Salisbury is a city in Rowan County in North Carolina, a state of the United States of America. It is the county seat of Rowan County. Salisbury is the home to famed North Carolina soft drink, Cheerwine, and the regional supermarket Food Lion. Salisbury is the birthplace of former US Senator Elizabeth Dole, financier and philanthropist Julian H. Robertson and retired NBA player Bobby Jackson. According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 17.8 square miles (46 sq.km), all of it land.