Location, Location, Location
If, as they say, location is everything, then the Alamance-Burlington School System is very fortunate. Our county is located midway between the peaceful Blue Ridge mountains and the beautiful beaches of the Atlantic. The Interstate 85/40 corridor enables easy access to these recreational areas as well as to major colleges and universities, medical centers, and shopping areas. The county has a population of approximately 130, 800. The largest city is Burlington with 44,917 and the county seat is Graham with 12,833.
Whether your game is ACC basketball, NFL football, NHL Hockey, or AAA baseball, Alamance County puts you at the doorway to the action. If you prefer to participate in sports, our county is rich in opportunities. There are nine public golf courses spread throughout the county. The Burlington Recreation and Parks Department has recently opened new tennis and year-round aquatic facilities which are among the best in the state. There are a number of municipal parks and hiking trails, and a large rural park with hiking and horseback trails. The county also has four lakes with picnicking, fishing and boating facilities, and the Haw River a challenge for canoeists and kayakers. Burlington has a nationwide reputation for softball, and often hosts national tournaments. Local recreation and parks divisions offer outstanding athletic programs for young people.
Colleges and Universities
If you're interested in completing an advanced degree or just taking additional courses, there are a number of major colleges and universities within thirty minutes commuting distance. Most of them offer night and weekend classes, as well as summer programs. Elon University, located in the town of Elon, adjacent to Burlington, is a liberal arts college with a graduate program in education. Many of our teachers commute to UNC-Chapel Hill, Duke, UNC-Greensboro, North Carolina A & T, North Carolina Central University, and other nearby colleges for graduate work.
Proximity to surrounding universities means access to Broadway without the bucks. Both Duke and the University of North Carolina have Broadway preview programs. North Carolina has a new live entertainment theater like no other. Specifically designed to present the biggest shows on tour, DPAC, the Durham Performing Arts Center puts you close to the stage and allows you to experience live performances in an entirely new way. Elon University's Master Artist Series brings nationally acclaimed artists in dance, drama, and music to the campus. Burlington has an active community theater group and the Alamance County Arts Council hosts exhibits of local, regional, and national artists in the Firehouse Gallery.
Burlington has been called "The Outlet Capital of the South". Tanger Outlets contains over 100 stores and attracts visitors from up and down the East Coast. With outlet shopping savings up to 75%, Alamance County is known as a "shoppers paradise". The county has a number of other shopping centers which enable residents to fill their needs whether they're looking for discount or couture.
Climate and People
We're in the sunbelt, so we enjoy a mild climate,but there are still four distinct seasons. The average rainfall is 50 inches per year, and the average snowfall is 7 inches per year. There is hardly anything more beautiful than Alamance County dogwoods and azaleas in the spring. You'll find the people in Alamance to be warm and friendly, culturally diverse, and welcoming. Each community in our county has its individual attraction. Whether you're looking for urban or rural, simple or sophisticated, Alamance county offers hometown hospitality.