Introduction to Graham, North Carolina

Graham, North Carolina, in Alamance county, is 21 miles E of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center) and 47 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina.Part of the surrounding Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point metro area, the city is not an isolated city. Graham is home to some 12,833 residents.

Graham History

Graham was founded in 1849 and became the county seat of the newly formed Alamance County. It was named after William Alexander Graham, the then Governor of North Carolina, who also became the United States Secretary of the Navy in 1850. The city was incorporated in 1851. The North Carolina Railroad first entered the area in the 1850s. The Graham Institute was established in 1852.

Graham and nearby Attractions

  • Graham Historical Museum
  • Ackland Art Museum
  • Orange County Historical Museum
  • Duke Homestead State Historic Site
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
  • Guilford Courthouse National Military Park

Things To Do In Graham

During your stay in Graham, you can visit Oakley Street Park. One can enjoy canoeing on the Haw River. The city also has a number of houses of worship including the Greenway Park Church and Bethany Church. It also offers easy access to the Chapel Hill Museum, Bennett Place State Historic Site, Eno River State Park, and Guilford Courthouse National Military Park. In addition, the City of Graham hosts several recreational events and programs throughout the year.

Graham Transportation

Danville Regional Airport is the nearest airport.

Graham Higher Education

Alamance Community College is located within the city. Elon College is also nearby.


Total Population 14,468
Male Share of the Population 46.1%
Female Share of the Population 53.9%
Senior Citizens 15.2%
Employed Population 16+ 5,768
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 43.4%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 18.1%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $41,404
% Above Poverty Level 70.9%
% Below Poverty Level 29.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 21 minutes
% Working from Home 2.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0.5%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 32.5%
Median Gross Rent $693
Median House Value $120,000


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 43.9%
US/American 0%
English 7.5%
Irish 6.8%

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

Graham Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles E of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 47 miles NW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Alamance
Metro Area Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point
Standard Zip Codes 27253
Phone Area Codes 336
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.068
Longitude -79.4

Graham Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Distance 2.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 50 F
Apr Temp 45 to 72 F
Jul Temp 68 to 91 F
Oct Temp 46 to 73 F
Annual Precip 45 inches
Distance 30.8 miles
Jan Temp 28 to 47 F
Apr Temp 46 to 70 F
Jul Temp 68 to 88 F
Oct Temp 48 to 70 F
Annual Precip 43.1 inches
Distance 35.6 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 47 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 68 to 90 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 44.9 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Alamance 871 $88,833
Burlington 52,241 $46,994
Green Level 1,977 $30,179
Haw River 2,585 $45,188
Swepsonville 1,275 $74,531

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

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Serves 1,296 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 18.5

Serves 840 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 17.1

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Serves 313 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.9

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