Introduction to Sanford, North Carolina

Sanford, North Carolina, in Lee county, is 31 miles SW of Cary, North Carolina (center to center) and 36 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina.

Sanford History

The present day city of Sanford was named after C.O. Sanford, a railroad civil engineer. Sanford is the county seat of Lee County, which was established in 1907. The town of Jonesboro, another major town of the county, merged with the city in the late 20th century and was renamed as Jonesboro Heights. The Sanford Herald, the city’s newspaper, was first published in 1930.

Sanford and nearby Attractions

  • Tama County Historical Museum and Genealogy Library
  • North Carolina Railroad Museum
  • House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
  • JFK Special Warfare Museum
  • Raven Rock State Park

Things To Do In Sanford

There are several open spaces and parks in Sanford including Depot Park, Deep River Sporting Clays, and SanLee Park. It is also worth visiting the Railroad House Museum. Shopping can be enjoyed at the Kendale Shopping Center, Sanford Mall, and Sanford Shopping Center. The Sanford Municipal Golf Course is an ideal destination for golf lover, and it offers an eye-catching view of Buffalo Creek. It also has a large driving range. Golfers can also visit the Tobacco Road Golf Course.

Sanford Transportation

Flights are available from Moore County Airport.

Sanford Higher Education

Central Carolina Community College is the local college. Higher educational facilities are also offered at Campbell University, Wake Technical Community College, North Carolina Central University, and Meredith College.


Total Population 28,988
Male Share of the Population 48.1%
Female Share of the Population 51.9%
Senior Citizens 12.2%
Employed Population 16+ 11,870
Age of the Population 35


% of people married 41.2%
Average household size 3

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 22.3%
Median Earnings25+ $28,201
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $17,153
Median Earnings With High School Degree $23,599


Median Family Income $53,248
% Above Poverty Level 78.5%
% Below Poverty Level 21.5%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 23 minutes
% Working from Home 1.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.3%


People Living Alone 30.4%
Median Gross Rent $693
Median House Value $135,200


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 54%
US/American 0%
English 8.8%
Irish 6.8%

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

Sanford Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 31 miles SW of Cary, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 36 miles SW of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Lee
Standard Zip Codes 27330, 27332
P.O. Box Zip Codes 27237, 27331
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.479
Longitude -79.18

Sanford Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SANFORD 8 NE
Distance 8.2 miles
Jan Temp 30 to 52 F
Apr Temp 45 to 75 F
Jul Temp 67 to 91 F
Oct Temp 47 to 74 F
Annual Precip 47.5 inches
Station SILER CITY 2 N
Distance 25.5 miles
Jan Temp 29 to 49 F
Apr Temp 46 to 71 F
Jul Temp 67 to 89 F
Oct Temp 47 to 71 F
Annual Precip 48.2 inches
Distance 30.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 49 F
Apr Temp 45 to 71 F
Jul Temp 66 to 89 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 47.6 inches

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Buffalo Lake (27330)

Carbonton (27330)

Colon (27330)

Cumnock (27237)

Haw Branch (27330)

Jonesboro Heights (27330)

Osgood (27330)

Pine View (27330)

Shallowell (27330)

Swan Station (27330)

Tramway (27330)

White Hill (27330)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Broadway 1,242 $57,656
Cameron 287 $38,125
Carthage 2,531 $52,557
Goldston 285 $69,375
Pittsboro 3,992 $63,286
Vass 637 $38,750

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

Sanford Public Libraries

Lee County Library
Sanford, North Carolina
(919) 774-6045

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Sanford Hospitals

(919) 774-2100
Emergency Service: Yes

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Sanford High Schools

(Sorted by Number of Students)

Serves 2,522 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.5

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A Title I School.
Serves 66 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 9.4

A Non-traditional School
Serves 41 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 3.7

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