King, North Carolina
Location of King, North Carolina
|• Mayor||Jack Warren|
|• Total||5.98 sq mi (15.49 km2)|
|• Land||5.93 sq mi (15.35 km2)|
|• Water||0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)|
|Elevation||1,142 ft (348 m)|
| • Estimate |
|• Density||1,157.78/sq mi (447.03/km2)|
|Time zone||UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))|
|• Summer (DST)||UTC-4 (EDT)|
|GNIS feature ID||1021043|
King is a city in Stokes and Forsyth counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,904 at the 2010 census. King is part of the Piedmont Triad metropolitan area, located 15 miles northwest of Winston-Salem.
The city has two large public parks: Recreation Acres and Central Park.
On March 15, 2012 King opened a Sheetz.
In August 2016, King reopened a Lowes Foods as part of the renovation plan that started in 2013, the interior now has the store's concepts and "originals" such as the Chicken Kitchen, Cakery, and the new Pizza & Panini in the Deli.
On August 11, 2020 King opened a Cook-Out.
King is located in southern Stokes County, with parts of the city limits extending south into Forsyth County. U.S. Route 52, a four-lane freeway, passes through the city south and west of the center, with access from Exit 123. Downtown Winston-Salem is 16 miles (26 km) southeast via US 52, and Mount Airy is 21 miles (34 km) to the northwest. Hanging Rock State Park is 16 miles (26 km) to the north.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 5.9 square miles (15.3 km2), of which 5.8 square miles (15.1 km2) is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km2), or 0.93%, is water.
The town was originally called "King's Cabin". Charles and Francis King lived in a cabin owned by Francis's father for a short time in the 1830s. Being Quakers and against slavery, the King family moved to the free North. According to television journalist and historian Chad Tucker's book Images of America, King (2006), after the King family left their home it was used by locals as a landmark or reference point in giving directions. Several decades later when a post office was established in 1888 it was named for that reference point, King's Cabin. The railroad laid tracks a few years later and shortened the name to "King" in its business transactions, and to eliminate confusion the post office followed on September 26, 1894. Charles and Francis King never returned to Stokes County and never knew their former home became the namesake of a town.
According to Tucker, the community grew into an unincorporated town of schools and businesses. With the first automobile arriving by train in October 1911, new highways followed. With new roads, the town's proximity to Winston-Salem, and a new four-lane Highway 52 built in the 1960s, King opened its doors to growth, turning farmland into subdivisions. Community groups acted as an unofficial town council, providing services such as a fire department, water and sewer. On September 13, 1983, King became an incorporated city, 95 years after the King's Cabin post office opened.
- West Stokes High School
|U.S. Decennial Census|
As of the census of 2010, there were 6,904 people, and 2,503 households, residing in the city. The racial makeup of the city was 97.73% White, 2.59% African American, 0.13% Native American, 0.57% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 0.34% from other races, and 0.62% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.05% of the population.
- Kyle Hall, member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Rex L. Baker, former member of the North Carolina General Assembly
- Tom Baker, professional bowler
- Billy J. Boles, retired United States Air Force four-star general
- Sam Gibson, former MLB pitcher
- William C. McGee, former member of the North Carolina General Assembly
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- "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Census Summary File 1 (G001), King city, North Carolina". American FactFinder. U.S. Census Bureau. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved June 27, 2016.
- News, Stokes (2017-03-15). "King Walmart Supercenter opens March 15". The Stokes News. Retrieved 2019-03-14.
- Tucker, Chad. Images of America, King. Charleston, SC: Arcadia Publishing, 2006.
- "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. July 9, 2010.
- "Census of Population and Housing". Census.gov. Retrieved June 4, 2015.
- Gen Billy Joe Boles. Military Hall of Honor. Retrieved Jul 28, 2020.
- Sam Gibson Stats. Baseball-Reference. Retrieved Jul 28, 2020.