Thomasville is known as Chair City as much as for its furniture-manufacturing industry as it is for the Big Chair that sits in the middle of town.
A small city (just over 20,000 people) in the Piedmont Triad area of North Carolina, Thomasville has long been associated with furniture-making, much like its neighbors High Point and Lexington. Established in the mid-1800s, Thomasville has a few superlatives to call its own. For starters, it's home to Everybody's Day, the state's oldest festival as well as the state's oldest railroad depot.
Moving to Thomasville
As soon as you get to town, the 30-foot Duncan Phyfe armchair is hard to miss. Constructed in 1922 (and reconstructed in 1951), the chair gained a national audience in 1960 when it served as a backdrop for a campaign stop meet-and-greet for then-Presidential candidate Lyndon Johnson. The town's is close proximity to large cities Winston-Salem and Greensboro, as well as smaller nearby cities of High Point and Lexington. Living in Davidson County will afford you more land for your rent, while also reducing your property taxes. It's a win-win!
When you get here, expect to spend a few weeks at least looking for an apartment to rent. You'll need the extra time because Thomasville isn't blessed with a plethora of apartment communities. Expand your search to include rental homes to increase your chances of finding a roof and four walls to call your own. While some research can be done before your move, you'll want to wait until you get to town to make a final decision about a place.
Make sure you can show proof on income, and come prepared to pay at least a few hundred dollars for a security deposit. While rent prices vary, the median rent in Thomasville is just below the state's average, so you can rest easy knowing you won't break the bank.
Neighborhoods in Thomasville
While Thomasville isn't large enough to have many distinct neighborhoods, there are a few that are popular spots for renters.
Erwin Heights:On the northern side of town, Erwin Heights is an okay spot for commuters because it's close to I-85 Business. It's a good mix of renters and homeowners, but most of the apartment offerings are in smaller, older apartment buildings. Rental homes tend to be on the smaller side as well.
Pilot:This is between interstates 85 and 85B, so wherever you need to go, you should be able to get there pretty fast. You can find some larger apartment complexes here, but they're still not going to be brand-spankin' new.
Western Thomasville:Lake Tom-A-Lex sits between Thomasville and Lexington and forms the boundary. This side-off town is convenient if you want to be close to Winston-Salem or Lexington. Most of the properties are owned not rented, but if you consider everything from rental homes to mobile homes, you might just score a winner.
Living in Thomasville
As a smaller city, Thomasville depends on its larger nearby cities for many of its residents' shopping and cultural needs. Luckily, a drive into the city isn't just convenient; it's also expected. Thomasville is an older, established community, so there's not a lot of fancy buildings popping up every day. Most people choose to relocate here for precisely this reason, however. They like the slowed-down pace of life. If you're looking for a place where you can enjoy the simpler things, then Thomasville might be the perfect fit for you too.