Community Name: FUQUAY-VARINA
Resided Within: WAKE COUNTY
Community Link: http://www.fuquay-varina.org/
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The population was 7,898 at the 2000 census. The town is a 30 minute drive south of Raleigh, the capital of North Carolina. Economically, the town initially grew due to tobacco trade and agriculture, but has seen recent population growth and real estate development due to its proximity to the Research Triangle Park.
Fuquay-Varina began as two communities: Fuquay Springs, a resort near a spring on Stephen Fuquay’s property; and Varina, a ridge near a general store founded by J.D. Ballentine. When Fuquay Springs was incorporated in 1909, the Varina community was subsumed. In 1963, the hyphen was added to acknowledge the historical presence of both settlements.
As of the censusGR2 of 2000, there were 7,898 people, 3,122 households, and 2,126 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,156.0 people per square mile (446.5/km²). There were 3,375 housing units at an average density of 494.0/sq mi (190.8/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 70.63% White, 24.40% African American, 0.41% Native American, 0.48% Asian, 0.02% Pacific Islander, 2.94% from other races, and 1.15% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were at least 7.38% of the population, but because of the amazing growth of the illegal population, probably much more.
There were 3,122 households out of which 36.8% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.8% were married couples living together, 15.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 31.9% were non-families. 26.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.8% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.48 and the average family size was 2.99.
In the town the population was spread out with 27.3% under the age of 18, 8.2% from 18 to 24, 35.2% from 25 to 44, 16.3% from 45 to 64, and 13.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 33 years. For every 100 females there were 89.0 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 84.5 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $42,903, and the median income for a family was $49,531. Males had a median income of $35,497 versus $28,551 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,268. About 9.0% of families and 11.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 15.3% of those under age 18 and 11.5% of those age 65 or over.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.9 square miles (17.8 km²), of which, 6.8 square miles (17.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.44%) is water.