Introduction to Mount Airy, North Carolina

Mount Airy, North Carolina, in Surry county, is 34 miles NW of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (center to center) and 89 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina. The city is home to some 8,484 residents.

Mount Airy History


Mount Airy was initially incorporated in 1885. In 1889, a large granite quarry was established, followed by a furniture factory a several years later. By 1895, Mount Airy was home to numerous tobacco factories. On July 15, 1976, the community was reincorporated as a city. Mount Airy was the hometown of actor Andy Griffith, and it also served as the filming location for the movie "Cabin Fever".

Mount Airy and Nearby Attractions

  • Reynolds Homestead
  • Pilot Mountain State Park
  • Andy Griffith Museum
  • Mount Airy Museum of Regional History
  • North Carolina Zoo

Things To Do In Mount Airy

The city is home to the Mount Airy Museum of Regional History, and the Andy Griffith Museum. Historic Bethabara Park, the site of the area's first Moravian settlement, now features a museum and a restored 18th century church. Hanging Rock State Park, Pilot Mountain State Park, and Blue Ridge Parkway provide a variety of recreational facilities. Opportunities for golf are available at the Pine Ridge Classic Golf Course. Among other popular destinations in the area are the North Carolina Zoo, the Greensboro Arboretum, and Emerald Pointe Water Park. The community also celebrates the Autumn Leaves Festival, Mayberry Days, Hispanic Culture Festival, and Tommy Jarrell Festival every year.

Mount Airy Transportation

Piedmont Triad International Airport is the closest major airport.

Mount Airy Higher Education

Wake Forest University, Forsyth Technical Community College, and New River Community College are located near the city of Mount Airy.


Total Population 10,391
Male Share of the Population 46.7%
Female Share of the Population 53.3%
Senior Citizens 22.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,402
Age of the Population 46


% of people married 47.8%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 24.9%
Median Earnings25+ $32,550
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $23,661
Median Earnings With High School Degree $29,329


Median Family Income $43,535
% Above Poverty Level 76.9%
% Below Poverty Level 23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 1.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 1.6%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%


People Living Alone 36%
Median Gross Rent $598
Median House Value $130,400


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 24.3%
US/American 0%
English 12.7%
Irish 4.5%

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

Mount Airy Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 34 miles NW of Winston-Salem, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 89 miles N of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Surry
Standard Zip Codes 27030
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27031
Phone Area Codes 336
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 36.499
Longitude -80.607

Mount Airy Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station MOUNT AIRY 2 W
Distance 2.4 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
Distance 20.7 miles
Jan Temp 21 to 40 F
Apr Temp 36 to 62 F
Jul Temp 59 to 81 F
Oct Temp 39 to 63 F
Annual Precip 43.9 inches
Station DANBURY 5 SE
Distance 26.4 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, Mount Airy, its neighborhoods, and/or surrounding areas are also referred to as:

Round Peak (27030)

White Sulphur Springs (27030)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Boonville 1,370 $50,000
Dobson 1,569 $37,857
East Bend 473 $44,531
Elkin 4,217 $45,909
King 6,697 $70,187
Pilot Mountain 1,725 $44,453

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

Mount Airy Hospitals

(Government - Hospital District or Authority)
(336) 719-7000
Emergency Service: Yes

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Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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Student/teacher ratio: 12.3

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