Fayetteville, NC, City and Higher Education Info

Fayetteville is a city in central North Carolina with a strong military presence. It is home to several colleges, divinity schools and universities. Find out more about its population, industries and colleges below.

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Information about Fayetteville

Hailed as the site where Babe Ruth hit his first professional home run, Fayetteville, North Carolina, is located about an hour south of Raleigh. The total population is just about 203,948, as of 2014 estimates from the U.S. census, making it the sixth-largest city in the state. A large portion of the population consists of the 50,000 military personnel who live in the area and work at Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. Fayetteville's appeal is largely centered on its small-town atmosphere, mild climate and well-established employers.

Many residents of Fayetteville spend their free time playing sports and pursuing other outdoor activities. Numerous golf courses can be found within an hour's drive of the city, while miniature golf fans might be interested to know that the nation's first miniature golf course was built in Fayetteville. Fayetteville also boasts a coliseum, the Cumberland County Crown Coliseum, where sporting events and theater productions are held. The weather in Fayetteville is mild. Average lows in January are in the low 30s, while average highs in July get into the upper 90s.

Higher Education in Fayetteville

Fayetteville has a few colleges and schools, with one of the largest institutions of higher learning being Fayetteville Technical Community College, which had about 12,000 students as of Fall 2014. Fayetteville State University had about 6,000 students.

At Fayetteville Technical Community College, students can find a number of career-based programs in business, computer technology, engineering and health. The school awards certificates, diplomas and associate's degrees. In addition to bachelor's degrees, Fayetteville State University confers master's degrees in more than 20 disciplines and awards a doctoral degree in educational leadership.

The city's other schools include Grace College of Divinity, Carolina College of Biblical Studies and Methodist University. Colleges and universities in a 25-mile radius of the city include Campbell University and Heritage Bible College.

Employment and Economic Facts

Health care is the largest sector in Fayetteville's economy, with tens of thousands of workers employed in the area's hospitals, clinics and doctor's offices. Other major economic engines include services, retail trade and recreation. Fort Bragg and Pope Air Force Base are both located near the city and provide significant employment for the surrounding area. The largest private-sector employers in Fayetteville include Goodyear Tire Company and Purolator, a producer of automotive filters. The school district and Cape Fear Valley Health System are also both significant presences in the city in terms of employment opportunities.

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