Introduction to King, North Carolina

King, North Carolina, in Stokes County, is 14 miles NW of Winston-Salem, North Carolina and 77 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is included in the Winston-Salem metropolitan area. As of the year 2000 census, 5,952 people lived in King.

King History

In the 1830s, Charles and Francis King used to live in a cabin in this area. Following the family's relocation to the north, their house served as a reference point or landmark. A post office was established in this area in 1888, and the community was then christened "King's Cabin". However, when the railroad tracks were set up a few years later, the community was renamed "King". This renaming took place on September 26, 1894. The first automobile arrived in King in October, 1911. Soon after, a number of highways were constructed and farmland was turned into subdivisions. King was incorporated on September 13, 1983.

King and nearby Attractions

  • Reynolda House
  • Hanging Rock State Park
  • Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art
  • Emerald Pointe Water Park
  • Greensboro Arboretum

Things To Do In King

Old Salem, a restored 18th century Moravian community, is located near King. Bethabara Park, the Reynolda House and the Southeastern Center for Contemporary Art are some of the other historic sites and museums in the area. Hanging Rock State Park and Pilot Mountain State Park offer canoeing, fishing, picnicking, hiking, rock climbing, swimming and boating opportunities. Tanglewood Park includes Mallard Lake, a manor house and a rose garden. Golfers can enjoy a round at the Stonewall Golf Course. In addition, the community celebrates the Stokes County Fair every September.

King Transportation

Piedmont Triad International is the nearest major airport.

King Higher Education

Wake Forest University, Forsyth Technical Community College and Winston-Salem State University are some of the local colleges and universities.


Total Population 6,697
Male Share of the Population 43.9%
Female Share of the Population 56.1%
Senior Citizens 20.2%
Employed Population 16+ 2,911
Age of the Population 44


% of people married 51.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0


Median Family Income $70,187
% Above Poverty Level 90.9%
% Below Poverty Level 9.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 3.4%
% Walking and Biking to Work 0%
% Using Public Transportation %


People Living Alone 31.3%
Median Gross Rent $683
Median House Value $140,800


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 14.9%
US/American 0%
English 8.1%
Irish 6.7%

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

King Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 14 miles NW of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 77 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Stokes
Metro Area Greensboro - - Winston - Salem - - High Point
Standard Zip Codes 27021
Phone Area Codes 336
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.28
Longitude -80.359

King Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station DANBURY 5 SE
Distance 14.3 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
Station MOUNT AIRY 2 W
Distance 22.2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 46 F
Apr Temp 40 to 68 F
Jul Temp 64 to 86 F
Oct Temp 43 to 70 F
Annual Precip 46.9 inches
Station STUART
Distance 25.2 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 45 F
Apr Temp 43 to 67 F
Jul Temp 64 to 85 F
Oct Temp 45 to 68 F
Annual Precip 51.3 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Bethania 359 $68,750
East Bend 473 $44,531
Pilot Mountain 1,725 $44,453
Rural Hall 3,046 $46,905
Tobaccoville 2,537 $73,080
Walnut Cove 1,751 $49,643

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

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King High Schools

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Serves 1,024 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 16.3

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Serves 57 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 7.1

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