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As home to High Point University and known internationally for its semi-annual home furnishing trade show, the city features a diverse mix of residents and neighborhoods. William Douglas Property Management is well versed in the varying needs of High Point residents, from high-end housing developments to condominium and apartment complexes. If your HOA is looking for new management, please contact us today and we will get to work helping your community reach its full potential.

High Point is a city located mainly in Guilford County with portions in Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth counties. High Point is the only city within the state of North Carolina that extends into four separate counties. Interstate 74, Interstate 85, Interstate 85 Business, and Interstate 40 are the major thoroughfares throughout High Point. U.S. Highway 29 and U.S. Highway 70 are thoroughfares in the High Point area. North Carolina Highway 62, North Carolina Highway 66, North Carolina Highway 68, North Carolina Highway 610 are the major state road thoroughfares.

  • The coordinates of High Point per Google Earth – Latitude: 35°57′20.49″N, Longitude: 80°00′19.14″ W
  • Per the 2020 United States Census, the population of High Point was calculated to be 114,059. 
  • Per the 2010 United States Census, the population of High Point was calculated to be 104,371.
  • Per the 1860 United States Census, the first High Point census, the population was calculated to be 525.
  • The city’s name, High Point, originates because the location was the highest point of the North Carolina Railroad between Charlotte and Goldsboro in 1854, where it intersected the 1852 Fayetteville and Great Western Plank Road.
  • The first settlers of European descent to arrive in the future High Point area around the mid-1700s. Many of these earlier settlers were English Quakers and German immigrants.
  • High Point was incorporated In 1859.
  • The land area of High Point is 53.80 square miles per the 2010 United States Census.  
  • High Point’s official motto is “North Carolina’s International City.”
  • High Point Nickname: “Home Furnishing and Hosiery Capital of the World.”
  • High Point’s major industries are furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. 
  • The semi-annual High Point Furniture Market attracts over 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from all over the country and the world.
  • High Point’s major industries are furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. 
  • High Point University is a private liberal arts university with a renowned international reputation. 

The Fayetteville and Great Western Plank Road arrived through the future High Point in 1852. There were 84 charter plank roads constructed in North Carolina. These plank roads totaled over 300 miles and were constructed with state and private funding. Plank roads were constructed of pine and oak boards, between six to eight inches thick. These boards were placed on a roadbed designed to drain then covered crosswise with eight-inch wide and three-inch-thick planks. The planks are then covered with gravel or sand, which would form into a hard, smooth surface. Maintenance of plank roads was ongoing and expensive. 

Constructed between 1849 and 1854 from Fayetteville in Cumberland County to the community of Bethania in Forsyth County, the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road had a major development and economic impact on the region. At completion, the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road was just over 129 miles long. It was in operation for around ten years and ceased to be used during the American Civil War.   

While the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road was a major development and economic driver for the future High Point, nothing compares to the arrival of the North Carolina Railroad two years later, in 1854. The North Carolina Railroad laid rail between Charlotte and Goldsborough (Goldsboro), North Carolina. The city’s name, High Point, derives from the fact that the location was the highest point or elevation of “Line #1” of the North Carolina Railroad, the Charlotte and Goldsboro route.

The meeting of the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road and the North Carolina Railroad’s Charlotte and Goldsboro rail route turned High Point into a transportation center. The transportation center soon turned into a manufacturing center as well. Cotton, lumber, and other agricultural products flowed into and out of High Point.

The railroad arriving in almost any town or city was a major economic driver. The railroad laying a rail line through an area was the origin of many towns and cities in the 1800s and early 1900s in the United States. The early industries in High Point were woodworking, textiles, and tobacco production. In 1889, the High Point furniture factory began operations. 

The furniture industry in North Carolina first developed in High Point. The furniture industry had an unassuming beginning with artisans constructing furniture on a small scale. This small-scale artisan furniture construction had its origin with the early American settlers of North Carolina. Beginning in the 1880s, furniture production began to evolve and develop on a larger manufacturing scale in the High Point area. This was due to low-cost labor and access to hardwood forests. 

The first furniture manufacturing company in North Carolina was the High Point Furniture Manufacturing Company. It was established in 1889. Between 1890 to 1900, 38 new furniture factories opened within North Carolina, and 13 of those were within High Point. In 1894, the Southern Railway established a rail line shipping eight freight cars of furniture each day by 1898. High Point became the leading furniture center in the South by 1900. There were over forty furniture manufacturing companies in High Point and the surrounding area. 

As the furniture manufacturing industry developed in the 20th-century, overcapacity became a problem. Over-production and increased competition reduced profits in the industry, and this was exacerbated by rising labor costs and a lack of experienced workers. The industry was rightsized through bankruptcies and consolidations over the first part of the 20th century.   

Marketing furniture because of its size and other factors, buyers had to visit furniture factories to select the furniture for their stores. To attract furniture buyers, the High Point furniture manufacturers began holding furniture expositions beginning in 1905. A ten-story Southern Furniture Exhibition Building was constructed in 1921 with 249,000 square feet of exposition space. This event became known as the High Point Furniture Market and is held twice a year, in April and October. 

The population growth per the United States Census:

1900 4,163

1910 9,525

1920 14,302

1930 36,745

From 1900 to 1930, the population of High Point increased by 32,582 people. This was due to the increase in furniture production and textile manufacturing. North Carolina was second in furniture production after New York. North Carolina was the leading state for the production of furniture by 1959. 

In the 1980s, High Point became known as the “Furniture Capital of the World.” The 1980s are considered the golden era of North Carolina furniture manufacturing.

However, this all changed in 1993 with the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. This trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, had damaging effects on furniture manufacturing and textile manufacturing. NAFTA began adversely affecting domestic manufacturing almost immediately. Many furniture manufacturing companies in North Carolina have been forced to close or move production offshore to stay competitive since the 1990s.

High Point University is a private liberal arts university founded in 1924. Through its close to one-hundred-year history, the university has achieved a renowned international reputation. The student body is comprised of around 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students. This student body is comprised of students from 46 states and 51 countries. High Point University currently bestows forty-four undergraduate degrees, ten graduate-level degree programs, and one doctorate-level program. The university is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. High Point University is a member of the Big South Conference and is an NCAA Division I school. High Point University in 2013 was ranked 1st among comprehensive universities in the South and in the top 100 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.   

High Point

As home to High Point University and known internationally for its semi-annual home furnishing trade show, the city features a diverse mix of residents and neighborhoods. William Douglas Property Management is well versed in the varying needs of High Point residents, from high-end housing developments to condominium and apartment complexes. If your HOA is looking for new management, please contact us today and we will get to work helping your community reach its full potential.

High Point is a city located mainly in Guilford County with portions in Randolph, Davidson, and Forsyth counties. High Point is the only city within the state of North Carolina that extends into four separate counties. Interstate 74, Interstate 85, Interstate 85 Business, and Interstate 40 are the major thoroughfares throughout High Point. U.S. Highway 29 and U.S. Highway 70 are thoroughfares in the High Point area. North Carolina Highway 62, North Carolina Highway 66, North Carolina Highway 68, North Carolina Highway 610 are the major state road thoroughfares.

  • The coordinates of High Point per Google Earth – Latitude: 35°57′20.49″N, Longitude: 80°00′19.14″ W
  • Per the 2020 United States Census, the population of High Point was calculated to be 114,059. 
  • Per the 2010 United States Census, the population of High Point was calculated to be 104,371.
  • Per the 1860 United States Census, the first High Point census, the population was calculated to be 525.
  • The city’s name, High Point, originates because the location was the highest point of the North Carolina Railroad between Charlotte and Goldsboro in 1854, where it intersected the 1852 Fayetteville and Great Western Plank Road.
  • The first settlers of European descent to arrive in the future High Point area around the mid-1700s. Many of these earlier settlers were English Quakers and German immigrants.
  • High Point was incorporated In 1859.
  • The land area of High Point is 53.80 square miles per the 2010 United States Census.  
  • High Point’s official motto is “North Carolina’s International City.”
  • High Point Nickname: “Home Furnishing and Hosiery Capital of the World.”
  • High Point’s major industries are furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. 
  • The semi-annual High Point Furniture Market attracts over 100,000 exhibitors and buyers from all over the country and the world.
  • High Point’s major industries are furniture, textiles, and bus manufacturing. 
  • High Point University is a private liberal arts university with a renowned international reputation. 

The Fayetteville and Great Western Plank Road arrived through the future High Point in 1852. There were 84 charter plank roads constructed in North Carolina. These plank roads totaled over 300 miles and were constructed with state and private funding. Plank roads were constructed of pine and oak boards, between six to eight inches thick. These boards were placed on a roadbed designed to drain then covered crosswise with eight-inch wide and three-inch-thick planks. The planks are then covered with gravel or sand, which would form into a hard, smooth surface. Maintenance of plank roads was ongoing and expensive. 

Constructed between 1849 and 1854 from Fayetteville in Cumberland County to the community of Bethania in Forsyth County, the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road had a major development and economic impact on the region. At completion, the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road was just over 129 miles long. It was in operation for around ten years and ceased to be used during the American Civil War.   

While the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road was a major development and economic driver for the future High Point, nothing compares to the arrival of the North Carolina Railroad two years later, in 1854. The North Carolina Railroad laid rail between Charlotte and Goldsborough (Goldsboro), North Carolina. The city’s name, High Point, derives from the fact that the location was the highest point or elevation of “Line #1” of the North Carolina Railroad, the Charlotte and Goldsboro route.

The meeting of the Fayetteville & Western Plank Road and the North Carolina Railroad’s Charlotte and Goldsboro rail route turned High Point into a transportation center. The transportation center soon turned into a manufacturing center as well. Cotton, lumber, and other agricultural products flowed into and out of High Point.

The railroad arriving in almost any town or city was a major economic driver. The railroad laying a rail line through an area was the origin of many towns and cities in the 1800s and early 1900s in the United States. The early industries in High Point were woodworking, textiles, and tobacco production. In 1889, the High Point furniture factory began operations. 

The furniture industry in North Carolina first developed in High Point. The furniture industry had an unassuming beginning with artisans constructing furniture on a small scale. This small-scale artisan furniture construction had its origin with the early American settlers of North Carolina. Beginning in the 1880s, furniture production began to evolve and develop on a larger manufacturing scale in the High Point area. This was due to low-cost labor and access to hardwood forests. 

The first furniture manufacturing company in North Carolina was the High Point Furniture Manufacturing Company. It was established in 1889. Between 1890 to 1900, 38 new furniture factories opened within North Carolina, and 13 of those were within High Point. In 1894, the Southern Railway established a rail line shipping eight freight cars of furniture each day by 1898. High Point became the leading furniture center in the South by 1900. There were over forty furniture manufacturing companies in High Point and the surrounding area. 

As the furniture manufacturing industry developed in the 20th-century, overcapacity became a problem. Over-production and increased competition reduced profits in the industry, and this was exacerbated by rising labor costs and a lack of experienced workers. The industry was rightsized through bankruptcies and consolidations over the first part of the 20th century.   

Marketing furniture because of its size and other factors, buyers had to visit furniture factories to select the furniture for their stores. To attract furniture buyers, the High Point furniture manufacturers began holding furniture expositions beginning in 1905. A ten-story Southern Furniture Exhibition Building was constructed in 1921 with 249,000 square feet of exposition space. This event became known as the High Point Furniture Market and is held twice a year, in April and October. 

The population growth per the United States Census:

1900 4,163

1910 9,525

1920 14,302

1930 36,745

From 1900 to 1930, the population of High Point increased by 32,582 people. This was due to the increase in furniture production and textile manufacturing. North Carolina was second in furniture production after New York. North Carolina was the leading state for the production of furniture by 1959. 

In the 1980s, High Point became known as the “Furniture Capital of the World.” The 1980s are considered the golden era of North Carolina furniture manufacturing.

However, this all changed in 1993 with the ratification of the North American Free Trade Agreement or NAFTA. This trade agreement between the United States, Canada, and Mexico, had damaging effects on furniture manufacturing and textile manufacturing. NAFTA began adversely affecting domestic manufacturing almost immediately. Many furniture manufacturing companies in North Carolina have been forced to close or move production offshore to stay competitive since the 1990s.

High Point University is a private liberal arts university founded in 1924. Through its close to one-hundred-year history, the university has achieved a renowned international reputation. The student body is comprised of around 4,400 undergraduate and graduate students. This student body is comprised of students from 46 states and 51 countries. High Point University currently bestows forty-four undergraduate degrees, ten graduate-level degree programs, and one doctorate-level program. The university is accredited by the Commission of Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools. High Point University is a member of the Big South Conference and is an NCAA Division I school. High Point University in 2013 was ranked 1st among comprehensive universities in the South and in the top 100 nationally by U.S. News and World Report.   

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