About Sanford

Centered in the heart of North Carolina, Sanford offers residents and visitors a unique blend of small town charm and big city amenities.

Sanford boasts an active, energized downtown with custom boutiques and cafes, as well as plenty of community events and festivals to keep you busy -- but it’s easy to find peace and quiet, too. With day spas, golf courses, and lush natural resources, you’re never more than 10 minutes away from relaxation.
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In keeping with our residents' desires, the City of Sanford aims to provide excellent and efficient services that showcase our city's assets. For more information, contact us at 919-777-1133.

General Facts

 
  • Population: 29,313
  • Land area: 26.79 square miles
  • Average commute to work: 21 minutes
  • Median household income: $42,070
  • Median rent: $680
  • Number of veterans: 1,762
For specific demographic information for Sanford, view the U.S. Census Bureau's QuickFacts.

Tax Rate


  • Sanford 2019 Tax Rate: $0.62 per $100 of assessed value
  • Broadway 2019 Tax Rate: $0.49 per $100 of assessed value
  • Lee County 2019 Tax Rate: $0.795 per $100 of assessed value
Sanford and Broadway residents pay both City and County taxes for real estate and personal property.

More Information


To learn more about visiting Sanford, visit the Sanford Area Growth Alliance's online visitor's guide.