Carolina is the largest city in Lee
County. Also the county seat, Sanford residents relish life in this
friendly southern community with its easy access to a wide range of
amenities. As of the
2000 Census, Sanford reported a total population of 23,220.
Although Sanford is a small town, it supports a progressive
business atmosphere with a diverse economic base. Sanford entrepreneurs have convenient access to Durham,
the resources of the highly respected Research
Triangle Park. With over 1,000 employees each, Lee
County Schools, Static
Control Components and Wyeth
are among Sanford’s largest employers.
Lee County maintains a substantial network of transportation,
providing access to important commercial markets such as Washington,
DC and Atlanta,
Connections to airports, railways and seaports in Norfolk
also add to the vitality of Sanford’s thriving economy.
Sanford’s strategic location in the geographic heart of NC
provides benefits for the residents as well as the business
renowned golf courses and resorts in Pinehurst
Pines are to the south. Sanford
also lies just two hours from the Atlantic
beaches and three hours from the majestic Blue
Opportunities for recreation abound throughout the 24 square
miles of Sanford. Cape
Fear River, Deep
River and Jordan
Lake offer ideal settings for various water sports, including
boating, fishing and water-skiing.
Sanford Family Fun Center, Deep River Sporting Clays and
Shooting School, Gross
Farms Corn Maze and San-Lee
Park are popular local destinations for recreation.
San-Lee Park has historical significance to Sanford
residents, as it was originally the reservoir and water supply for
Other Sanford activities include ballroom
dancing, bowling, dance theater, shopping, and golfing
on one of four courses. In
addition, a delightful walking tour through Sanford features
eighteen historic structures, with a knowledgeable guide regaling
guests with the stories that go along with them.
Sanford boasts a moderate climate with four distinct seasons
to enjoy all the community has to offer.
Sanford affords its students with a competitively progressive
education throughout its twelve public schools and two private
Carolina Community College has an excellent campus in
Sanford. Other fine
higher learning institutes within approximately an hour's drive of
Sanford are Campbell University,
Duke University, Fayetteville
North Carolina Central University,
North Carolina State University
and the University
of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.
Carolina retains the unassuming charm of its early days as a
small railroad town, while taking a progressive track into the
future. Teeming with
endless possibilities, Sanford represents American
living at its finest.
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