Highlands, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 939 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: +3.3%
 
Males: 445  (47.5%)
Females: 494  (52.5%)
Median resident age:

60.8 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28741.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $66,621 (it was $33,750 in 2000)
Highlands:

$66,621
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $53,727 (it was $24,120 in 2000)

Highlands town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $524,127 (it was $221,800 in 2000)
Highlands:

$524,127
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $728,479; detached houses: $750,866; townhouses or other attached units: over $1,000,000; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $347,002; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $329,659

Median gross rent in 2017: $1,051.

March 2019 cost of living index in Highlands: 89.2 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 5.6%
(3.8% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 60.0% for Black residents, 1.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents)
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  • Races in Highlands, NC (2010)
    • 84791.7%White alone
    • 535.7%Hispanic
    • 141.5%Two or more races
    • 60.6%Asian alone
    • 20.2%American Indian alone
    • 20.2%Other race alone

Races in Highlands detailed stats: ancestries, foreign born residents, place of birth



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 4 registered sex offenders living in Highlands, North Carolina as of July 02, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Highlands is 292 to 1.


Crime rates in Highlands by year

Type

2006

2007

2008

2009

2010

2011

2012

2013

2014

2015

2016

2017

2018

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(209.4)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(107.9)
0
(0.0)
N/AN/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
2
(213.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(107.9)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
1
(105.5)
1
(105.3)
4
(418.8)
0
(0.0)
3
(320.5)
0
(0.0)
2
(216.7)
0
(0.0)
2
(215.7)
1
(106.5)
2
(211.9)
3
(318.5)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
26
(2,708)
37
(3,903)
19
(2,000)
13
(1,361)
14
(1,452)
13
(1,389)
10
(1,067)
22
(2,384)
15
(1,616)
31
(3,344)
23
(2,449)
9
(953.4)
19
(2,017)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
40
(4,167)
43
(4,536)
34
(3,579)
34
(3,560)
21
(2,178)
30
(3,205)
48
(5,123)
40
(4,334)
41
(4,418)
44
(4,746)
42
(4,473)
25
(2,648)
31
(3,291)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
3
(312.5)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
4
(427.4)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.3)
2
(215.5)
2
(215.7)
1
(106.5)
0
(0.0)
4
(424.6)
Arson
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(108.3)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
City-Data.com crime index (higher means more crime, U.S. average = 274.0)381.3475.7304.2489.0188.8387.8279.6392.2307.1603.0380.2215.0370.5

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City-data.com crime index in Highlands, NC

Crime rate in Highlands detailed stats: murders, rapes, robberies, assaults, burglaries, thefts, arson

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 13 (12 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

12.74
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (58.4%), English (6.8%), German (3.4%), Scotch-Irish (3.2%), Irish (1.3%), Italian (1.2%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 3835 feet

Land area: 6.06 square miles.

Population density: 155 people per square mile   (very low).

Highlands, North Carolina map

94 residents are foreign born (3.2% Latin America, 2.7% Europe).

This town:

8.5%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $2,349 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,391 (0.4%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Greenville, SC (48.5 miles , pop. 56,002).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Atlanta, GA (112.8 miles , pop. 416,474).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Chicago, IL (528.2 miles , pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities:

Cashiers, NC (2.7 miles),
Sky Valley, GA (2.9 miles ),
Glenville, NC (3.0 miles),
Dillard, GA (3.4 miles),
Mountain Rest, SC (3.6 miles ),
Franklin, NC (3.7 miles ),
Mountain City, GA (3.7 miles ),
Clayton, GA (4.1 miles )

Latitude: 35.05 N, Longitude: 83.20 W

Area code: 828

Distribution of median household income in Highlands, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Highlands, NC in 2017
Highlands satellite photo by USGS

Highlands tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.6%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Most common industries in Highlands, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Construction (12.3%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.5%)
  • Health care (7.3%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (6.3%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.2%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (6.2%)
  • Educational services (4.8%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Construction (20.1%)
  • Professional, scientific, technical services (9.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (8.0%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (7.2%)
  • Food & beverage stores (6.4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, recreation (5.3%)
  • Health care (4.5%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (10.4%)
  • Educational services (9.2%)
  • Social assistance (7.5%)
  • Accommodation & food services (7.1%)
  • Food & beverage stores (5.8%)
  • Used merchandise, gift, novelty, souvenir, other miscellaneous stores (5.4%)
  • Personal & laundry services (5.4%)
Most common occupations in Highlands, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (13.9%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (5.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (5.2%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (4.8%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (3.6%)
  • Cashiers (3.6%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (3.4%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (10.6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6.1%)
  • Carpenters (5.7%)
  • Material recording, scheduling, dispatching, and distributing workers (5.7%)
  • Top executives (4.5%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (4.5%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (3.8%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other sales and related occupations, including supervisors (17.5%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (7.9%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary, and middle school teachers (6.3%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (6.3%)
  • Other management occupations, except farmers and farm managers (5.8%)
  • Registered nurses (5.4%)
  • Personal appearance workers (5.4%)

Average climate in Highlands, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 55.8. This is better than average.

City:

55.8
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2018 was 0.0993. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0993
U.S.:

1.7894
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 35.5. This is about average. Closest monitor was 12.9 miles away from the city center.

City:

35.5
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.69. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 17.3 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.69
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Highlands-area historical tornado activity is near North Carolina state average. It is 9% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 3/27/1994, a category F3 (max. wind speeds 158-206 mph) tornado 17.5 miles away from the Highlands town center injured 37 people and caused between $500,000 and $5,000,000 in damages.

On 4/3/1974, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 42.8 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 26 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Highlands-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 82% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

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 91.4 miles away from Highlands center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 67.0 miles away from Highlands center
On 4/29/2003 at 08:59:39, a magnitude 4.9 (4.4 MB, 4.6 MW, 4.9 LG, Depth: 12.2 mi) earthquake occurred 143.2 miles away from the city center
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 221.8 miles away from Highlands center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 350.1 miles away from Highlands center
On 11/22/1974 at 05:25:55, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB) earthquake occurred 230.1 miles away from the city center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Natural disasters:

The number of natural disasters in Macon County (8) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 6
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 3, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1, Winter Storm: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Highlands topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Highlands:

  • HIGHLANDS CASHIERS HOSPITAL INC (Voluntary non-profit - Private, provides emergency services, 190 HOSPITAL DRIVE)
  • HIGHLANDS CASHIERS HOSPITAL IN (190 HOSPITAL DR)

Other hospitals and medical centers near Highlands:

  • ANGEL MEDICAL CENTER Critical Access Hospitals (about 14 miles away; FRANKLIN, NC)
  • ANGEL HOME HEALTH AND HOSPICE (Home Health Center, about 14 miles away; FRANKLIN, NC)
  • RHA/HOWELL CARE CENTERS/FOREST HILLS GROUP HOME (Hospital, about 14 miles away; GREENVILLE, NC)
  • MACON VALLEY NURSING AND REHABILITATION CENTER (Nursing Home, about 14 miles away; FRANKLIN, NC)
  • MOUNTAIN VIEW HEALTH CARE (Nursing Home, about 16 miles away; CLAYTON, GA)

Heliports located in Highlands:

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Highlands:

  • Western Carolina University (about 17 miles; Cullowhee, NC; Full-time enrollment: 8,684)
  • Clemson University (about 34 miles; Clemson, SC; FT enrollment: 20,131)
  • Tri-County Technical College (about 37 miles; Pendleton, SC; FT enrollment: 5,174)
  • Piedmont College (about 39 miles; Demorest, GA; FT enrollment: 2,251)
  • Furman University (about 45 miles; Greenville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,988)
  • North Greenville University (about 48 miles; Tigerville, SC; FT enrollment: 2,341)
  • Anderson University (about 50 miles; Anderson, SC; FT enrollment: 2,510)

Public high school in Highlands:

See full list of schools located in Highlands

User-submitted facts and corrections:

  • Would you add a phone number and website link to the information on Highlands-Cashiers Hospital. The phone is 828 526-1200 and the web domain is www.highlandscashiershospital.org. Thanks!

Points of interest:

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Notable location: Highlands Country Club (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Cemetery: Highlands Cemetery (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Reservoirs: Club Lake (A), Highlands Lake (B), Mirror Lake (C), Ravenel Lake (D), Harris Lake (E). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Big Creek (A), Monger Creek (B), Mill Creek (C), Satulah Branch (D). Display/hide their locations on the map

Tourist attraction: Highlands Chamber Of Commerce (396 Oak St).

Hotels: Highlands Suite Hotel (205 Main), Chandler Inn (790 North 4th Street), Hampton Inn Highlands (96 Log Cabin Lane).

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

Drinking water stations with addresses in Highlands and their reported violations in the past:

CULLASAJA CLUB (Population served: 800, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • OCCT/SOWT Study/Recommendation - In APR-01-2014, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-30-2014), St Formal NOV issued (APR-30-2014), St Public Notif requested (APR-30-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-02-2014)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Initial, Follow-up, or Routine Source Water M/R - In APR-01-2014, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-30-2014), St Formal NOV issued (APR-30-2014), St Public Notif requested (APR-30-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-02-2014)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In OCT-01-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAR-27-2014), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-27-2014), St Public Notif requested (MAR-27-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-02-2014)
  • Water Quality Parameter M/R - Between JAN-2011 and DEC-2013, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (APR-29-2014), St Formal NOV issued (APR-29-2014), St Public Notif requested (APR-29-2014), St Public Notif received (MAY-02-2014)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: TTHM. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-05-2007), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-05-2007), St Public Notif received (MAR-26-2007), St Compliance achieved (DEC-06-2007)
  • Monitoring and Reporting (DBP) - Between JAN-2006 and DEC-2006, Contaminant: Total Haloacetic Acids (HAA5). Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAR-05-2007), St Formal NOV issued (MAR-05-2007), St Public Notif received (MAR-26-2007), St Compliance achieved (DEC-06-2007)
  • 6 regular monitoring violations
  • 2 other older monitoring violations
COLD SPRINGS POA (Population served: 165, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2009, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif requested (MAY-18-2009), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-18-2009), St Public Notif received (MAY-28-2009), St AO (w/penalty) issued (JAN-15-2010), St Compliance achieved (MAR-31-2010), St Other (JAN-28-2011), St Case dropped (MAR-28-2011)
  • Follow-up Or Routine LCR Tap M/R - In JAN-01-2003, Contaminant: Lead and Copper Rule. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-10-2003), St Public Notif requested (SEP-10-2003), St Compliance achieved (JUN-11-2010), St Intentional no-action (JUN-11-2010)
SHOPS ON THE GREEN (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
Average household size:
This town:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

59.2%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

3.7%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.4% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.7% of all households

Banks with branches in Highlands (2011 data):

  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Highlands Remote Office at 116 Franklin Rd, branch established on 1995/11/20; Highlands Main Branch at 234 South Fourth Street, branch established on 1935/04/12. Info updated 2011/04/05: Bank assets: $1,161,490.0 mil, Deposits: $905,653.0 mil, headquarters in Sioux Falls, SD, positive income, 6395 total offices, Holding Company: Wells Fargo & Company
  • Regions Bank: Spring Street Branch at 161 Spring Street, branch established on 2003/01/27. Info updated 2011/02/24: Bank assets: $123,368.2 mil, Deposits: $98,301.3 mil, headquarters in Birmingham, AL, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 1778 total offices, Holding Company: Regions Financial Corporation
  • PNC Bank, National Association: W. Main St Branch at 225 Franklin Road, branch established on 1986/06/30. Info updated 2012/03/20: Bank assets: $263,309.6 mil, Deposits: $197,343.0 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 3085 total offices, Holding Company: Pnc Financial Services Group, Inc., The
  • First-Citizens Bank & Trust Company: Highlands Branch at U.S. Highway 64 And Laurel Street, branch established on 1990/10/08. Info updated 2011/10/11: Bank assets: $20,566.4 mil, Deposits: $17,596.8 mil, headquarters in Raleigh, NC, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 433 total offices, Holding Company: First Citizens Bancshares, Inc.
  • Macon Bank, Inc.: Highlands Branch at 473 Carolina Way, branch established on 1995/09/14. Info updated 2011/02/10: Bank assets: $874.5 mil, Deposits: $751.0 mil, headquarters in Franklin, NC, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 11 total offices, Holding Company: Macon Bancorp
  • Bank of America, National Association: Highlands Branch at Pine And Fourth Streets, branch established on 1980/07/26. Info updated 2009/11/18: Bank assets: $1,451,969.3 mil, Deposits: $1,077,176.8 mil, headquarters in Charlotte, NC, positive income, 5782 total offices, Holding Company: Bank Of America Corporation

For population 15 years and over in Highlands:

Marital status in Highlands, NC
  • Never married: 21.8%
  • Now married: 55.9%
  • Separated: 2.0%
  • Widowed: 9.8%
  • Divorced: 10.6%

For population 25 years and over in Highlands:

  • High school or higher: 92.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 44.9%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 23.7%
  • Unemployed: 2.3%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 12.0 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

10.9
North Carolina average:

11.9

Travel time (in minutes) to work in 2017
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Highlands
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Highlands, NC (based on Macon County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant16,48676
Mainline Protestant4,50824
Catholic1,2602
Other5145
None11,209-
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: 7
Macon County:

2.15 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (no gas): 4
Macon County:

1.23 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 20
This county:

6.14 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 54
Macon County:

16.57 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
Macon County:

9.9%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Macon County:

27.7%
North Carolina:

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

15.2%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
This city:

47.5%
State:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Highlands:

40.8%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Highlands:

28.9
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Highlands:

25.8%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Highlands:

12.1%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Highlands:

6.9
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Highlands:

35.7%
State:

33.6%

General health condition:
Highlands:

50.0%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

72.5%
North Carolina:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Highlands, 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
Police Protection - Officers 11$39,287$42,8594$1,783
Water Supply 10$35,444$42,5330$0
Electric Power 10$40,445$48,5340$0
Solid Waste Management 6$16,388$32,7760$0
Financial Administration 5$18,903$45,3671$3,253
Streets and Highways 5$14,360$34,4641$1,559
Parks and Recreation 5$13,853$33,2476$3,071
Other Government Administration 5$28,488$68,3716$1,953
Other and Unallocable 4$6,527$19,5811$483
Firefighters 2$5,978$35,86826$0
Sewerage 2$8,550$51,3000$0
Police - Other 0$0 1$1,610
Fire - Other 0$0 1$1,309
Totals for Government 65$228,223$42,13347$15,021

Highlands government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Construction - Local Fire Protection: $383,000 ($407.88)
    Regular Highways: $164,000 ($174.65)
    General - Other: $148,000 ($157.61)
    Parks and Recreation: $78,000 ($83.07)
    Police Protection: $7,000 ($7.45)
    Financial Administration: $5,000 ($5.32)
  • Current Operations - Electric Utilities: $3,980,000 ($4238.55)
    Sewerage: $1,472,000 ($1567.63)
    Liquor Stores: $1,207,000 ($1285.41)
    Water Utilities: $982,000 ($1045.79)
    Police Protection: $978,000 ($1041.53)
    Financial Administration: $838,000 ($892.44)
    General - Other: $736,000 ($783.81)
    Parks and Recreation: $717,000 ($763.58)
    Regular Highways: $576,000 ($613.42)
    Solid Waste Management: $551,000 ($586.79)
    Local Fire Protection: $477,000 ($507.99)
    Central Staff Services: $24,000 ($25.56)
    Health - Other: $6,000 ($6.39)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $19,000 ($20.23)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $4,000 ($4.26)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Parks and Recreation: $49,000 ($52.18)
    Police Protection: $33,000 ($35.14)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $352,000 ($374.87)

Highlands government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $1,200,000 ($1277.96)
    Parks and Recreation: $587,000 ($625.13)
    Solid Waste Management: $466,000 ($496.27)
    Other: $381,000 ($405.75)
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $290,000 ($308.84)
    Donations From Private Sources: $39,000 ($41.53)
    Interest Earnings: $6,000 ($6.39)
  • Revenue - Electric Utilities: $4,229,000 ($4503.73)
    Liquor Stores: $1,303,000 ($1387.65)
    Water Utilities: $800,000 ($851.97)
  • State Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $180,000 ($191.69)
    Highways: $55,000 ($58.57)
    Water Utilities: $26,000 ($27.69)
  • Tax - Property: $2,535,000 ($2699.68)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $763,000 ($812.57)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $84,000 ($89.46)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $45,000 ($47.92)
    Motor Vehicle License: $20,000 ($21.30)
    Other License: $19,000 ($20.23)

Highlands government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $2,066,000 ($2200.21)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,948,000 ($2074.55)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $118,000 ($125.67)

Highlands government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,461,000 ($6880.72)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $19,000 ($20.23)

6.76% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($63,160 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.76%
North Carolina average:

7.88%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Jackson County, NC  0.48% ($33,590 average AGI)
from Rabun County, GA  0.23% ($42,862)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.16% ($46,350)


5.66% of this county's 2015 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2016 ($41,721 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.66%
North Carolina average:

7.23%

10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2015 and 2016:
to Jackson County, NC  0.44% ($44,661 average AGI)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.40% ($57,280)
to Rabun County, GA  0.21% ($29,769)
Businesses in Highlands, NC
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1RadioShack1
FedEx1U.S. Cellular1
Kincaid1UPS1
Nike1

Strongest AM radio stations in Highlands:

  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WPFJ (1480 AM; 5 kW; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: DRAKE ENTERPRISES, LTD.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WGCR (720 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PISGAH FOREST, NC; Owner: ANCHOR BAPTIST BROADCASTING ASSOCIATION)
  • WKVL (850 AM; daytime; 50 kW; KNOXVILLE, TN; Owner: HORNE RADIO, LLC)
  • WCNN (680 AM; 50 kW; NORTH ATLANTA, GA; Owner: DICKEY BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTBI (1540 AM; daytime; 10 kW; PICKENS, SC; Owner: TABERNACLE CHRISTIAN SCHOOLS)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WSB (750 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WGHC (1370 AM; daytime; 3 kW; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WGST (640 AM; 50 kW; ATLANTA, GA; Owner: CITICASTERS LICENSES, L.P.)
  • WDUN (550 AM; 10 kW; GAINESVILLE, GA; Owner: JWJ PROPERTIRS, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Highlands:

  • WHLC (104.5 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORP.)
  • W269AY (101.7 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • W277AL (103.3 FM; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: CHARISMA RADIO CORPORATION)
  • WFQS (91.3 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WNCC-FM (96.7 FM; FRANKLIN, NC; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WRBN (104.1 FM; CLAYTON, GA; Owner: SUTTON RADIOCASTING CORPORATION)
  • W237AR (95.3 FM; HAZELWOOD, ETC., NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WESC-FM (92.5 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WCVP-FM (95.9 FM; ROBBINSVILLE, NC; Owner: CHEROKEE BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W218AD (91.5 FM; BREVARD, NC; Owner: WESTERN NORTH CAROLINA PUBLIC RADIO)
  • WMYI (102.5 FM; HENDERSONVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WQNS (104.9 FM; WAYNESVILLE, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WHZT (98.1 FM; SENECA, SC; Owner: CXR HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WWCU (90.5 FM; CULLOWHEE, NC; Owner: WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)
  • WFBC-FM (93.7 FM; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Highlands:

  • W27BD (Channel 62; HIGHLANDS, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W50AB (Channel 50; HIAWASSEE, GA; Owner: GEORGIA PUBLIC TELECOMMUNICATIONS COMMISSION)
  • WHNS (Channel 21; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEREDITH CORPORATION)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • WYFF (Channel 4; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W24AU (Channel 24; CASHIERS, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W56AG (Channel 56; FRANKLIN, ETC., NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)

Highlands fatal accident list:

Sep 12, 2014 01:15 PM, Sr-28, Lat: 35.047850, Lon: -83.203344, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
May 24, 2010 11:25 AM, Us-64, Lat: 35.062181, Lon: -83.212167, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 21Number of bridges
  • 75ft / 23.3mTotal length
  • 14,700Total average daily traffic
  • 1,043Total average daily truck traffic
  • 29,350Total future (year 1960) average daily traffic
New bridges in Highlands, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31930-1939
  • 41950-1959
  • 71960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 11980-1989
  • 21990-1999
  • 22000-2009
  • 12010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Highlands, NC

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

2
  • #6 At Pine Circle (Lat: 35.079806 Lon: -83.210972), Type: Pole, Structure height: 42.7 m, Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: KNKQ351
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, Grant Date: 09/05/2012, Expiration Date: 10/01/2022Registrant: Cellco Partnership, 5055 North Point Pkwy, Np2ne Network Engineering, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:
  • #6 @ Pine Circle (Lat: 35.079778 Lon: -83.210972), Type: Pole, Structure height: 42.6 m, Overall height: 45.7 m, Call Sign: KNKN626
    Assigned Frequencies: 869.040 MHz, 824.040 MHz, 890.010 MHz, 845.010 MHz, Grant Date: 08/30/2011, Expiration Date: 10/01/2021Registrant: Cellco Partnership, 5055 North Point Pkwy, Np2ne Network Engineering, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Fax: (770) 797-1036, Email:

FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers:

15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers in Highlands, NC)

FCC Registered Microwave Towers:

6
  • Us 64e E Of (Lat: 35.073417 Lon: -83.185972), Overall height: 19.5 m, Call Sign: WMG365, Licensee ID: L00010323,
    Assigned Frequencies: 946.000 MHz, Grant Date: 03/15/1994, Expiration Date: 12/01/2019, Registrant: Charisma Radio Corp., P.O. Box 1889, Highlands, NC 28741
  • HP-1245, Scaly Mt., 936 Hickory Knut Road 28741 (Lat: 35.035389 Lon: -83.272778), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 54.8 m, Call Sign: WQNH471,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6615.00 MHz, Grant Date: 02/07/2011, Expiration Date: 02/07/2021, Certifier: Wayne E Eberhard, Registrant: North Carolina State Highway Patrol, 4231 Mail Service Center, Raleigh, NC 27699-4231, Phone: (919) 948-7854, Fax: (919) 662-4444, Email:
  • SLICK ROCK, Off Dendy Orchard Rd, Nantahala National Forest (Lat: 35.094583 Lon: -83.276611), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 51.8 m, Call Sign: WQST291,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6404.79 MHz, Grant Date: 11/12/2013, Expiration Date: 11/12/2023, Certifier: Chris Harris, Registrant: Conterra Ultra Broadband, LLC, 2101 Rexford Rd, Ste 200e, Charlotte, NC 28211, Phone: (704) 936-1801, Fax: (704) 936-1801, Email:
  • 5AS1250A, 726 Puffy Lane (Lat: 35.041194 Lon: -83.194861), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 24 m, Call Sign: WRBT936,
    Assigned Frequencies: 10775.0 MHz, 6123.10 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 6123.10 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 6123.10 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 6123.10 MHz, 10775.0 MHz, 6123.10 MHz... (+6 more), Grant Date: 06/19/2018, Expiration Date: 06/19/2028, Cancellation Date: 09/20/2018, Certifier: David Werblow, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 Se 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Fax: (425) 383-4040, Email:
  • 5AS1240A, 274 Big Pine Lane (Lat: 35.079833 Lon: -83.211083), Type: Mtower, Structure height: 43 m, Overall height: 45 m, Call Sign: WRBT937,
    Assigned Frequencies: 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, 11265.0 MHz, Grant Date: 06/19/2018, Expiration Date: 06/19/2028, Cancellation Date: 09/20/2018, Certifier: David Werblow, Registrant: T-Mobile Usa, Inc., 12920 Se 38th Street, Bellevue, WA 98006, Phone: (425) 383-8401, Fax: (425) 383-4040, Email:
  • BEARPEN MTN, 1388 Big Bearpen Rd (Lat: 35.060972 Lon: -83.184361), Type: Ltower, Structure height: 30.5 m, Overall height: 35.1 m, Call Sign: WRCJ260,
    Assigned Frequencies: 6034.15 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 6034.15 MHz, 6093.45 MHz, 6093.45 MHz, 6093.45 MHz, 6093.45 MHz, Grant Date: 10/17/2018, Expiration Date: 10/17/2028, Certifier: Gina Cacciatore, Registrant: 5055 North Point Pkwy, Np2ne Network Engineering, Alpharetta, GA 30022, Phone: (770) 797-1070, Email:

FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses:

15 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Highlands)

FAA Registered Aircraft Manufacturers and Dealers:

3 (See the full list of FAA Registered Manufacturers and Dealers in Highlands)

FAA Registered Aircraft:

16 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft)

2004 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2004 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 14. The highest number of fires - 33 took place in 2011, and the least - 0 in 2006. The data has a declining trend.
    Fire incident types in Highlands, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (52.9%), and Other (26.2%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Highlands, NC
    • 10952.9%Structure Fires
    • 5426.2%Other
    • 3617.5%Outside Fires
    • 73.4%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Highlands, NC
Most common first names in Highlands, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John3876.5 years
William3576.5 years
James3275.6 years
Mary2483.5 years
Charles1874.9 years
Elizabeth1683.6 years
Robert1573.0 years
George1477.6 years
Margaret1381.6 years
Richard1278.3 years
Most common last names in Highlands, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Talley2281.2 years
Mccall2074.3 years
Edwards1582.9 years
Keener1481.7 years
Wilson1476.8 years
Baty1378.9 years
Chastain1267.8 years
Potts1276.3 years
Henry1282.1 years
Dendy1181.2 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Highlands, NC
  • 58.0%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 24.8%Electricity
  • 9.8%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 6.6%Wood
  • 0.8%Other fuel
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Highlands, NC
  • 54.7%Electricity
  • 28.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 10.9%Utility gas
  • 3.1%Wood
  • 3.1%No fuel used


Highlands compared to North Carolina state average:

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

Highlands on our top lists:

  • #24 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Laos (population 500+)"
  • #97 on the list of "Top 101 cities with the most residents born in Japan (population 500+)"
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