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About High Point
High Point is a bustling city in North Carolina's Guilford County. It's home to a thriving manufacturing industry and is often called the Home Furnishings Capital of the World. The High Point Market has earned the city national attention, drawing 100,000 buyers and exhibitors from all around the globe.
The History of High Point
In the mid-1800s, the first European settlers arrived in the High Point area. Many of the settlers were Quakers and German immigrants, particularly Pennsylvania Quakers seeking refuge. Manufacturers traditionally chose High Point for its convenient location and proximity to the North Carolina Railroad, which helped fuel a thriving manufacturing industry in High Point.
The first furniture-making company opened in 1889, and furniture manufacturing is still an important part of the local economy. Textiles, woodworking and tobacco were also significant economic contributors to High Point's growth.
Living in High Point
You'll never lack things to do in High Point, whether you enjoy the great outdoors, shopping, arts and culture, history or dining. High Point City Lake Park and Marina is a popular spot for canoeing, fishing and camping and it also features a historic carousel and one of North Carolina's largest outdoor swimming pools.
The Greenway Trail offers walking and cycling paths, and there are a number of local golf courses. Other local attractions include High Point Community Theatre, the Piedmont Environmental Center, the Sechrest Galley and the Theatre Art Galleries. One of High Point's unique landmarks is the World's Largest Chest of Drawers. It stands 36 feet high and is a tribute to the city's past and present role in the furniture industry.
High Point Schools
High Point students attend schools in one of three nearby districts; Davidson County School District in Lexington, Guilford County School District in Greensboro or Randolph County School District in Asheboro. You can also enroll your child in one of the many private and independent schools, including parochial and charter campuses, in High Point.
If you're planning on pursuing higher education in High Point, you'll find that you have several campuses to choose from. Laurel University and Guilford Technical Community College are just two of the post-secondary options.
Resources for Moving to High Point
Here's some handy information to help you prepare for your move to High Point:
- Utilities: The High Point Electric Utilities Department is responsible for providing electricity services in the area. The city also manages water and sewer services.
- Garbage and Recycling: Trash, yard waste and bulky items are collected on the same day, once a week. Your collection day depends on your home's location. Recyclables are picked up every other week.
- Transportation: The High Point Transit System has a number of routes throughout the city, and you can also use PART transit.
High Point Housing
High Point offers a diverse range of affordable properties to appeal to singles, couples and families with a variety of tastes and budgets. You'll find the average home price in High Point to be far lower than the national median. Rent prices are also extremely budget-friendly, and many of the city's apartment communities offer desirable amenities — pools, private gyms and more.