Trinity, North Carolina

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Trinity is a city in Randolph County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 6,690 at the 2000 census.



The community was named after Trinity College, which later became Duke University. The "World's Longest Hot Wheels Track" was built at the Kyle Petty Farm in Trinity, North Carolina, on May 9, 1999. Sealy Corporation, the world’s largest manufacturer of bedding products with sales of $1.2 billion in 2003, is headquartered in Trinity, North Carolina. Former baseball player Gil English died in Trinity, North Carolina. Trinity is also home to NASCAR Nextel Cup Series drivers Bobby Labonte and Kyle Petty.

Trinity College, later Duke University, started as Brown's Schoolhouse, a private subscription school founded in 1838. The school was organized by a group of Methodists and Quakers, and in 1841 North Carolina issued a charter for Union Institute Academy. The school took the name Trinity College in 1859, and in 1892, Trinity moved to Durham.


Trinity is located at 35°52′25″N 80°0′37″W / 35.87361°N 80.01028°W / 35.87361; -80.01028 (35.873522, -80.010158)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.0 square miles (44.0 km²), of which, 16.9 square miles (43.8 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.3 km²) of it (0.59%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 6,690 people, 2,638 households, and 2,057 families residing in the city. The population density was 395.9 people per square mile (152.8/km²). There were 2,759 housing units at an average density of 163.3/sq mi (63.0/km²). The racial composition of the city was: 93.05% White, 5.04% Black or African American, 0.91% Hispanic or Latino American, 0.54% Asian American, 0.63% Native American, 0.01% Native Hawaiian or Other Pacific Islander, 0.33% some other race, and 0.40% two or more races.

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