to Alexander County:
is Alexander County's largest town and Taylorsville is the county seat.
Located in the northern Piedmont foothills of the Blue Ridge Mountains,
Alexander County and Taylorsville were established in 1847. The county
is bordered on the south by the Catawba River and on the north by the
Brushy Mountains, one of the oldest mountain chains in the United States.
Alexander County has an area of 259 square miles or 166,000 acres. Taylorsville
is over one and a half square miles. Elevation in Alexander County is 1,246
feet above sea level at the Taylorsville Courthouse. County elevation ranges
from 1,000 feet in the southeast corner to over 2,500 feet in the northwest.
A 2003 estimate lists 34,784 persons in the county with a 3.5% increase from
April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2003. The 2000 population numbered 33,603.
The year round climate provides four lovely seasons. The warmest month of the
year is August, with average temperatures reaching 85 degrees. January
is the coldest month with an average temperature of 42 degrees. Average
annual rainfall is 46 inches and approximately 8 inches for annual snowfall.
Two-thirds of Alexander County is farm land. The average
farm is about 90 acres. Major commodities include poultry, dairy,
tobacco, apples, forestry products, grain crops, and beef cattle
with income at approximately $65 million yearly. Even though Alexander
County is much smaller in area than the adjoining counties it exceeds
three of the four in agricultural income. Alexander County ranks
fourth in the state in poultry, seventh in dairy, fifth in apples,
and twelfth in beef cattle.
Five commercial banks are located in Taylorsville in addition to branch banks
in Hiddenite and Bethlehem.
The county is served by U.S. Highway 64, which is a controlled access roadway
connecting Taylorsville with Lenoir and Statesville. N.C. Highways 16,
90 and 127 also serve the county. Interstates 40 and 77 are just 20 minutes
from the majority of county residents. The Charlotte Douglas International
Airport is an hour's drive from most parts of the county. The area is also
served by the Hickory Regional airport (30 minutes) and the Statesville
Airport (20 minutes).
Alexander Railroad is an active short line rail system operating
between Taylorsville and Statesville and connecting with Norfolk