Grandfather, North Carolina

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Population in 2014: 25 (0% urban, 100% rural). Population change since 2000: -65.8%
Males: 10  (40.3%)
Females: 15  (59.7%)
Median resident age:  66.0 years
North Carolina median age:  38.4 years

Zip code: 28646

Estimated median household income in 2015: $76,539 (it was $53,125 in 2000)
Grandfather:

$76,539
NC:

$47,830

Estimated per capita income in 2015: $87,831 (it was $44,706 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2015: $904,374 (it was $791,700 in 2000)
Grandfather:

$904,374
NC:

$160,100

Mean prices in 2015: All housing units: $223,106; Detached houses: $271,342; Townhouses or other attached units: $345,657; In 2-unit structures: $341,069; In 3-to-4-unit structures: $188,741; In 5-or-more-unit structures: $175,239; Mobile homes: $64,905; Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $9,305
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Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Grandfather: 87.9 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
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Ancestries: Irish (30.6%), English (27.8%), German (8.3%), Scotch-Irish (8.3%), Scottish (8.3%), Danish (5.6%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 3920 feet

Land area: 1.50 square miles.

Population density: 17 people per square mile   (very low).

Grandfather, North Carolina map

For population 25 years and over in Grandfather:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 87.5%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 26.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 11.5 minutes

For population 15 years and over in Grandfather village:

  • Never married: 8.8%
  • Now married: 84.3%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 3.4%
  • Divorced: 3.5%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2015: $6,466 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2015: $2,840 (0.4%)

Grandfather satellite photo by USGS

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (33.4 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (84.3 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (453.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities: Sugar Mountain, NC (1.3 miles ), Banner Elk, NC (2.1 miles ), Seven Devils, NC (2.1 miles) , Newland, NC (2.1 miles ), Foscoe, NC (2.5 miles ), Crossnore, NC (2.7 miles ), Beech Mountain, NC (2.7 miles ), Elk Park, NC (2.9 miles ).

Latitude: 36.10 N, Longitude: 81.85 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 828

Grandfather household income distribution Grandfather home values distribution
Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

5.2%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

Population change in the 1990s: +39 (+114.7%).
Most common industries in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Finance and insurance (57%)
  • Manufacturing (14%)
  • Wholesale trade (14%)
  • Health care and social assistance (14%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
  • Construction (0%)
  • Wholesale trade (25%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (25%)
  • Other services, except public administration (25%)
  • Retail trade (13%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (0%)
  • Mining, quarrying, and oil and gas extraction (0%)
Most common occupations in 2015 (%)
Males Females
  • Business and financial operations occupations (57%)
  • Management occupations (14%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (14%)
  • Sales and related occupations (14%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (0%)
  • Life, physical, and social science occupations (0%)
  • Sales and related occupations (63%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (25%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (13%)
  • Management occupations (0%)
  • Business and financial operations occupations (0%)
  • Computer and mathematical occupations (0%)
  • Architecture and engineering occupations (0%)

Average climate in Grandfather, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Tornado activity:

Grandfather-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 51% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 30.8 miles away from the Grandfather village center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 37.8 miles away from the village center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Grandfather-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 81% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 185.7 miles away from the city center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 158.3 miles away from Grandfather center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 120.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 73.4 miles away from the city center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 76.1 miles away from Grandfather center
On 6/29/1996 at 19:30:42, a magnitude 4.1 (4.1 MB, 3.9 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 75.4 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Avery County (12) is near the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 10
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 6, Storms: 4, Hurricanes: 3, Landslides: 2, Mudslides: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: Some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Grandfather topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers near Grandfather:

  • TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; NEWLAND, NC)
  • HOSPICE OF AVERY COUNTY (Hospital, about 5 miles away; NEWLAND, NC)
  • BLOWING ROCK HOSPITAL LTC (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; BLOWING ROCK, NC)
  • ROAN HIGHLANDS NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; ROAN MOUNTAIN, TN)
  • HIGH COUNTRY HCS (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; BOONE, NC)
  • WATAUGA MEDICAL CENTER HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; BOONE, NC)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE WATAUGA COUNTY (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; BOONE, NC)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Grandfather:

  • Appalachian State University (about 13 miles; Boone, NC; Full-time enrollment: 17,362)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 27 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 28 miles; Morganton, NC; FT enrollment: 2,205)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 33 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • Wilkes Community College (about 38 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; FT enrollment: 2,292)
  • King University (about 38 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 41 miles; Blountville, TN; FT enrollment: 4,480)

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Creeks: Big Grassy Creek (A), Little Grassy Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Avery County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level between 2 and 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Moderate Potential

Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2013 was 44.7. This is significantly better than average.

City:

44.7
U.S.:

74.7

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2013 was 0.701. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.701
U.S.:

1.912

Ozone [ppb] level in 2013 was 25.7. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

25.7
U.S.:

32.0

Particulate Matter (PM10) [µg/m3] level in 2002 was 22.4. This is about average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

22.4
U.S.:

20.0

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2013 was 7.50. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

7.50
U.S.:

9.35
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2015: 8.2%
Average household size:
This village:  1.7 people
North Carolina:  2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:  60.0%
Whole state:  66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:  0.0%
Whole state:  5.9%

No gay or lesbian households reported

Educational Attainment (%) in 2015

School Enrollment by Level of School (%) in 2015

Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

4.7
North Carolina average:

12.2

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Presidential Elections Results

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Religion statistics for Grandfather village (based on Avery County data)

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,71147
Mainline Protestant98013
Catholic3901
Black Protestant1721
Other962
None10,204-
Source: Clifford Grammich, Kirk Hadaway, Richard Houseal, Dale E.Jones, Alexei Krindatch, Richie Stanley and Richard H.Taylor. 2012. 2010 U.S.Religion Census: Religious Congregations & Membership Study. Association of Statisticians of American Religious Bodies. Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Avery County:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Avery County:

7.85 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 22
Here:

12.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.8%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Avery County:

26.5%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
This county:

16.0%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

62.7%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Grandfather:

65.6%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.7
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Grandfather:

18.2%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Grandfather:

7.3%
State:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Grandfather:

7.3
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Grandfather:

42.9%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Grandfather:

67.3%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.8%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Grandfather, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$1,000
Totals for Government 0$0 1$1,000

5.64% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($35,121 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.64%
North Carolina average:

7.13%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Watauga County, NC  0.79% ($31,256 average AGI)
from Mitchell County, NC  0.39% ($25,571)
from Carter County, TN  0.31% ($25,824)


6.12% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($34,787 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.12%
North Carolina average:

6.77%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2010 and 2011.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Watauga County, NC  0.95% ($30,981 average AGI)
to Mitchell County, NC  0.42% ($22,478)
to Carter County, TN  0.40% ($27,909)

Strongest AM radio stations in Grandfather:

  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WECR (1130 AM; daytime; 1 kW; NEWLAND, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WKGX (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WKSK (580 AM; 5 kW; W.JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: CADDELL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTOE (1470 AM; 5 kW; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY MEDIA, INC.)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKYK (940 AM; 5 kW; BURNSVILLE, NC; Owner: MARK MEDIA, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Grandfather:

  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKBC-FM (97.3 FM; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: WILKES BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W267AN (101.3 FM; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: TRIAD FAMILY NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Grandfather:

  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W65DT (Channel 65; BOONE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W59AK (Channel 59; ZIONVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WLNN-LP (Channel 24; BOONE, NC; Owner: SOUND MEDIA INC.)
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 1Number of bridges
  • 3m10ftTotal length
  • 420Total average daily traffic
  • 29Total average daily truck traffic

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Linnville Ridge Country Club (Lat: 36.111389 Lon: -81.858889), Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Overall height: 17.1 m, Call Sign: KNKN693
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHzGrant Date: 08/31/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8661, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (47%)
  • Electricity (44%)
  • Utility gas (6%)

Grandfather compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median household income above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.
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