Spring Lake, North Carolina

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Spring Lake is a town in Cumberland County, North Carolina, United States. The 2000 census recorded the population at 8,098 people.[1]

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History

Spring Lake became the name of the town around 1923 by Arthur Priddy who opened the Spring Lake service station in relation to the lake (Spring Lake Pond) that ran beside the rail line. Previously, the town was called "Clayton Cut," due to the pathway cut that ran through the area where the railroad later resided, and also "Prince's Siding," after a man named Prince who owned a sawmill on this land.

Spring Lake was officially incorporated on April 9, 1951. Grady Howard was named interim mayor on this date, and was officially elected the First Mayor of Spring Lake on June 5, 1951.

The modern growth spurt, beginning in World War II is attributed to the proximity of Fort Bragg, North Carolina.

Throughout most of the 20th century, local financial services were provided to citizens of Spring Lake, Fayetteville, and Lumberton by Home Federal Savings and Loan Association. This long-time Fayetteville establishment was purchased by New South Bank in the 1990s, which later became First South Bank.

Geography

Spring Lake is located at 35°10′39″N 78°58′32″W / 35.1775°N 78.97556°W / 35.1775; -78.97556 (35.177593, -78.975501).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.7 square miles (9.6 km²).3.7 square miles (9.5 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.54%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 8,098 people, 3,109 households, and 2,117 families residing in the town. The population density was 2,203.9 people per square mile (851.9/km²). There were 3,623 housing units at an average density of 986.0/sq mi (381.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 51.11% African American, 33.97% White, 0.83% Native American, 3.59% Asian, 0.37% Pacific Islander, 4.88% from other races, and 5.25% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 11.89% of the population.

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