Sanford, the largest town in Lee County, North Carolina (Population in July 2008: 29,284), is located in the center of the state. It is convenient to Raleigh, Research Triangle Park (RTP), Fayetteville and Fort Bragg. It’s a three hour drive to the Appalachian Mountains and a two hour drive to the Atlantic Ocean beaches. Sanford is within one-hour driving distances to four major universities: North Carolina State, North Carolina, Duke and Wake Forest. And, Sanford is home to Central Carolina Community College.
The Sanford area is famous for its pottery, and there are many studios open to the public. The city is also close to the Jordan Lake State Recreation area, a large state park with swimming, boating, fishing, camping and hunting opportunities. Visit www.ncparks.gov for more information on this and other state parks.
Weather and Climate
Sanford, like all of North Carolina, experiences a mild climate year round with four distinct seasons and no extreme weather. Precipitation averages 3-4 inches per month, mostly in the form of rain. Sanford doesn’t receive a great deal of snow, but freezing rain and ice are a winter concern.
Generally, the weather allows residents to use local recreational lakes for swimming and water skiing from early May to late September. Golfers also find they can often get in one or two games of golf even in the harshest winter months when we will have a day or two of balmy weather. The information below is provided by the State Climate Office, based at North Carolina State University.
Average Highs: The average highs range from 49 degrees in January to 71 degrees in April to 88 degrees in August and 53 degrees in December.
Average Lows: The average lows range from 29 degrees in January to 46 degrees in April to 67 degrees in July to 32 degrees in December.
Monthly Precipitation: Monthly precipitation varies widely. The four wettest months, based on the records, are: July, May, January and March. So the wet weather moves around a bit. However, October through December tend to be the driest period.
Snow and Ice: Most states south of Virginia are prone to have more ice incidents than snowfall, but serious ice storms causing major power outages are rare. We typically have at least some minor snowfall each year, but some years may include one or two major accumulations of six inches or more. View more information on North Carolina’s climate.
Hospitals and Clinics
Central Carolina Hospital
Chatham Hospital Inc (about 19 miles away in Siler City, NC.)
FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital (about 23 miles away in Pinehurst, NC.)
Betsy Johnson Memorial Hospital (about 30 miles in Dunn, NC.)
Cary, NC – 29.7 miles away, population 94,536.
Raleigh, NC – 38.1 miles away, population 276,093.
Philadelphia, PA – 382.6 miles away, pop. 1,517,550.
College in Sanford
Central Carolina Community College (Public; Full-time enrollment: 2,400; Location: 1105 Kelly Dr.)
Other Colleges/Universities with Over 2000 Students Near Sanford
Campbell University Inc. (about 26 miles; Buies Creek, NC; Full-time enrollment: 5,286)
Fayetteville Technical Community College (about 31 miles; Fayetteville, NC; Full-time enrollment: 4,815)
Wake Technical Community College (about 34 miles; Raleigh, NC; Full-time enrollment: 4,754)
Meredith College (about 36 miles; Raleigh, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,173)
North Carolina Central University (about 36 miles; Durham, NC; Full-time enrollment: 4,487)
Fayetteville State University (about 37 miles; Fayetteville, NC; Full-time enrollment: 3,506)
Shaw University (about 37 miles; Raleigh, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,299)
Public High Schools in Sanford
Lee County High (Location: 1708 Nash Street; Grades: 9 - 12)
Provisions Academy (Location: 488 Commerce Lane; Grades: 6 - 12)
Southern Lee High (Location: 2301 Tramway Road; Grades: 9 - 12)
Private High Schools in Sanford
Lee Christian School (Students: 374; Location: 3220 Keller Andrews Road; Grades: PK - 12)
Grace Christian School (Students: 319; Location: 2601 Jefferson Davis Highway; Grades: PK - 12)
Public Elementary/Middle Schools in Sanford
J R Ingram Jr Elem (Location: 3309 Wicker St; Grades: 0K - 5)
J Glenn Edwards Elem (Location: 3115 Cemetery Rd; Grades: 0K - 5)
Benjamin T Bullock (Location: 1410 McNeill Road; Grades: PK - 5)
Tramway Elem (Location: 360 Center Church Road; Grades: 0K - 5)
Highland Elementary (Location: 1915 Buffalo Lake Road; Grades: 0K - 5)
East Lee Middle (Location: 1337 Broadway Rd; Grades: 6 - 8)
Bragg Street Academy (Location: 504 Bragg Street; Grades: 7 - 11)
West Lee Middle (Location: 3301 Wicker St; Grades: 6 - 8)
Greenwood Elementary (Location: 1127 Greenwood Rd; Grades: 0K - 5)
Deep River Elem (Location: 4000 Deep River Rd; Grades: 0K - 5)
Private Elementary/Middle Schools in Sanford
Maranatha Baptist Academy (Students: 37; Location: 3110 Cameron Drive; Grades: PK - 11)
The Montessori School of Sanford (Students: 14; Location: P.O. Box 1471; Grades: KG - 3)
Accommodations and Travel Information
Holiday Inn Express Hotels & Suites Sanford - www.ichotelsgroup.com - (877) 863-4780
Hampton Inn-Sanford - www.hamptoninn.com - (919) 775-2000
Jameson Inn - www.jameson.com - (919) 708-7400
Days Inn Sanford - www.daysinn.com - (919) 776-3150
Quality Inn - www.qualityinn.com - (919) 774-7018
Econo Lodge - www.econolodge.com - (919) 774-3533
Holiday Inn Express-Sanford - maps.google.com - (919) 776-6600
Palomino Motel - www.palomino.com - (919) 774-6600
Carolina Trace Gate Property - www.carolinatrace.com - (919) 499-5103
Budget Inn - www.budgetinn.com - (919) 775-2814)
Dining in Sanford
Bella 133 S Steele St, Sanford, NC - (919) 777-9963
Mrs Lacy's Magnolia House 405 Carthage St, Sanford, NC - (919) 777-6787
Local Joe's Tap & Grill 135 S Steele St, Sanford, NC - (919) 708-5957
San Felipe Mexican Restaurant 1706 S Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC - (919) 777-2741
El Rancho Restaurant 103 Wicker St, Sanford, NC - (919) 777-0930
El Azteca Mexican Restaurant 1221 N Horner Blvd, Sanford, NC - (919) 775-5757
La Dolce Vita Pizzeria 143 Charlotte Ave, Sanford, NC - (919) 777-5277
Jim's Restaurant 1600 Tramway Rd, Sanford, NC - (919) 775-1006