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Welcome to Sanford ...

The city of Sanford is located in Lee County<1> and is the County Seat for Lee County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Sanford has a population of 30,074 people<2> (see below for details).

We don't have a date for the establishment of Sanford.

Sanford is 370 feet [113 m] above sea level.<3>.

Time Zone: Sanford lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Area codes for Sanford: (919) and (984)<4>

Websites for Sanford ...

Official Website: www.sanfordnc.net/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Sanford had an population of 30,074 people. This is an increase of 7.05% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 29.52% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Sanford had a population of 28,094 people (or 48.55% of the total population of Lee County). This makes Sanford the county's most populous community.

The population of Sanford represents 0.29% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 31st most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 28,094 people, the population of Sanford increased 20.99% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 23,220 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Sanford.

Communities Also Named Sanford ...

Using our Gazetteer, we have found that there are two North Carolina communities named Sanford: This one is located in Lee County and the other is located in Moore County.

Beyond North Carolina, there are 26 communities that are also named Sanford - they are located in Alabama, California, Colorado, Connecticut, Florida (2), Georgia (2), Kansas (3), Maine, Manitoba, Maryland, Michigan, Mississippi, New York (2), Pennsylvania, Quebec, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia and West Virginia.

For more information, see our Tidbits & Trivia Page for Sanford.

Communities near Sanford ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Sanford.

  • Pittsboro [Chatham County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Pittsboro
    • Pittsboro [Chatham County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the north of Sanford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,419 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Pittsboro
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Pittsboro<6>
  • Whispering Pines [Moore County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Whispering Pines
    • Whispering Pines [Moore County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the southwest of Sanford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 3,461 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Whispering Pines have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Whispering Pines
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Whispering Pines<6>
  • Carthage [Moore County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carthage
    • Carthage [Moore County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Sanford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,595 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carthage
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Carthage<6>
  • Broadway [Lee County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Broadway
    • Broadway [Lee County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the east of Sanford
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,295 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Broadway
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Broadway<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Vass [Moore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Vass
      • Vass [Moore County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the south of Sanford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 801 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Vass
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Vass<6>
    • Cameron [Moore County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cameron
      • Cameron [Moore County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Sanford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 352 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Cameron have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cameron
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Cameron<6>
    • Goldston [Chatham County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Goldston
      • Goldston [Chatham County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Sanford
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 305 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Goldston have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Goldston
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Goldston<6>
    • Carolina Trace [Lee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Carolina Trace
      • Carolina Trace [Lee County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the southeast of Sanford
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Carolina Trace
    • Osgood [Lee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Osgood
      • Osgood [Lee County] lies 5 miles [8 km]<5> to the northeast of Sanford
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Osgood
    • Cumnock [Lee County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Cumnock
      • Cumnock [Lee County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the northwest of Sanford
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Cumnock

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Sanford. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Sanford.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Sanford. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Sanford.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Sanford. Our list includes 6 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Sanford.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Sanford ...

Looking for more information about Sanford? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Sanford, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Sanford.

Adding Sanford to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Sanford in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Sanford was on a map titled Map of North Carolina (from Rand McNally, 1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Sanford on our Genealogy Page.

Mentions & References for Sanford

Visit our Community Index for North Carolina

About Lee County

About North Carolina

The official website for Sanford: www.sanfordnc.net/

The official website for Lee County: www.leecountync.com/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Lee, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Sanford.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Sanford - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>Area code (984) is an overlay for area code (919).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Sanford) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Sanford. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from SanfordOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Sanford. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.4794, Longitude: -79.1781    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.




 

 

 

 

 


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