Fairplains, North Carolina

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Population in 2010: 2,120. Population change since 2000: +3.4%
Males: 968  (45.7%)
Females: 1,152  (54.3%)
Median resident age:  40.2 years
North Carolina median age:  38.7 years

Zip codes: 28659.

Estimated median household income in 2016: $38,979 (it was $28,563 in 2000)
Fairplains:

$38,979
NC:

$50,584

Estimated per capita income in 2016: $20,394 (it was $14,972 in 2000)

Fairplains CDP income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2016: $110,911 (it was $65,300 in 2000)
Fairplains:

$110,911
NC:

$165,400

Mean prices in 2016: All housing units: $113,526; Detached houses: $128,997; Mobile homes: $41,688

Median gross rent in 2016: $755.

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  • Races in Fairplains, NC (2010)

    Fairplains races chart
    • 1,51271.3%White alone
    • 28913.6%Hispanic
    • 27012.7%Black alone
    • 351.7%Two or more races
    • 100.5%Other race alone
    • 40.2%Asian alone

Races in Fairplains detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Fairplains: 83.1 (low, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: American (32.3%), African (9.1%), Irish (7.6%), Scotch-Irish (1.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 1340 feet

Land area: 4.25 square miles.

Population density: 498 people per square mile   (low).

Fairplains,NC real estate house value index trend

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For population 25 years and over in Fairplains:

  • High school or higher: 74.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 17.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 5.9%
  • Unemployed: 6.1%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 21.9 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Fairplains CDP:

  • Never married: 25.8%
  • Now married: 51.0%
  • Separated: 0.4%
  • Widowed: 9.9%
  • Divorced: 12.9%

296 residents are foreign born (6.9% Latin America, 6.3% Africa).

This place:

13.2%
North Carolina:

7.7%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2016: $768 (0.9%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2016: $934 (0.7%)

Fairplains satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Winston-Salem, NC (50.3 miles , pop. 185,776).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (70.5 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (419.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: North Wilkesboro, NC (1.2 miles ), Cricket, NC (1.6 miles ), Mulberry, NC (1.6 miles ), Wilkesboro, NC (1.8 miles ), Hays, NC (2.1 miles ), Millers Creek, NC (2.2 miles ), Moravian Falls, NC (2.5 miles ), Ronda, NC (3.5 miles ).

Latitude: 36.19 N, Longitude: 81.15 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 336

Fairplains household income distribution Fairplains home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.4%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Most common industries in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Manufacturing (44%)
  • Retail trade (20%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Construction (9%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Health care and social assistance (3%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (1%)
  • Health care and social assistance (33%)
  • Retail trade (23%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (7%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Other services, except public administration (4%)
  • Finance and insurance (3%)
Most common occupations in 2016 (%)
Males Females
  • Production occupations (42%)
  • Material moving occupations (11%)
  • Construction and extraction occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (8%)
  • Community and social service occupations (8%)
  • Sales and related occupations (5%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (20%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (19%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Legal occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Production occupations (5%)

Work and jobs in Fairplains: detailed stats about occupations, industries, unemployment, workers, commute

Average climate in Fairplains, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Fairplains-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 40% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 24.1 miles away from the Fairplains place center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 38.4 miles away from the place center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Fairplains-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 207.4 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 177.3 miles away from Fairplains center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 159.5 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 80.9 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 81.7 miles away from Fairplains center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 81.8 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Wilkes County (11) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 3

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 4, Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Blizzard: 1, Drought: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Fairplains topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Fairplains:

  • WILKES REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER Acute Care Hospitals (about 3 miles away; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC)
  • HOME CARE OF WILKES REGIONAL M (Home Health Center, about 3 miles away; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC)
  • WILKES SENIOR VILLAGE (Nursing Home, about 3 miles away; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC)
  • VOCA-COLLEGE STREET (Hospital, about 4 miles away; WILKESBORO, NC)
  • VOCA-WELBORN AVE (Hospital, about 4 miles away; WILKESBORO, NC)
  • AVANTE AT WILKESBORO (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; WILKESBORO, NC)
  • VESPERS NH INC (Nursing Home, about 4 miles away; WILKESBORO, NC)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Fairplains:

  • Wilkes Community College (about 5 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,292)
  • Surry Community College (about 28 miles; Dobson, NC; FT enrollment: 2,686)
  • Appalachian State University (about 30 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 30 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • Mitchell Community College (about 32 miles; Statesville, NC; FT enrollment: 2,458)
  • Catawba Valley Community College (about 35 miles; Hickory, NC; FT enrollment: 3,785)
  • NASCAR Technical Institute (about 44 miles; Mooresville, NC; FT enrollment: 2,350)

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Notable location: Northview Plaza (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Church in Fairplains: Pleasant Hill Missionary Baptist Church (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Mountlawn Memorial Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Creek: Lousy Creek (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Wilkes County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 63.0. This is about average.

City:

63.0
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2003 was 3.62. This is significantly worse than average. Closest monitor was 2.8 miles away from the city center.

City:

3.62
U.S.:

1.91

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 27.6. This is about average. Closest monitor was 18.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

27.6
U.S.:

32.0
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2016: 18.6%
(20.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 12.1% for Black residents, 14.8% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 16.1% for other race residents, 97.2% for two or more races residents)
Average household size:
This place:  2.4 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This place:  63.6%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This place:  9.4%
Whole state:  5.9%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.6% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.1% of all households
23 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional) in 2010
6 people in group homes intended for adults in 2010

Educational Attainment (%) in 2016

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2016

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

13.0
North Carolina average:

12.0

Fairplains travel time to work - commute Fairplains mode of transportation to work chart

Presidential Elections Results

1996 2000 2004 2008 2012 2016

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Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Fairplains CDP (based on Wilkes County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant34,199116
Mainline Protestant4,39622
Black Protestant5734
Other5163
Catholic4071
None29,327-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 18
Wilkes County:

2.70 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
Wilkes County:

0.30 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 48
Wilkes County:

7.20 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 50
Here:

7.50 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

10.9%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Wilkes County:

27.9%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

18.1%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

44.4%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Fairplains:

37.5%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

28.7
State:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Fairplains:

24.6%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Fairplains:

10.8%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
This city:

6.8
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Fairplains:

32.9%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Here:

48.9%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

75.5%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Fairplains, NC Residents

3.71% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($31,703 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.71%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Yadkin County, NC  0.41% ($26,660 average AGI)
from Surry County, NC  0.31% ($26,171)
from Forsyth County, NC  0.18% ($43,878)


3.93% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($30,349 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

3.93%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Yadkin County, NC  0.32% ($24,081 average AGI)
to Surry County, NC  0.32% ($23,042)
to Forsyth County, NC  0.22% ($27,020)

Strongest AM radio stations in Fairplains:

  • WKBC (800 AM; 1 kW; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: WILKES BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC)
  • WWWC (1240 AM; 1 kW; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS MEDIA, INC.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKSK (580 AM; 5 kW; W.JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: CADDELL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WPAQ (740 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT AIRY, NC; Owner: RALPH D. EPPERSON)
  • WBT (1110 AM; 50 kW; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATNS CO. OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WSGH (1040 AM; 9 kW; LEWISVILLE, NC; Owner: WINSTON-SALEM, GREENSBORO, HIGH POINT AREA RADIO)
  • WCXN (1170 AM; daytime; 8 kW; CLAREMONT, NC; Owner: WCXN, INC.)
  • WSYD (1300 AM; 10 kW; MOUNT AIRY, NC; Owner: GRANITE CITY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Fairplains:

  • WKBC-FM (97.3 FM; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: WILKES BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W267AN (101.3 FM; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: TRIAD FAMILY NETWORK, INC.)
  • WBRF (98.1 FM; GALAX, VA; Owner: BLUE RIDGE RADIO, INC.)
  • WIFM-FM (100.9 FM; ELKIN, NC; Owner: VON BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WFMX (105.7 FM; STATESVILLE, NC; Owner: MERCURY BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WVTR (91.9 FM; MARION, VA; Owner: VIRGINIA TECH FOUNDATION INC)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)

TV broadcast stations around Fairplains:

  • WBTV (Channel 3; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: JEFFERSON-PILOT COMMUNICATIONS/WBTV, INC.)
  • WJZY (Channel 46; BELMONT, NC; Owner: WJZY-TV, INC.)
  • WWWB (Channel 55; ROCK HILL, SC; Owner: WWWB-TV, INC.)
  • WCNC-TV (Channel 36; CHARLOTTE, NC; Owner: WCNC-TV, INC.)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Electricity (74%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (15%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8%)
  • Utility gas (4%)

Fairplains compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Unemployed percentage below state average.
  • Median age below state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage above state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
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