Avon, North Carolina

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Avon, North Carolina
OBX Avon.jpg
Sunset over the northern outskirts of Avon
Dare County North Carolina incorporated and unincorporated areas Avon highlighted.svg
Location in Dare County and the state of North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°21′7″N75°30′39″W / 35.35194°N 75.51083°W / 35.35194; -75.51083 Coordinates: 35°21′7″N75°30′39″W / 35.35194°N 75.51083°W / 35.35194; -75.51083
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Dare
Named for River Avon
Area
  Total2.41 sq mi (6.24 km2)
  Land2.36 sq mi (6.10 km2)
  Water0.05 sq mi (0.14 km2)
Elevation
20 ft (6 m)
Population
 (2010)
  Total776
  Density329/sq mi (127.2/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
  Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
27915
Area code(s) 252
FIPS code 37-02780 [1]
GNIS feature ID1018881 [2]

Avon is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Dare County in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, it had a permanent population of 776. [1]

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Geography

Avon is located on the North Carolina Outer Banks at latitude 35°21'7" North, longitude 75°30'39" West. The village is south of Salvo and north of Buxton on Hatteras Island. The United States Postal Service has assigned Avon the ZIP Code 27915.

According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the Avon CDP has a total area of 2.41 square miles (6.24 km2), of which 2.36 square miles (6.10 km2) is land and 0.05 square miles (0.14 km2), or 2.27%, is water. Avon is bordered to the east by the Atlantic Ocean and to the west by Pamlico Sound.

History

Historically named "Kinnakeet", the village was renamed "Avon" by the U.S. Postal Service when a post office was established there in 1883. [3] The U.S. Life-Saving Service constructed the Little Kinnakeet Life Saving Station in 1874, remaining active, under the Coast Guard from 1915, until decommissioned in 1954. The building is now part of the Cape Hatteras National Seashore. [4]

Government

The residents of Avon are governed by the Dare County Board of Commissioners. Avon is part of District 4, along with Buxton, Frisco, Hatteras, Rodanthe, Waves and Salvo.

Climate

According to the Trewartha climate classification system, Avon, North Carolina has a humid subtropical climate with hot and humid summers, cool winters and year-around precipitation (Cfak). Cfak climates are characterized by all months having an average mean temperature > 32.0 °F (> 0.0 °C), at least eight months with an average mean temperature ≥ 50.0 °F (≥ 10.0 °C), at least one month with an average mean temperature ≥ 71.6 °F (≥ 22.0 °C) and no significant precipitation difference between seasons. During the summer months in Avon, a cooling afternoon sea breeze is present on most days, but episodes of extreme heat and humidity can occur with heat index values ≥ 100 °F (≥ 38 °C). Avon is prone to hurricane strikes, particularly during the Atlantic hurricane season which extends from June 1 through November 30, sharply peaking from late August through September. During the winter months, episodes of cold and wind can occur with wind chill values < 15 °F (< -9 °C). The plant hardiness zone in Avon is 8b with an average annual extreme minimum air temperature of 18.5 °F (-7.5 °C). [5] The average seasonal (Dec-Mar) snowfall total is < 2 inches (< 5 cm), and the average annual peak in nor'easter activity is in February.

Climate data for Avon, NC (1981-2010 Averages)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Average high °F (°C)52.8
(11.6)
54.3
(12.4)
59.1
(15.1)
66.5
(19.2)
73.5
(23.1)
80.7
(27.1)
84.3
(29.1)
84.0
(28.9)
80.2
(26.8)
72.3
(22.4)
64.5
(18.1)
56.7
(13.7)
69.1
(20.6)
Daily mean °F (°C)46.0
(7.8)
47.4
(8.6)
52.2
(11.2)
59.9
(15.5)
67.4
(19.7)
75.4
(24.1)
79.3
(26.3)
78.9
(26.1)
75.0
(23.9)
66.6
(19.2)
58.3
(14.6)
50.1
(10.1)
63.1
(17.3)
Average low °F (°C)39.2
(4.0)
40.5
(4.7)
45.3
(7.4)
53.2
(11.8)
61.3
(16.3)
70.1
(21.2)
74.3
(23.5)
73.8
(23.2)
69.9
(21.1)
60.9
(16.1)
52.2
(11.2)
43.5
(6.4)
57.1
(13.9)
Average precipitation inches (mm)5.00
(127)
3.85
(98)
4.53
(115)
3.72
(94)
3.65
(93)
4.03
(102)
4.94
(125)
6.65
(169)
6.13
(156)
4.93
(125)
4.64
(118)
4.09
(104)
56.16
(1,426)
Average relative humidity (%)71.571.169.770.373.477.079.277.375.271.573.071.773.4
Average dew point °F (°C)37.3
(2.9)
38.5
(3.6)
42.6
(5.9)
50.2
(10.1)
58.6
(14.8)
67.7
(19.8)
72.3
(22.4)
71.2
(21.8)
66.6
(19.2)
57.1
(13.9)
49.7
(9.8)
41.3
(5.2)
54.5
(12.5)
Source: PRISM [6]


Climate data for Cape Hatteras, NC Ocean Water Temperature (11 S Avon)
MonthJanFebMarAprMayJunJulAugSepOctNovDecYear
Daily mean °F (°C)49
(9)
46
(8)
52
(11)
59
(15)
68
(20)
74
(23)
78
(26)
80
(27)
77
(25)
70
(21)
58
(14)
55
(13)
64
(18)
Source: NOAA [7]

Ecology

According to the A. W. Kuchler U.S. potential natural vegetation types, Avon, North Carolina would have a dominant vegetation type of Live oak/Sea Oats Uniola paniculata (90) with a dominant vegetation form of Coastal Prairie (20). [8]

Education

Residents are zoned to Dare County Schools. Zoned schools are Cape Hatteras Elementary School and Cape Hatteras Secondary School. [9]

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References

  1. 1 2 "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Avon CDP, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Archived from the original on February 13, 2020. Retrieved November 24, 2015.
  2. U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Avon, North Carolina
  3. Avon, North Carolina History Archived March 28, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  4. Little Kinnakeet Lifesaving Station: Home to Unsung Heroes Archived May 3, 2006, at the Wayback Machine
  5. "USDA Interactive Plant Hardiness Map". United States Department of Agriculture . Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  6. "PRISM Climate Group, Oregon State University" . Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  7. "Water Temperature Table of All Coastal Regions" . Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  8. "U.S. Potential Natural Vegetation, Original Kuchler Types, v2.0 (Spatially Adjusted to Correct Geometric Distortions)" . Retrieved August 6, 2019.
  9. "Attendance Zone Information". Dare County Schools . Retrieved 2021-04-12. Cape Hatteras Elementary School -- All areas South of the Oregon Inlet Bridge[...]Cape Hatteras Secondary School -- All areas South of the Oregon Inlet BridgeCS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)
Preceded by
Salvo
Beaches of The Outer BanksSucceeded by
Buxton