Spencer, North Carolina

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Spencer is a town in Rowan County, North Carolina, United States, incorporated in 1905. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 3,355.



The town was named for Samuel Spencer, first president of the Southern Railway, who is credited with establishment of the railroad's mechanical shops in the new town beginning in the 1890s. The shops were sited to be located approximately at the midpoint of the railroad's line between Atlanta, GA and Washington, DC.

The former Spencer Shops were phased out during the 1950s through 1970s and have now become the location of the North Carolina Transportation Museum.


Spencer is located at 35°41′37″N 80°25′55″W / 35.693672°N 80.431906°W / 35.693672; -80.431906.[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.7 square miles (6.9 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,355 people, 1,308 households, and 844 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,264.3 people per square mile (488.8/km2). There were 1,427 housing units at an average density of 537.8/sq mi (207.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 70.28% White, 23.61% African American, 0.36% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.03% Pacific Islander, 3.61% from other races, and 1.64% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.77% of the population.

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