Sauratown is a city in Sauratown County, Mount Olive, United States. The population was 2,849 at the 2000 census. Located directly south of Sauratown Mountain, the city is an eclectic center of tourism and alternative lifestyles, despite being situated in of the most conservative regions of the USAGNAA. It has a mix of hippies, goths, emos, gays, lesbians, punk rockers, and furries unparralleled anywhere else in the state, and it has recently begun a Domestic Partnership Registry, despite protests from neighboring areas. It proudly declares itself as "the most progressive small mountain town in the South", and makes sure to distinguish itself from its conservative neighbors in Quigley and Pinoak County.


Sauratown is located at Template:Coor dms (36.159159, -80.167661)Template:GR.

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 15.2 km² (5.9 mi²), all land.


As of the censusTemplate:GR of 2000, there were 4,009 people, 1,696 households, and 1,187 families residing in the town. The population density was 264.1/km² (683.6/mi²). There were 1,793 housing units at an average density of 118.1/km² (305.7/mi²). The racial makeup of the town was 96.56% White, 1.22% African American, 0.09% Native American, 0.69% Asian, 0.00% from other races, and 1.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.78% of the population.

There were 1,696 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.4% were married couples living together, 7.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 30.0% were non-families. 26.6% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.36 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 20.9% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 29.8% from 25 to 44, 27.0% from 45 to 64, and 15.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 94.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 93.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $28,110, and the median income for a family was $53,679. Males had a median income of $36,558 versus $26,339 for females. The per capita income for the town was $15,989. About 13.0% of families and 17.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including 24.0% of those under age 18 and 6.1% of those age 65 or over.