) is a city and the county seat
of Person County, North Carolina
. As of the 2000 census
the city of Roxboro has a population of 8,696.
The city is home of Progress Energy's coal power plant, the Roxboro plant is the 10th-largest coal-fired plant in the U.S. and the associated Hyco Lake recreation center. (The water in the lake is warm year-round from its use in cooling the power plant.)
Roxboro is named after a city in Scotland, Roxburgh although spelled differently they are pronounced the same. Prior to the official adoption of the name Roxboro, the community was known as "Mocassin Gap". The city of Roxboro was incorporated on January 9, 1855 and remains the only municipality in Person County.
Roxboro is located at (36.391690, -78.981877).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.3 square miles (16.3 km²), of which, 6.3 square miles (16.2 km²) of it is land and 0.16% is water.
Roxboro has a moderate subtropical climate, with moderate weather in the spring, fall, and winter. However, summers can be hot and humid. Winter temperatures generally range from highs in the low 50s°F (10-13 °C) to lows in the upper 20s-mid 30s°F (-2 to 2 °C), though 60 °F degree weather is not uncommon. Spring and fall days are usually in the low to mid 70s°F (low 20s°C), with nights in the 50s°F (10-14 °C). Summer days are often in the upper 80s and low 90s °F (30-35 °C,) with very high humidity. The rainiest months are July and August.
Roxboro receives an average of 8.8" of snow per winter. Freezing rain and sleet occur most winters, and occasionally the area experiences a major, damaging ice storm. Roxboro is often dubbed the unofficial "Snow Capital of the Triangle" due to TV news crews from Raleigh descending upon the city any time the weather forecast calls for frozen precipitation in north central North Carolina.
Law & Government
Tom Brown, Mayor of Roxboro
Merilyn Newell, Mayor Pro-Tem
Sam Spencer, City Council
Henry Daniel, City Council
Sandy Stigall, City Council
Mark Phillips, City Council
In 2005, 0 murders or non-negligent manslaughters were reported within city limits, per the Federal Bureau of Investigation's Uniform Crime Reports.
Person County is home to two industrial parks: Person County Business and Industrial Center Park (PCBIC) located on Durham Road (US 501)
and North Park located north of Roxboro on North Park Drive.
Roxboro industries include electrical, textile, manufacturing, aerodynamics, administrative, winery, brokering, food processing, automotive, tobacco agriculture, aluminum and paper products. Roxboro is also adjacent to North Carolina's Research Triangle region, home to numerous high-tech companies and enterprises.
The following companies are based in or operated in Roxboro:
As of the census
of 2000 there were 8,696 people, 3,666 households, and 2,243 families residing in the city. The population density
was 1,387.2 people per square mile (535.5/km²). There were 3,954 housing units at an average density of 630.8/sq mi (243.5/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 50.08% White
, 45.40% African American
, 0.57% Native American
, 0.24% Asian
, 0.02% Pacific Islander
, 2.59% from other races
, and 1.09% from two or more races. Hispanic
of any race were 3.78% of the population. (This reporting does not take into account the massive annual influx of Hispanic migrant labor.)
There were 3,666 households out of which 28.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 35.2% were married couples living together, 22.0% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.8% were non-families. 33.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 15.2% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.30 and the average family size was 2.89.
In the city the population was spread out with 23.7% under the age of 18, 8.4% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 38 years. For every 100 females there were 81.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 77.8 males.
The median income for a household in the city was $31,518 and the median income for a family was $37,159. Males had a median income of $27,741 versus $23,245 for females. The per capita income for the city was $17,824. About 13.4% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 21.6% of those under age 18 and 14.5% of those age 65 or over.
- Piedmont Community College with branches in Person County and neighboring Caswell County, offers associate degrees, technical training programs, and college credit which is transferable to local state supported colleges/universities.
Person County School System
Public education is provided by the Person County School System
and administers a single unified school district with a K-12 program.
- Early Intervention & Family Services
State Sponsored Charter schools
The State of North Carolina also provides for a certain number of charter schools. These schools are administered separately from the Person County School System. Roxboro has 2 charter schools:
- Bethel Hill Charter School, a public school exempt from the state's public school system that offers young kids an alternative for grades K-6.
- Roxboro Community School, an alternative to the state public school system located in uptown Roxboro. The school is housed in a renovated cotton mill and opened for the 2006-2007 school year. After all grade levels are phased in the school will be open for grades 6-12.
- Person County Museum - The museum complex includes the Kitchin House, the Male Academy/Parsonage, Woodsdale General Store, Dr. John H. Merritt's office, a tobacco barn, and the Van Hook Subscription School, which is believed to be the oldest in the state. Exhibit featuring athletic exploits of Roxboro's own Enos Slaughter to Person County's connection with the Titanic in uptown Roxboro.
- Palace Pointe- A multi-entertainment complex featuring 8-movie screens with stadium seating, 20-bowling lanes with cosmic bowling, a roller skating rink, arcade room, diner, billiards room, private rooms for parties and meeting functions.
- Roxboro Motorsports Dragway- An IHRA sanctioned, 1/8 mile concrete dragstrip opened in 1960. Car, truck and bike festivals are the norm during the spring, summer and fall.
- Apple Chill - Held in the spring each year at the Roxboro Motorsports Dragway. Past celebrity headliners included Ludacris and many more.
- Personality - The two-day festival is held early in September and brings thousands to uptown. Enjoy street dancing, games, music, booths, food and rides.
- Lake Mayo Canoe/Kayak Festival - This one-day event is fun for paddlers and spectators alike. Celebrated each spring on beautiful Lake Mayo.
- Willow Oak Blue Grass Festival - Held in June and September of each year, this beautiful park setting is the home of top national, regional and local blue grass bands. Shaded camping, food and concessions.
- Kirby Civic Auditorium - Great entertainment in this beautifully restored historic movie house in uptown Roxboro features live theater, dance, and top-name concerts. Past and future headliners include Branford Marsalis, Doc Watson, the Embers and Mike Cross with year-round local productions. Total seating capacity - 1028.
- Roxboro Little Theater - Producing quality stage entertainment for over 30 years. Through the immense talents of both local and regional thespians, RLT boasts such productions as "The Wizard of OZ", "Steel Magnolias", "The Sound of Music", "Oliver" and many more.
- Merritt Commons Pavilion - Host local music acts and stage plays in uptown Roxboro.
Parks and recreation
Person County Parks and Recreation Department offers a wide variety of leisure services throughout the county providing a variety of recreational opportunities including playgrounds, walking tracks, picnic shelters, basketball courts, golf course, putt-putt, bicycling, fishing, swimming, tennis courts, ball fields, volleyball courts, hiking trails, horseshoe pits and restroom facilities at more than 14 sites: more than of park land.
- Hyco Lake
- Mayo Lake
- Huck Sansbury Recreation Complex
- Allensville Park
- Bushy Fork Park
- Hurdle Mills Park
- Longhurst Park
- Mayo Park
- Mt. Tirzah Park
- Olive Hill Park
- Rock Sportsplex - Features a 18-hole putt–putt course and lighted driving range
- Roxboro Country Club- 18-hole golf course
- Piedmont Community College Nature Trail - A system of seven trails with an observatory. Total distance is 12,741 feet (2.4 miles).
Roxboro Commons, Roxboro Square, Person Plaza, Madison Corners, Market Place, Westfield Plaza and many more.
Roads & Highways
- Person Area Transit System (PATS) operates bus routes within Roxboro.
Local Print Media
Newspaper and periodical that serve the Roxboro and surrounding area:
Roxboro is also the city of license for two radio stations:
- 96.7 FM WKRX Country ("Kickin Country")
- 1430 AM WRXO Country ("Oldies 1430")
Other nearby stations
- W281AE 104.1 FM (.01 kW translator of Liberty University's WRVL-FM, Lynchburg, VA)
Roxboro is the home of a local cable-access television station:
- Robert L. Blackwell, Medal of Honor recipient from World War I
- Margie Bowes, American Country Music singer
- Carl Long, NASCAR driver
- Tom Long, CEO and President of SABMiller Brewing Company
- Dolley Madison, former First Lady of the United States
- Wendy Palmer, professional basketball player (WNBA)
- Enos Slaughter, aka "Country", St. Louis Cardinals baseball player
- Jim Thorpe (golfer), Champions Tour professional golfer
- Oscar Scott Woody, sea post clerk aboard Titanic, the city's post office was dedicated in his honor.