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Thomasville, NC Facts & Information

Thomasville is a municipality located in Davidson County, North Carolina. Thomasville has a city municipal charter that was granted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1857. Thomasville is located in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina. Thomasville was originally built upon high elevation, surrounded by rolling countryside. It is located in the southeastern part of Davidson County. Thomasville is approximately 15 miles from Greensboro, approximately 10 miles from Lexington, and approximately 5 miles from High Point. The annual climate is considered moderate.

Thomasville History from Founding through the turn of the 20th Century

John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) was the founder of Thomasville. He was married to Mary “Polly” Lambeth Thomas. She was the daughter of Moses Lambeth (1755-1843) and Tabitha Loftin Lambeth (1757-1836). The Lambeth family could trace their lineage in America back to before 1700 in Pennsylvania and had been very economically successful and prominent. This might explain why John Warwick Thomas, at such a young, 22, came to own 384 acres in the Cedar Lodge area of Davidson County around 1822 after marrying Polly Lambeth.

Thomas was a North Carolina House Representative in 1830 and was a North Carolina State Senator by 1848. While serving in the North Carolina General Assembly, he used political influence to have the North Carolina Railroad laid through Davidson County and to cross his land. Thomas was also an investor in the railroad.

Thomas constructed a general store on the corner of present-day West Main Street and Salem Street around when the North Carolina Railroad arrived in Thomasville in 1855. The rail line ran parallel to Main Street in front of his general store. Thomasville’s first post office opened on September 24, 1853. The first postmaster was Julius T. Goldsberry. The new settlement was named “Thomasville” for its founder.

The original settlement was laid out as one square mile. The railroad tracks divided the town into north and south segments. By 1855, there was a steam-powered sawmill in full operation that turned out a great amount of lumber. Three more stores were completed by 1856 to meet the growing town population. The Glen-Anna Female Seminary opened on a ten-acre parcel just outside Thomasville on September 12, 1855. The seminary had two instructors, and the seminary session lasted five months. Thomasville received its town charter in January of 1857 from the North Carolina General Assembly. The population was 308 by the first United States Census of 1860.

Agriculture was the leading economic driver for Thomasville and the surrounding area since its founding through much of the 20th century. The earlier crops that were successful were tobacco, corn, wheat, and oats. Livestock cultivation was also a popular endeavor because of the grasses and clover found in the pastures surrounding Thomasville. Dairy farming was a profitable endeavor as well.

The 1890 United States Census calculated Thomasville’s population at 590. This does not include the population living outside the town limits or on farms. However, Thomasville had grown to a population level to support eleven general stores. The town had one drug store and two hardware stores. This level of retail operations suggests a population within Thomasville and in the surrounding area in excess of 1,000 to support these enterprises.

There was a harness shop in Thomasville in 1891 that outfitted wagons and horses before automobiles became popular or even common. There were three shoemakers in town. The North Carolina Smelting Company was located just outside the town limits to process ore from mines from the area. As of the 1890s, there were two churches, a Baptist and Methodist.

There were two manufacturing businesses within Thomasville. One is a door and window manufacturing companying. The other business is the Thomasville Chair Factory which David Stephen Westmoreland founded in 1877. Mr. Westmoreland began making chairs by hand. He typically made two chairs a day and expanded production from there on a larger scale in a factory he had on Randolph Street that was destroyed by fire in 1897.

Thomasville’s Cramer Furniture Factory was reportedly the second-largest furniture manufacturer in the south in 1901. Thomasville Chair, which eventually became Thomasville Furniture, started in 1904 and became a leading furniture manufacturer shipping their furniture around the country and world.

Thomasville – Some Key Points

  • Thomasville’s population, per the 2020 United States Census, was calculated to be 27,183. Per the 2010 United States Census, Thomasville’s population was calculated to be 26,757. This was a population increase of 1.59% between the 2010 and 2020 United States Census.
  • Thomasville’s first United States Census was taken in 1860, and the population was determined to be only 308. The following 1870 United States Census calculated a population of 214, which was a population decline of 30.52% or precisely -30.52%.
  • Location/Coordinates of Thomasville per Google Earth – Latitude: 35°52′57.52″ N, Longitude: 80°04′55.16″ W
  • For the Google Earth coordinates noted above, Thomasville’s elevation above sea level is 852 feet.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly incorporated Thomasville in January of 1857.
  • In North Carolina, Thomasville is ranked the 41st largest municipality in the state.
  • As of 2012, Thomasville had 2,125 total businesses or firms within the city limits, per the United States Census Bureau.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, as of 2010, the land area of Thomasville was 16.77 square miles.
  • Thomasville’s population per square mile was 1,595.8 per the 2010 United States Census.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, Thomasville’s median household income was $40,648 in 2019 dollars.
  • There were 11,190 households, 2015-2019, within the city limits of Thomasville, per the United States Census Bureau.
  • There were 2.35 persons per household within the city limits of Thomasville (2015-2019) per the United States Census Bureau.
  • The median value of an owner-occupied housing unit within Thomasville was $116,800 per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 81.1% of Thomasville’s population who are 25 years of age or older are high school graduates.   
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 15.2% of Thomasville’s population who are 25 years of age or older hold a bachelor’s degree or have obtained a higher level of education.   

Historical population of Thomasville per the United States Census Bureau

CensusPop.

1860 308

1870 214

1880 450

1890 590

1900 751

1910 3,877

1920 5,676

1930 10,090

1940 11,041

1950 11,154

1960 15,190

1970 15,230

1980 14,144

1990 15,915

2000 19,788

2010 26,757

2020 27,183

thomasville nc


William Douglas Property Management offers HOA Management and Association Management services in Thomasville, NC

Thomasville, NC Facts & Information

Thomasville is a municipality located in Davidson County, North Carolina. Thomasville has a city municipal charter that was granted by the North Carolina General Assembly in 1857. Thomasville is located in the central Piedmont region of North Carolina. Thomasville was originally built upon high elevation, surrounded by rolling countryside. It is located in the southeastern part of Davidson County. Thomasville is approximately 15 miles from Greensboro, approximately 10 miles from Lexington, and approximately 5 miles from High Point. The annual climate is considered moderate.

Thomasville History from Founding through the turn of the 20th Century

John Warwick Thomas (1800-1871) was the founder of Thomasville. He was married to Mary “Polly” Lambeth Thomas. She was the daughter of Moses Lambeth (1755-1843) and Tabitha Loftin Lambeth (1757-1836). The Lambeth family could trace their lineage in America back to before 1700 in Pennsylvania and had been very economically successful and prominent. This might explain why John Warwick Thomas, at such a young, 22, came to own 384 acres in the Cedar Lodge area of Davidson County around 1822 after marrying Polly Lambeth.  

Thomas was a North Carolina House Representative in 1830 and was a North Carolina State Senator by 1848. While serving in the North Carolina General Assembly, he used political influence to have the North Carolina Railroad laid through Davidson County and to cross his land. Thomas was also an investor in the railroad. 

Thomas constructed a general store on the corner of present-day West Main Street and Salem Street around when the North Carolina Railroad arrived in Thomasville in 1855. The rail line ran parallel to Main Street in front of his general store. Thomasville’s first post office opened on September 24, 1853. The first postmaster was Julius T. Goldsberry. The new settlement was named “Thomasville” for its founder. 

The original settlement was laid out as one square mile. The railroad tracks divided the town into north and south segments. By 1855, there was a steam-powered sawmill in full operation that turned out a great amount of lumber. Three more stores were completed by 1856 to meet the growing town population. The Glen-Anna Female Seminary opened on a ten-acre parcel just outside Thomasville on September 12, 1855. The seminary had two instructors, and the seminary session lasted five months. Thomasville received its town charter in January of 1857 from the North Carolina General Assembly. The population was 308 by the first United States Census of 1860. 

Agriculture was the leading economic driver for Thomasville and the surrounding area since its founding through much of the 20th century. The earlier crops that were successful were tobacco, corn, wheat, and oats. Livestock cultivation was also a popular endeavor because of the grasses and clover found in the pastures surrounding Thomasville. Dairy farming was a profitable endeavor as well.

The 1890 United States Census calculated Thomasville’s population at 590. This does not include the population living outside the town limits or on farms. However, Thomasville had grown to a population level to support eleven general stores. The town had one drug store and two hardware stores. This level of retail operations suggests a population within Thomasville and in the surrounding area in excess of 1,000 to support these enterprises.

There was a harness shop in Thomasville in 1891 that outfitted wagons and horses before automobiles became popular or even common. There were three shoemakers in town. The North Carolina Smelting Company was located just outside the town limits to process ore from mines from the area. As of the 1890s, there were two churches, a Baptist and Methodist.  

There were two manufacturing businesses within Thomasville. One is a door and window manufacturing companying. The other business is the Thomasville Chair Factory which David Stephen Westmoreland founded in 1877. Mr. Westmoreland began making chairs by hand. He typically made two chairs a day and expanded production from there on a larger scale in a factory he had on Randolph Street that was destroyed by fire in 1897.  

Thomasville’s Cramer Furniture Factory was reportedly the second-largest furniture manufacturer in the south in 1901. Thomasville Chair, which eventually became Thomasville Furniture, started in 1904 and became a leading furniture manufacturer shipping their furniture around the country and world. 

Thomasville – Some Key Points

  • Thomasville’s population, per the 2020 United States Census, was calculated to be 27,183. Per the 2010 United States Census, Thomasville’s population was calculated to be 26,757. This was a population increase of 1.59% between the 2010 and 2020 United States Census. 
  • Thomasville’s first United States Census was taken in 1860, and the population was determined to be only 308. The following 1870 United States Census calculated a population of 214, which was a population decline of 30.52% or precisely -30.52%. 
  • Location/Coordinates of Thomasville per Google Earth – Latitude: 35°52′57.52″ N, Longitude: 80°04′55.16″ W
  • For the Google Earth coordinates noted above, Thomasville’s elevation above sea level is 852 feet.
  • The North Carolina General Assembly incorporated Thomasville in January of 1857.
  • In North Carolina, Thomasville is ranked the 41st largest municipality in the state.
  • As of 2012, Thomasville had 2,125 total businesses or firms within the city limits, per the United States Census Bureau.  
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, as of 2010, the land area of Thomasville was 16.77 square miles.  
  • Thomasville’s population per square mile was 1,595.8 per the 2010 United States Census.
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019, Thomasville’s median household income was $40,648 in 2019 dollars.
  • There were 11,190 households, 2015-2019, within the city limits of Thomasville, per the United States Census Bureau.
  • There were 2.35 persons per household within the city limits of Thomasville (2015-2019) per the United States Census Bureau.
  • The median value of an owner-occupied housing unit within Thomasville was $116,800 per the United States Census Bureau, 2015-2019.  
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 81.1% of Thomasville’s population who are 25 years of age or older are high school graduates.   
  • Per the United States Census Bureau, 15.2% of Thomasville’s population who are 25 years of age or older hold a bachelor’s degree or have obtained a higher level of education.   

Historical population of Thomasville per the United States Census Bureau

CensusPop.

1860 308

1870 214

1880 450

1890 590

1900 751

1910 3,877

1920 5,676

1930 10,090

1940 11,041

1950 11,154

1960 15,190

1970 15,230

1980 14,144

1990 15,915

2000 19,788

2010 26,757

2020 27,183

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