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Welcome to Alexander County:

Taylorsville is Alexander County's largest town and Taylorsville is the county seat. Located in the northern Piedmont foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains, Alexander County and Taylorsville were established in 1847. The county is bordered on the south by the Catawba River and on the north by the Brushy Mountains, one of the oldest mountain chains in the United States.

Area and Altitude:
Alexander County has an area of 259 square miles or 166,000 acres. Taylorsville is over one and a half square miles. Elevation in Alexander County is 1,246 feet above sea level at the Taylorsville Courthouse. County elevation ranges from 1,000 feet in the southeast corner to over 2,500 feet in the northwest.

Population:
A 2003 estimate lists 34,784 persons in the county with a 3.5% increase from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003. The 2000 population numbered 33,603.

Climate:
The year round climate provides four lovely seasons. The warmest month of the year is August, with average temperatures reaching 85 degrees. January is the coldest month with an average temperature of 42 degrees. Average annual rainfall is 46 inches and approximately 8 inches for annual snowfall.

Industry and Agriculture:
Two-thirds of Alexander County is farm land. The average farm is about 90 acres. Major commodities include poultry, dairy, tobacco, apples, forestry products, grain crops, and beef cattle with income at approximately $65 million yearly. Even though Alexander County is much smaller in area than the adjoining counties it exceeds three of the four in agricultural income. Alexander County ranks fourth in the state in poultry, seventh in dairy, fifth in apples, and twelfth in beef cattle.

Financial:
Five commercial banks are located in Taylorsville in addition to branch banks in Hiddenite and Bethlehem.

Transportation:
The county is served by U.S. Highway 64, which is a controlled access roadway connecting Taylorsville with Lenoir and Statesville. N.C. Highways 16, 90 and 127 also serve the county. Interstates 40 and 77 are just 20 minutes from the majority of county residents. The Charlotte Douglas International Airport is an hour's drive from most parts of the county. The area is also served by the Hickory Regional airport (30 minutes) and the Statesville Airport (20 minutes).

The Alexander Railroad is an active short line rail system operating between Taylorsville and Statesville and connecting with Norfolk Southern.

 


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Taylorsville and Alexander County are part of the heavily industrialized Unifour Area which also includes Burke, Caldwell and Catawba counties and has the third highest percentage of manufacturing workers, as a part of the total workforce, of any county in the southeastern United States. Furniture is the predominant product, with the county ranking seventh in the state in furniture production.

US 64 presents one Interchange and 13 Intersections for easy access:

  • Golf Course Lane
  • Polk Street
  • Liledoun Road
  • Happy Plains Road
  • Highway 16 South
    (Interchange)
  • Boston Road
  • Adams Pond Lane
  • Millersville Road
  • Pritchard Lane
  • Old Mountain Road
  • McClain Road
  • Lentz Road
  • Hunter Bridge Road
  • Smith Farm Road

Taylorsville is conveniently located within a comfortable driving distance to:

Hickory-22 miles
Charlotte-60 miles
Winston-Salem-58 miles
Asheville-89 miles

     
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