City (1990 pop. 32,387), seat of Seminole co., central Fla., on Lake Monroe and the St. Johns River; inc. 1877. It is an agricultural center where citrus fruit and vegetables are processed. Electronic equipment, boats, and clothing are manufactured. Sanford was founded (1871) on the site of a trading post established (1837) near old Fort Mellon.
2 Industrial town (1990 pop. 20,463), York co., SW Maine, on the Mousam River; inc. 1768. Once a textile manufacturing center, Sanford now has diversified industries. The town includes the unincorporated village of Springvale. Nearby ocean beaches attract summer vacationers.
3 City (1990 pop. 14,475), seat of Lee co., central N.C.; inc. 1874. It is a processing center in a rich agricultural region (tobacco, cotton, grain, sweet potatoes, chickens, cattle, and hogs). The city has a large tobacco market and is also a major brick manufacturer.
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