Maiden, North Carolina

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Maiden is a town in Catawba and Lincoln counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. Maiden is also known as "The Biggest Little Football Town in the World". The population was 3,282 at the 2000 census.

The Catawba County portion of Maiden is part of the HickoryLenoirMorganton Metropolitan Statistical Area, while the Lincoln County portion is part of the Lincolnton Micropolitan Statistical Area.

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Geography

Maiden is located at 35°34′44″N 81°12′43″W / 35.57889°N 81.21194°W / 35.57889; -81.21194 (35.578873, -81.211858)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.8 square miles (12.4 km²), of which, 4.7 square miles (12.3 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.84%) is water.

Maiden is home to the Maiden High School Blue Devils and is considered "the biggest little football town in the world". The town of Maiden received a new high school for the 2006-2007 school year. As the construction cost for the school exceeded 33 million dollars, the proposal was widely debated throughout the county. Nevertheless, construction was eventually approved by the Catawba County school board and the Catawba County board of Commissions. Following completion of the new campus, it became apparent that enrollment would need to increase in order to justify the larger size of the school. Therefore, the Maiden school district was expanded to include several hundred more students from Catawba, and Fred T. Foard.

The current mayor is Robert L. Smyre. He was preceded by Zane Hudson. Smyre was also a barber in town for more than 50 years until recently, when he sold his shop.

In 2009, Apple Computer, Inc entered into negotiations with the town of Maiden about the possibility of opening a new plant in the western part of the town. The cost of the plant is projected to be over 10 billion dollars and could potentially create several thousand jobs.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,282 people, 1,187 households, and 848 families residing in the town. The population density was 693.3 people per square mile (267.9/km²). There were 1,258 housing units at an average density of 265.8/sq mi (102.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 80.04% White, 14.72% African American, 0.37% Native American, 0.82% Asian, 0.30% Pacific Islander, 2.71% from other races, and 1.04% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 5.73% of the population.

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