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City Summary - Fayetteville, North Carolina
Fayetteville, North Carolina is the seat of Cumberland County located approximately 55 miles southwest of Raleigh. The city includes both the U.S. Army's Ford Bragg and Pope Air Force Base. The city has won the All-America City Award from the National Civic League three times, a testament to its community spirit and civic activism. Its most recent win occurred in 2011. The city has more than 200,000 residents, approximately 45.2 percent of which are white. African Americans comprise the largest minority with 39.4 percent of the population. The median age for Fayetteville's residents is 31.9, well below the statewide rate of 35.3.

Healthcare accounts for 15.6 percent of all jobs in Fayetteville, making it the largest industry in the city. The Cape Fear Valley Health System is one of the biggest employers. The military bases provide a strong foundation for the city's economy, adding $4.5 billion in revenue to Fayetteville's businesses annually. The bases are also some of the largest employers for civilians in the city. The manufacturing sector in the city includes a Good Year Tire Company plant. Purlator Facet, a producer of oil and air filters, also has facilities in Fayetteville.

Education ranks as a close second to the healthcare industry in terms of size, employing 15.5 percent of Fayetteville's residents. The 78th largest public school system in the United States, Cumberland County Schools serves the city, operating 54 elementary, 15 middle and 13 high schools. Included in the district, Cape Fear High School and Jack Britt High School received bronze medals from the "Best High School" rankings from "U.S. News and World Report" in 2011. Some of the postsecondary educational institutions in Fayetteville are Fayetteville State University, Methodist University, Fayetteville Technical Community College, Grace College of Divinity and Carolina Bible College.

Fayetteville has more than a dozen community parks and 20 golf courses in its surrounding area. The Parks and Recreation Department offers numerous activities for children, including athletic leagues and summer camps. Therapeutic and social activities for seniors are also sponsored by the department. The city is home to the Fayetteville FireAntz ice hockey and Fayetteville Guard indoor football team and also has home game sporting events for the Fayetteville Swampdogs teams.

For cultural activities, residents can attend a variety of performances at the Crown Coliseum, the Cameo Art House Theatre and the Cape Fear Regional Theater. The city also has several museums and public gardens, such as the Fayetteville Area Transportation Museum, the Fayetteville Museum of Art and Cape Fear Botanical Garden.
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