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Surry County Towns



Dobson is the county seat of Surry County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the town population was 1,457. Dobson is the home of the Shelton Vineyards, the largest winery in North Carolina.


Dobson is located at
36°23′30″N 80°43′16″W / 36.39167°N 80.72111°W / 36.39167; -80.72111.  

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.8 square miles, all of it land.


As of the census of 2000, there were 1,457 people, 555 households, and 339 families residing in the town. The population density was 813.8 people per square mile. There were 594 housing units at an average density of 331.8/sq mi. The racial makeup of the town was 75.84% White, 3.91% African American, 0.41% Native American, 19.42% from other races, and 0.41% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 25.81% of the population.

There were 555 households out of which 29.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.6% were married couples living together, 9.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.9% were non-families. 33.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 18.4% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.37 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.0% under the age of 18, 11.9% from 18 to 24, 29.0% from 25 to 44, 18.9% from 45 to 64, and 17.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 35 years. For every 100 females there were 108.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 100.0 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $26,765, and the median income for a family was $34,792. Males had a median income of $22,050 versus $21,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,346. About 17.8% of families and 23.3% of the population were below the poverty line, including 28.6% of those under age 18 and 22.9% of those age 65 or over.


Dobson was established as the county seat in 1853, replacing Rockford after all land in Surry County south of the Yadkin River was used to form Yadkin County. Dobson was named for prominent Rockford and Surry County citizen William Polk Dobson who was also the cousin of former president, James K. Polk.

Famous residents

Tabitha Ann Holton -- She became the first licensed female lawyer in the Southern United States in 1878. Her brothers, John Holton and Samuel Holton were licensed to practice law by the North Carolina Supreme Court on January 7, 1878, but Tabitha’s admission occurred several days later after the Court heard arguments for and against admitting her to the bar. She practiced law in the town of Dobson, in Surry County, from 1878 to 1886.

Roy H. Park -- Park was a broadcaster and publisher (15 September 1910  October 1993) and an American media executive and entrepreneur. Park was born in Dobson, North Carolina, the son of a tenant farmer. He began writing for two local North Carolina newspapers at the age of 12; although he suffered a severe bout with rheumatic fever at 13, Park graduated from Dobson High School at the age of 15 and followed his brother to North Carolina State University. [Extended info in Bios section.]

Zach Galifianakis -- Zacharius Knight "Zach" Galifianakis; born October 1, 1969, is an American comedian and actor, known for his numerous film and television appearances including his own Comedy Central Presents special. While initially more of an "underground" comedian, he garnered mainstream attention with his role in the successful 2009 comedy film The Hangover.


Dobson, NC links

Official Town of Dobson website
Dobson Police Department
Dobson Fire Department
Dobson Elementary School
Central Middle School
Surry Central High School
Surry Community College


This page was last updated October 10, 2010.

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