Introduction to Siler City, North Carolina

Siler City, North Carolina, in Chatham county, is 30 miles SE of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center) and 46 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is part of the surrounding Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill metro area and is home to some 6,966 residents.

Siler City History

Siler Cit, which was first settled in the 1750s, was incorporated as a town on March 7, 1887. The town is located in Chatham County, which was created in 1771. The county, which was originally part of Orange County, was named in honor of the 1st Earl of Chatham. The first settlers of the county were English Quakers. Siler City is also the hometown of Frances Bavier, an American actress well known for her role as Aunt Bee in "The Andy Griffith Show".

Siler City and Nearby Attractions

  • Richard Petty Museum
  • Jordan Lake State Recreation Area
  • North Carolina Pottery Center
  • House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site
  • Eno River State Park
  • North Carolina Zoo

Things To Do In Siler City

Siler City offers easy access to popular attractions in the area like the North Carolina Zoo and the Greensboro Arboretum. The Richard Petty Museum, and House in the Horseshoe State Historic Site have exhibits which showcase the historical and cultural background of the area. The North Carolina Pottery Center displays the arts and crafts of the prehistoric Native Americans. The Emerald Pointe Water Park, Jordan Lake State Recreation Area, and Eno River State Park offer facilities for the enjoyment of various activities like hiking, picnicking, swimming, boating, and fishing.

Siler City Transportation

Air transportation is available from the Piedmont Triad International Airport.

Siler City Higher Education

Colleges close to Siler City are Central Carolina Community College, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, and Elon College.


Total Population
Male Share of the Population
Female Share of the Population
Senior Citizens
Employed Population 16+
Age of the Population


% of people married
Average household size

Education and Earnings

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


Median Family Income
% Above Poverty Level
% Below Poverty Level

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time
% Working from Home
% Walking and Biking to Work
% Using Public Transportation


People Living Alone
Median Gross Rent
Median House Value


Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)

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

Siler City Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 30 miles SE of Greensboro, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 46 miles W of Raleigh, North Carolina
County Chatham
Metro Area Raleigh - Durham - Chapel Hill
Standard Zip Codes 27344
Phone Area Codes 919
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.723
Longitude -79.462

Siler City Climate

Nearest Weather Stations


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

Station SILER CITY 2 N
Distance 3 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 23.8 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
Station SANFORD 8 NE
Distance 26.7 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

Neighborhood and Nearby Area Names

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

Silk Hope (27344)

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

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Franklinville 1,064 $30,403
Goldston 285 $69,375
Liberty 2,674 $50,804
Ramseur 1,926 $32,708
Staley 363 $37,500
Swepsonville 1,275 $74,531

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

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Siler City High Schools

Serves 675 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 14.7

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