Siler City, North Carolina

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Siler City is a town in Chatham County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,966 at the 2000 census. The town was the retirement home and burial location of Frances Bavier (1902–1989) an American actress, best remembered for her role as Aunt Bee on The Andy Griffith Show, a television sitcom in the 1960s set in the fictional town of Mayberry, North Carolina.



Siler City is located at the center of the state at 35°43′34″N 79°27′47″W / 35.72611°N 79.46306°W / 35.72611; -79.46306 (35.726030, -79.462962)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 4.9 square miles (12.7 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,966 people, 2,386 households, and 1,617 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,418.6 people per square mile (547.8/km²). There were 2,526 housing units at an average density of 514.4/sq mi (198.6/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 50.82% White, 19.67% African American, 0.46% Native American, 0.59% Asian, 0.19% Pacific Islander, 26.51% from other races, and 1.77% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any nationality comprised 39.33% of the population. The community's Hispanic population is projected to reach 52.3% by 2012, which is due partially to illegal immigration and has spurred on both anti- and pro-immigration rallies in the town.[4]

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