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Overview

Introduction to Fayetteville, North Carolina

The city of Fayetteville is located in the south-central part of North Carolina, about 60 miles south of the state capital of Raleigh. As the county seat of Cumberland County, Fayetteville is probably best known for being the home of the U.S. Army's Fort Bragg, a post from which thousands of elite paratroopers regularly deploy on high-priority missions worldwide. Located about 12 miles northwest of the city, Fort Bragg was originally established as a field artillery base in 1918 and evolved during World War II into a training ground for the nation's Airborne Divisions. Fort Bragg today itself bears many similarities to a city, employing hundreds of thousands and creating an economic impact numbering in the billions annually.

Fayetteville has a regional airport with connection carrier service to nearby southern and eastern cities including Charlotte, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. Several thoroughfares service the city, including Interstates I-95 and I-295; U.S. Routes 13, 301, and 401: and North Carolina State Highways 24, 53, and 87. Nearby communities include Wade (to the northeast), Autryville (to the east), and Hope Mills (to the southwest).

Fayetteville, named after the Revolutionary War hero Marquis de Lafayette, was originally settled in 1739 by Scottish immigrants and created in 1783 by the convergence of two early settlements, Campbellton and Cross Creek. The city served as the North Carolina's capital from 1789-1793 but eventually lost out to Raleigh in its bid to become the permanent state capital. On two occasions in its history, Fayetteville was forced to endure calamities. The Great Fire of 1831 was responsible for the destruction of hundreds of buildings, including the original structure which served for a few years as the State House. During the Civil War, General Sherman's Union troops inflicted destruction on the city, burning the Confederate arsenal. The city was able to rebound from both of these setbacks and preserve many structures which stand today as living reflections of history in Fayetteville's historic districts.

Fayetteville Attractions

One of the most visited attractions in Fayetteville is also one of its newest. The Airborne and Special Operations Museum is a state-of-the-art educational facility whose exhibits celebrate the courage, honor, and heroism of this unparalleled sector of our armed forces. The 82nd Airborne Division War Memorial Museum houses thousands of artifacts dating back to World War I. Fayetteville's Transportation Museum, which chronicles the story of vehicles and transportation throughout the city's history, is located at the site of the former Cape Fear and Yadkin Valley Railroad Depot. Other points of interest in Fayetteville include the Averasboro Battlefield Museum, the Fascinate-U Children's Museum, the Fayetteville Museum of Art, and the Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex. Theaters in town include the Cape Fear Regional Theatre, featuring musicals, dramas, and off-Broadway productions; and the Cameo Theatre, an intimate downtown venue showing classic, independent and foreign films.

Sports teams in Fayetteville include the FireAntz, a minor-league professional ice hockey team which plays in the Southern Professional Hockey League (SPHL); the Fayetteville Guard, a professional indoor football team belonging to the National Indoor Football League (NIFL); and the Fayetteville Swamp Dogs, a baseball team playing in the Coastal Plain League (CPL), a collegiate summer league which features top-notch college players from around the nation. Nearby Raleigh features major-league action in the form of the Carolina Hurricanes of the National Hockey League (NHL) while neighboring Durham has a minor league baseball team, the Durham Bulls, who compete in the International League as the Class Triple-A affiliate of the Tampa Bay Devil Rays.

People

Total Population 202,521
Male Share of the Population 49%
Female Share of the Population 51%
Senior Citizens 10.9%
Employed Population 16+ 90,569
Age of the Population 31

Families

% of people married 44.6%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 25.1%
Median Earnings25+ $31,875
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $14,432
Median Earnings With High School Degree $24,555

Wealth

Median Family Income $50,330
% Above Poverty Level 81.6%
% Below Poverty Level 18.4%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 2.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 5.4%
% Using Public Transportation 0.8%

Housing

People Living Alone 31.1%
Median Gross Rent $880
Median House Value $128,200

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 59.4%
US/American 0%
English 6%
Irish 7.6%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fayetteville Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 51 miles S of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Cumberland
Metro Area Fayetteville
Standard Zip Codes 28301, 28303, 28304, 28305, 28306, 28307, 28308, 28311, 28312, 28314
P.O. Box Zip Codes 28302, 28309
Phone Area Codes 910
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.052
Longitude -78.878

Fayetteville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station FAYETTEVILLE PWC
Distance 1.2 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 52 F
Apr Temp 47 to 73 F
Jul Temp 70 to 90 F
Oct Temp 49 to 74 F
Annual Precip 46.7 inches
Station DUNN 4 NW
Distance 21.3 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 51 F
Apr Temp 46 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 72 F
Annual Precip 48.5 inches
Station LUMBERTON
Distance 30 miles
Jan Temp 31 to 54 F
Apr Temp 47 to 74 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 47 to 75 F
Annual Precip 47.9 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

According to the US Postal Service, Fayetteville, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

East Fayetteville (28301)

Eutaw (28303)

Fay (28301)

Fayetteville Municipal Airpo (28306)

Haymount (28305)

Lafayette (28304)

Lakedale (28306)

Ponderosa (28303)

Pope A F B (28308)

Note that not all alternate names are acceptable for use in US Post Office addresses.

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Autryville 426 $0
Hope Mills 16,123 $56,667
Parkton 560 $52,969
Spring Lake 13,336 $39,036
Stedman 1,313 $65,188
Wade 562 $42,045

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Fayetteville Public Libraries

Library
Cumberland County Public Library & Inf Center
300 MAIDEN LANE
Fayetteville, North Carolina
(910) 483-1580
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Fayetteville Hospitals

CAPE FEAR VALLEY MEDICAL CENTER
(Government - Local)
1638 OWEN DRIVE P O BOX 2000
(910) 609-4000
Emergency Service: Yes

Fayetteville VA Medical Center
(VA)
2300 Ramsey Street
(910) 488-2120 or (800) 771-6106
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Fayetteville High Schools

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SEVENTY-FIRST HIGH
6764 RAEFORD ROAD
910-867-3116
Serves 1,887 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

JACK BRITT HIGH SCHOOL
7403 ROCKFISH ROAD
910-429-2800
Serves 1,753 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

PINE FOREST HIGH
525 ANDREWS ROAD
910-488-2384
Serves 1,731 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

CAPE FEAR HIGH
4762 CLINTON ROAD
910-483-0191
Serves 1,521 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

TERRY SANFORD HIGH
2301 FORT BRAGG ROAD
910-484-1151
Serves 1,498 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.1

E E SMITH HIGH
1800 SEABROOK ROAD
910-483-0153
Serves 1,469 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 15.8

DOUGLAS BYRD HIGH
1624 IRELAND DRIVE
910-484-8121
Serves 1,391 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 13.4

WESTOVER HIGH
277 BONANZA DRIVE
910-864-0190
Serves 1,347 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.3

REID ROSS CLASSICAL
3200 RAMSEY STREET
910-488-8415
Serves 876 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.2

MASSEY HILL CLASSICAL HIGH
1062 SOUTHERN AVENUE
910-485-8761
Serves 301 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 11.6

CUMBERLAND EVENING ACADEMY
1624 IRELAND DRIVE
910-484-3391
A Non-traditional School
Serves 46 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 4.6

RAMSEY ST HS ALT PROGRAM
117 QUINCY STREET
910-437-5829
A Non-traditional School
Serves 19 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 1.2

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