Introduction to High Point, North Carolina

High Point is located in Guilford County and is part of the Piedmont Triad. The city is referred to as the "Furniture Capital of the World," which is attributed to the substantial amount of furniture manufacturers and the High Point Market which is recognized as the world's biggest furnishings industry trade fair. The semi-annual market typically brings in over 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from all over the world. The city is also known for producing buses.


The early settlers in the region were primarily Quakers and Germans. Beginning with the mid-eighteenth century, High Point served as a refuge for Pennsylvania Quakers. Due to its convenient location and the arrival of the North Carolina Railroad, it became a prominent manufacturing center. The city was incorporated in 1859. During 1889 the town's first furniture making facility was opened. Textiles, tobacco and woodworking were also significant factors for the economy. The city was known for it's attractive architecture and the impressive homes of wealthy industrialists.


  • Angela Peterson Doll and Miniature Museum
  • Bernice Bienenstock Furniture Library features one of the largest collections of books regarding the history of furniture and interior design
  • High Point Community Theatre offers musicals, comedies and dramas
  • High Point Museum and Historic Park
  • Historic Castle McCulloch is a 19th century English castle
  • Museum of Old Domestic Life features artifacts from colonial Quaker homes
  • North Carolina Shakespeare Festival
  • Rosetta C. Baldwin Museum
  • Theatre Art Galleries
  • World's Largest Chest of Drawers
  • Furniture Discovery Center simulates a modern furniture manufacturing facility and includes a variety of exhibits
  • Oak Hollow Festival Park features special events


The High Point City Lake Park provides opportunities for canoeing, fishing and boating. It includes a historic carousel, a train and one of the largest outdoor swimming pools in North Carolina. The Oak Hollow Lake Park & Marina is utilized for fishing, boating and camping. There are a large number of golf courses in the region. The Greenway Trail is popular for walking and bicycle riding. Visitors enjoy participating in group tours of the furniture manufacturer's market showroom building. The Oak Hallow Mall is a well known shopping destination.


The city is served by the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Higher Education

The city is home to High Point University, John Wesley College and Shaw University.


Total Population 108,031
Male Share of the Population 46.9%
Female Share of the Population 53.1%
Senior Citizens 12.6%
Employed Population 16+ 46,757
Age of the Population 36


% of people married 44.1%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 29.7%
Median Earnings25+ $31,300
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,158
Median Earnings With High School Degree $22,569


Median Family Income $51,512
% Above Poverty Level 78.3%
% Below Poverty Level 21.7%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 20 minutes
% Working from Home 4.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.8%
% Using Public Transportation 1.4%


People Living Alone 29.3%
Median Gross Rent $781
Median House Value $142,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 53.5%
US/American 0%
English 6.9%
Irish 6.5%

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

High Point Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Large City 69 miles NE of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Guilford
Metro Area Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point
Standard Zip Codes 27260, 27262, 27263, 27265
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27261, 27264
Phone Area Codes 336
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.955
Longitude -80.005

High Point Climate

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

Distance 2.3 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 50 F
Apr Temp 47 to 72 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 48 to 72 F
Annual Precip 46.1 inches
Distance 10.5 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
Station DANBURY 5 SE
Distance 31.8 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 42 to 70 F
Jul Temp 65 to 88 F
Oct Temp 43 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Allen Jay (27263)

Deep River (27260)

Emerywood (27262)

Freemans Mills (27260)

Glenola (27260)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Archdale 11,396 $63,638
Greensboro 279,427 $53,150
Jamestown 3,638 $86,055
Kernersville 23,617 $67,826
Thomasville 27,084 $39,366
Trinity 6,652 $56,912

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

High Point Public Libraries

High Point Public Library
High Point, North Carolina
(336) 883-3644
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High Point Hospitals

(Voluntary non-profit - Private)
(336) 878-6000
Emergency Service: Yes

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