina With Municipal and Township Labels

Towns

Townships

Unincorporated communities

Former towns

These towns were incorporated at one time:[13]

Former township

Politics, law and government

Owing to its Quaker past[15] and consequent historical Unionist sympathies,[16] Yadkin County became and has always remained solidly Republican. The county has voted for the Republican presidential nominee in every election since the party first contested North Carolina in the 1868 election.[17] Alongside Stokes County and Surry County, it was one of only three North Carolina counties to remain loyal to William Howard Taft in 1912, and one of seven to vote for Alf Landon in 1936. Even before the Republican Party contested the South, Yadkin County never voted Democratic: it would vote for Constitutional Union candidate John Bell in 1860, for Know-Nothing candidate Millard Fillmore in 1856, and for the Whig Party in its first election of 1852.

United States presidential election results for Yadkin County, North Carolina[18]
Year Republican Democratic Third party
No.  % No.  % No.  %
2020 15,933 79.97% 3,763 18.89% 227 1.14%
2016 13,880 78.76% 3,160 17.93% 584 3.31%
2012 12,578 74.81% 3,957 23.54% 278 1.65%
2008 12,409 72.37% 4,527 26.40% 211 1.23%
2004 11,816 77.16% 3,451 22.54% 46 0.30%
2000 10,435 76.27% 3,127 22.85% 120 0.88%
1996 8,439 68.54% 2,927 23.77% 947 7.69%
1992 7,311 56.34% 3,913 30.15% 1,753 13.51%
1988 7,918 71.10% 3,195 28.69% 24 0.22%
1984 8,976 74.37% 3,075 25.48% 19 0.16%
1980 7,530 65.08% 3,850 33.28% 190 1.64%
1976 5,916 56.52% 4,497 42.96% 55 0.53%
1972 6,824 79.16% 1,592 18.47% 205 2.38%
1968 5,885 60.51% 1,443 14.84% 2,397 24.65%
1964 5,860 61.70% 3,638 38.30% 0 0.00%
1960 7,268 72.30% 2,785 27.70% 0 0.00%
1956 5,469 69.85% 2,361 30.15% 0 0.00%
1952 5,540 66.54% 2,786 33.46% 0 0.00%
1948 3,631 61.19% 2,083 35.10% 220 3.71%
1944 4,392 64.00% 2,470 36.00% 0 0.00%
1940 4,077 52.69% 3,660 47.31% 0 0.00%
1936 4,200 56.69% 3,209 43.31% 0 0.00%
1932 3,422 54.82% 2,789 44.68% 31 0.50%
1928 3,878 83.60% 761 16.40% 0 0.00%
1924 2,889 67.48% 1,381 32.26% 11 0.26%
1920 3,301 70.97% 1,350 29.03% 0 0.00%
1916 1,721 66.19% 879 33.81% 0 0.00%
1912 791 37.61% 713 33.90% 599 28.48%


Yadkin County is a member of the regional Northwest Piedmont Council of Governments. It is governed by a five-member board of commissioners who are elected every two years. In the North Carolina Senate, Yadkin County is located in the 31st Senate District represented by Republican Joyce Krawiec. In the North Carolina House of Representatives, Yadkin County is in the 73rd District represented by Republican Lee Zachary.

Education

Yadkin County has three high schools, Forbush, Starmount, and the Yadkin Early College.

The Yadkin Early College is a five-year program where high school and college courses are offered on the Yadkin campus of Surry Community College. Students get the opportunity to earn their high school diploma and an associate degree in nursing, criminal justice, or a transfer degree to a four-year university.

The high schools are fed by eight elementary schools, which teach kindergarten through sixth grades. The eight elementary schools are Boonville, Courtney, East Bend, Fall Creek, Forbush, Jonesville, West Yadkin and Yadkinville.

The school system also operates Yadkin Success Academy, an alternative learning center on Old U.S. 421 in Yadkinville.

Yadkin County opened two new middle schools in 2009. Starmount Middle School opened in August and serves seventh and eighth grade students from Jonesville, Boonville, and West Yadkin Elementary Schools. Forbush Middle opened in November and serves East Bend, Forbush Elementary, Fall Creek, Courtney, and Yadkinville Schools. Both campuses are adjacent to the high schools.

Surry Community College offers courses through its Yadkin Campus at 4649 U.S. Highway 601 North near Yadkinville.[19]

Yadkin Valley wine region

All of Yadkin County is included in the Yadkin Valley AVA, an American Viticultural Area recognized by the United States government as a unique grape-growing region. Wines made from grapes grown in this area may use the appellation "Yadkin Valley" on the label. Yadkin County is also home to the second North Carolina AVA, the Swan Creek Wine Region.

Media

Print

Yadkin County is covered by two community newspapers, The Yadkin Ripple and The Tribune of Elkin. The Winston-Salem Journal, a larger daily paper, also covers the county. Yadkin Valley Living, a bimonthly lifestyles publication, is based in East Bend.

Broadcast

WSGH, an AM Spanish contemporary station, broadcasts from eastern Yadkin County.

Yadkin County is part of the Piedmont Triad radio and television market but many broadcasts from the Charlotte market also can be received.

Notable people

See also

References

  1. ^ "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Yadkin County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved June 7, 2011.
  3. ^ "2010 Census Gazetteer Files". United States Census Bureau. August 22, 2012. Archived from the original on January 12, 2015. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  4. ^ Piedmont Regional Transportation Authority Website Archived 2007-06-01 at the Wayback Machine
  5. ^ cite "U.S. Census Bureau QuickFacts: Yadkin County, North Carolina". www.census.gov. Retrieved May 2, 2022.
  6. ^ "U.S. Decennial Census". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  7. ^ "Historical Census Browser". University of Virginia Library. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  8. ^ Forstall, Richard L., ed. (March 27, 1995). "Population of Counties by Decennial Census: 1900 to 1990". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  9. ^ "Census 2000 PHC-T-4. Ranking Tables for Counties: 1990 and 2000" (PDF). United States Census Bureau. April 2, 2001. Retrieved January 20, 2015.
  10. ^ "State & County QuickFacts". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved October 30, 2013.
  11. ^ "Explore Census Data". data.census.gov. Retrieved December 20, 2021.
  12. ^ "U.S. Census website". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved January 31, 2008.
  13. ^ The Heritage of Yadkin County, Frances Harding Casstevens, editor, Page 9
  14. ^ "The formation of the North Carolina counties, 1663-1943".
  15. ^ Auman, William T. and Scarboro, David D.; ‘The Heroes of America in Civil War North Carolina’, The North Carolina Historical Review, volume. 58, no. 4 (October, 1981), pp. 327-363
  16. ^ Auman, William T. (2013). Civil War in the North Carolina Quaker Belt: The Confederate Campaign Against Peace Agitators, Deserters and Draft Dodgers. McFarland. pp. 11, 66-68. ISBN 978-0-7864-7663-3.
  17. ^ Menendez, Albert J.; The Geography of Presidential Elections in the United States, 1868-2004, pp. 265-271 ISBN 0786422173
  18. ^ Leip, David. "Dave Leip's Atlas of U.S. Presidential Elections". uselectionatlas.org. Retrieved March 17, 2018.
  19. ^ "Off-Campus Centers". Surry Community College site. Archived from the original on October 7, 2011. Retrieved July 2, 2011.

Coordinates: 36°10′N 80°40′W / 36.16°N 80.67°W / 36.16; -80.67