Spruce Pine, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 2,130 (82% urban, 18% rural).
Population change since 2000: +4.9%
 
Males: 1,031  (48.4%)
Females: 1,099  (51.6%)
Median resident age:

37.1 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip codes: 28777.

Estimated median household income in 2017: $32,303 (it was $24,766 in 2000)
Spruce Pine:

$32,303
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $21,316 (it was $15,440 in 2000)

Spruce Pine town income, earnings, and wages data

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $126,858 (it was $70,500 in 2000)
Spruce Pine:

$126,858
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $145,689; detached houses: $157,073; mobile homes: $78,449

Median gross rent in 2017: $535.

March 2019 cost of living index in Spruce Pine: 80.7 (low, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 31.4%
(31.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 100.0% for Black residents, 19.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 100.0% for American Indian residents, 100.0% for two or more races residents)
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  • Races in Spruce Pine, NC (2017)
    • 1,83485.9%White alone
    • 24311.4%Hispanic
    • 150.7%American Indian alone
    • 140.7%Two or more races
    • 100.5%Asian alone
    • 70.3%Black alone

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



According to our research of North Carolina and other state lists, there were 24 registered sex offenders living in Spruce Pine, North Carolina as of December 05, 2020.
The ratio of all residents to sex offenders in Spruce Pine is 94 to 1.


Crime rates in Spruce Pine by year

Type

2010

2011

2012

2017

Murders
(per 100,000)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
Rapes
(per 100,000)
2
(102.7)
3
(136.2)
0
(0.0)
N/A
Robberies
(per 100,000)
3
(154.1)
0
(0.0)
2
(91.8)
0
(0.0)
Assaults
(per 100,000)
2
(102.7)
0
(0.0)
0
(0.0)
1
(47.7)
Burglaries
(per 100,000)
4
(205.4)
3
(136.2)
8
(367.1)
1
(47.7)
Thefts
(per 100,000)
54
(2,773)
53
(2,406)
57
(2,616)
36
(1,718)
Auto thefts
(per 100,000)
4
(205.4)
2
(90.8)
6
(275.4)
2
(95.5)
Arson
(per 100,000)
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)290.7222.0179.989.3

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City-data.com crime index in Spruce Pine, NC

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

Full-time law enforcement employees in 2018, including police officers: 10 (10 officers).
Officers per 1,000 residents here:

4.69
North Carolina average:

2.34
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Ancestries: American (22.0%), English (11.9%), Scotch-Irish (9.7%), Irish (7.5%), Scottish (6.5%), Ukrainian (5.8%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 2517 feet

Land area: 3.89 square miles.

Population density: 548 people per square mile   (low).

Spruce Pine, North Carolina map

177 residents are foreign born (6.5% Latin America, 1.3% Europe).

This town:

8.3%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $1,005 (0.7%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $929 (0.9%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (33.7 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (85.2 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (471.4 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Bakersville, NC (2.9 miles ),
Crossnore, NC (3.3 miles ),
Burnsville, NC (3.6 miles ),
Newland, NC (3.8 miles ),
Marion, NC (4.0 miles ),
Elk Park, NC (4.2 miles ),
West Marion, NC (4.2 miles ),
Grandfather, NC (4.2 miles)

Latitude: 35.91 N, Longitude: 82.07 W

Daytime population change due to commuting: +1,705 (+79.9%)
Workers who live and work in this town: 295 (33.3%)

Area code: 828

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

Spruce Pine tourist attractions:

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

5.2%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +10 (+0.5%).
Most common industries in Spruce Pine, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common industries in 2000
  • Health care (12.5%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (11.7%)
  • Public administration (6.7%)
  • Educational services (6.2%)
  • Chemicals (5.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (4.9%)
  • Apparel (4.5%)
Most common industries for males in 2000
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (17.0%)
  • Public administration (7.8%)
  • Motor vehicle & parts dealers (6.2%)
  • Construction (6.0%)
  • Administrative & support & waste management services (6.0%)
  • Machinery (4.1%)
  • Accommodation & food services (3.9%)
Most common industries for females in 2000
  • Health care (24.2%)
  • Educational services (9.1%)
  • Chemicals (7.6%)
  • Apparel (6.8%)
  • Accommodation & food services (6.3%)
  • Public administration (5.2%)
  • Furniture & related product manufacturing (4.9%)
Most common occupations in Spruce Pine, NC (%)
Both Males Females
Most common occupations in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (13.4%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (5.6%)
  • Woodworkers (4.9%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4.8%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (3.4%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (3.3%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (3.3%)
Most common occupations for males in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (11.9%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair workers, including supervisors (10.1%)
  • Woodworkers (8.4%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (5.3%)
  • Law enforcement workers, including supervisors (5.1%)
  • Retail sales workers, except cashiers (4.9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (4.7%)
Most common occupations for females in 2000
  • Other production occupations, including supervisors (15.4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (10.9%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (6.3%)
  • Cooks and food preparation workers (5.7%)
  • Laborers and material movers, hand (4.7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (4.2%)
  • Registered nurses (4.2%)

Average climate in Spruce Pine, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Spruce Pine, North Carolina environmental map by EPA

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

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 62.6. This is about average.

City:

62.6
U.S.:

74.2
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 31.3. This is about average. Closest monitor was 8.7 miles away from the city center.

City:

31.3
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.84. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 0.2 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.84
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Spruce Pine-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 48% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 38.8 miles away from the Spruce Pine town center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 39.9 miles away from the town center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Spruce Pine-area historical earthquake activity is slightly above North Carolina state average. It is 80% 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 189.2 miles away from Spruce Pine 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 143.2 miles away from Spruce Pine center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 106.4 miles away from Spruce Pine center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 86.2 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 89.4 miles away from Spruce Pine 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 223.8 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 Mitchell County (10) is smaller than the US average (13).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Causes of natural disasters: Floods: 5, Storms: 3, Hurricanes: 2, Winter Storms: 2, Blizzard: 1, Landslide: 1, Mudslide: 1, Snowfall: 1, Tropical Storm: 1, Wind: 1 (Note: some incidents may be assigned to more than one category).
Spruce Pine topographic map

Hospitals and medical centers in Spruce Pine:

  • SPRUCE PINE COMMUNITY HOSPITAL (Voluntary non-profit - Other, 125 HOSPITAL DR)
  • THE HOSPICE AND PALLIATIVE CARE CENTER OF MITCHELL C (284 HOSPITAL DRIVE)
  • BRIAN CTR HEALTH AND REHAB/SPRUC (218 LAUREL CREEK COURT)
  • MAYLAND DIALYSIS CENTER (575 ALTAPASS HWY)

Airports located in Spruce Pine:

College/University in Spruce Pine:

  • Mayland Community College (Full-time enrollment: 927; Location: 200 Mayland Drive; Public; Website: www.mayland.edu)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Spruce Pine:

  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 26 miles; Morganton, NC; Full-time enrollment: 2,205)
  • Appalachian State University (about 31 miles; Boone, NC; FT enrollment: 17,362)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 32 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 34 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • University of North Carolina at Asheville (about 35 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 3,312)
  • Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (about 37 miles; Asheville, NC; FT enrollment: 6,992)
  • Isothermal Community College (about 41 miles; Spindale, NC; FT enrollment: 2,165)

Public high schools in Spruce Pine:

Private high schools in Spruce Pine:

  • TRI-COUNTY CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 29, Location: 207 PINEBRIDGE AVE, Grades: 1-11)
  • ALTAPASS CHRISTIAN SCHOOL (Students: 12, Location: 50 ALTAPASS TRL, Grades: PK-9)

Public elementary/middle schools in Spruce Pine:

Private elementary/middle school in Spruce Pine:

  • SPRUCE PINE MONTESSORI SCHOOL (Students: 35, Location: 67 WALNUT AVE, Grades: PK-2)
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Points of interest:

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Shopping Center: Spruce Pine Shopping Center (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Churches in Spruce Pine include: Berry Chapel (A), Saint Lucins Church (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Blalock Cemetery (1), Tolley Cemetery (2), Spruce Pine Memorial Cemetery (3), Phillips Cemetery (4), Pendley Cemetery (5). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Hanging Rock Branch (A), Grassy Creek (B), English Creek (C), Biggerstaff Branch (D), Beaver Creek (E), Sullins Branch (F), Pine Branch (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in Spruce Pine: Brad Ragan Memorial Recreation Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

Tourist attractions: U S Government - National Park Service- Blue Ridge Parkway- Ranger Of (Recreation Areas; 133 Parkway Maintenance) (1), U S Government - National Park Service- Blue Ridge Parkway- Maintenance Of (Recreation Areas; 214 Parkway Maintenance) (2), Emerald Village Inc (387 McKinney Mine Road) (3), Linville Gorge Wilderness Cabin US Forest Service (Nc 183 Highway) (4), Gem Mountain Gemstone Mine (Tours & Charters; 13780 Highway 226 South) (5). Display/hide their approximate locations on the map

Mitchell County has a predicted average indoor radon screening level greater than 4 pCi/L (pico curies per liter) - Highest Potential

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

THREE MILE QUICK MART (Population served: 150, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • One routine major monitoring violation
GEM MOUNTAIN STORE & MUSEUM (Population served: 100, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • One regular monitoring violation
MOOSE LODGE 1159 & CAMPGROUND (Population served: 60, Groundwater):
Past health violations:
  • MCL, Acute (TCR) - In JUL-2012, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Public Notif received (JUL-11-2012), St Tech Assistance Visit (JUL-19-2012), St Boil Water Order (JUL-19-2012), St Public Notif requested (JUL-19-2012), St AO (w/o penalty) issued (JUL-19-2012), St Formal NOV issued (JUL-19-2012), St Compliance achieved (AUG-31-2012)
  • MCL, Monthly (TCR) - Between JUL-2010 and SEP-2010, Contaminant: Coliform. Follow-up actions: St Formal NOV issued (SEP-08-2010), St Public Notif requested (SEP-08-2010), St Public Notif received (SEP-13-2010), St Compliance achieved (SEP-15-2010)
Past monitoring violations:
  • Failure to Conduct Assessment Monitoring - In JAN-2013, Contaminant: E. COLI. Follow-up actions: St AO (w/o penalty) issued (MAY-02-2013), St Formal NOV issued (MAY-02-2013), St Public Notif requested (MAY-02-2013), St Public Notif received (MAY-20-2013)
  • One routine major monitoring violation
ESTATOE CHURCH OF GOD (Address: PARSONAGE , Population served: 40, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 7 routine major monitoring violations
THE SHEPPARD`S TABLE (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 13 routine major monitoring violations
  • 2 regular monitoring violations
P & R GROCERY (Population served: 25, Groundwater):
Past monitoring violations:
  • 2 routine major monitoring violations
  • 4 regular monitoring violations

Drinking water stations with addresses in Spruce Pine that have no violations reported:

  • BEAR DEN ACRES (Population served: 120, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
  • SPRUCE PINE CAMPGROUND (Population served: 80, Primary Water Source Type: Groundwater)
Average household size:
This town:

2.4 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This town:

64.1%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This town:

4.0%
Whole state:

5.9%


Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)
  • Lesbian couples: 0.0% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in Spruce Pine in 2010:

  • 104 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 9 people in emergency and transitional shelters (with sleeping facilities) for people experiencing homelessness
  • 5 people in other noninstitutional facilities

Banks with branches in Spruce Pine (2011 data):

  • TD Bank, National Association: Spruce Pine Branch at 11995 South 226 Hwy, branch established on 1997/12/15. Info updated 2010/10/04: Bank assets: $188,912.6 mil, Deposits: $153,149.8 mil, headquarters in Wilmington, DE, positive income, 1314 total offices, Holding Company: Toronto-Dominion Bank, The
  • Woodforest National Bank: Spruce Pine Wal-Mart Branch at 2514 Halltown Road, branch established on 2006/07/26. Info updated 2011/05/10: Bank assets: $3,488.9 mil, Deposits: $3,097.6 mil, headquarters in Houston, TX, positive income, Commercial Lending Specialization, 766 total offices, Holding Company: Woodforest Financial Group Employee Stock Ownership Plan (With 401(K) Provisions)
  • Wells Fargo Bank, National Association: Spruce Pine Main Branch at 189 Oak Street, branch established on 1942/04/30. 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
  • PNC Bank, National Association: Spruce Pine Branch at 11050 Highway 226 South, branch established on 1984/12/10. 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
  • Bank of America, National Association: Spruce Pine Maine Branch at 337 Oak Avenue, branch established on 1971/07/01. 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
  • United Community Bank: Spruce Pine Branch at 800 Summit Avenue, branch established on 2004/01/21. Info updated 2009/06/23: Bank assets: $6,977.4 mil, Deposits: $6,170.1 mil, headquarters in Blairsville, GA, negative income in the last year, Commercial Lending Specialization, 106 total offices, Holding Company: United Community Banks, Inc.

For population 15 years and over in Spruce Pine:

Marital status in Spruce Pine, NC
  • Never married: 24.7%
  • Now married: 45.4%
  • Separated: 5.1%
  • Widowed: 10.4%
  • Divorced: 14.4%

For population 25 years and over in Spruce Pine:

  • High school or higher: 79.9%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 12.1%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 4.1%
  • Unemployed: 2.5%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.4 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

11.7
North Carolina average:

11.9

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

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Religion statistics for Spruce Pine, NC (based on Mitchell County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant9,80548
Mainline Protestant1,14912
Catholic1981
Other1-
None4,393-
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: 2
This county:

1.27 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.
Number of supercenters and club stores: 1
Here:

0.63 / 10,000 pop.
State:

0.14 / 10,000 pop.
Number of convenience stores (with gas): 9
Here:

5.71 / 10,000 pop.
State:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.
Number of full-service restaurants: 21
This county:

13.32 / 10,000 pop.
State:

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

12.4%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
This county:

26.2%
North Carolina:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

11.9%
State:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Spruce Pine:

51.9%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Spruce Pine:

49.6%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
Spruce Pine:

28.3
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
This city:

20.4%
State:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
This city:

9.5%
North Carolina:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Spruce Pine:

7.0
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Spruce Pine:

33.9%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
This city:

57.9%
State:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
Here:

77.6%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Spruce Pine, 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$31,182$34,0173$3,190
Water Supply 7$19,399$33,2550$0
Other and Unallocable 5$5,969$14,3265$3,321
Other Government Administration 4$15,456$46,3680$0
Parks and Recreation 1$1,687$20,2444$4,016
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Streets and Highways 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 28$73,693$31,58312$10,527

Spruce Pine government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Sewerage: $1,231,000 ($577.93)
    Water Utilities: $821,000 ($385.45)
    Liquor Stores: $769,000 ($361.03)
    Police Protection: $649,000 ($304.69)
    General Public Buildings: $468,000 ($219.72)
    Central Staff Services: $242,000 ($113.62)
    Local Fire Protection: $164,000 ($77.00)
    Libraries: $68,000 ($31.92)
    Regular Highways: $67,000 ($31.46)
    Parks and Recreation: $23,000 ($10.80)
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $15,000 ($7.04)
  • General - Interest on Debt: $32,000 ($15.02)
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Health - Other: $4,000 ($1.88)
  • Other Capital Outlay - Police Protection: $32,000 ($15.02)
    Local Fire Protection: $8,000 ($3.76)
    Regular Highways: $7,000 ($3.29)
    General Public Building: $2,000 ($0.94)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $249,000 ($116.90)
  • Water Utilities - Interest on Debt: $21,000 ($9.86)

Spruce Pine government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Charges - Sewerage: $768,000 ($360.56)
    Miscellaneous Commercial Activities: $344,000 ($161.50)
    Parks and Recreation: $37,000 ($17.37)
    Parking Facilities: $2,000 ($0.94)
    Other: $2,000 ($0.94)
  • Miscellaneous - Rents: $7,000 ($3.29)
    General Revenue - Other: $3,000 ($1.41)
    Interest Earnings: $2,000 ($0.94)
    Sale of Property: $1,000 ($0.47)
  • Revenue - Water Utilities: $1,202,000 ($564.32)
    Liquor Stores: $793,000 ($372.30)
  • State Intergovernmental - Highways: $82,000 ($38.50)
  • Tax - Property: $814,000 ($382.16)
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $350,000 ($164.32)
    Motor Vehicle License: $43,000 ($20.19)
    Other License: $17,000 ($7.98)
    Alcoholic Beverage Sales: $4,000 ($1.88)

Spruce Pine government finances - Debt in 2012 (per resident):

  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,330,000 ($624.41)
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,093,000 ($513.15)
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $237,000 ($111.27)

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

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $6,341,000 ($2977.00)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $18,000 ($8.45)
Businesses in Spruce Pine, NC
NameCountNameCount
Advance Auto Parts1McDonald's1
Burger King1Nike1
CVS1Pizza Hut1
Chevrolet1Sears1
FedEx2Subaru1
Ford1Subway2
H&R Block1U-Haul1
KFC1U.S. Cellular1
La-Z-Boy1UPS1
Lane Furniture1Walmart1

Strongest AM radio stations in Spruce Pine:

  • WTOE (1470 AM; 5 kW; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY MEDIA, INC.)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKYK (940 AM; 5 kW; BURNSVILLE, NC; Owner: MARK MEDIA, INC.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WBRM (1250 AM; 5 kW; MARION, NC; Owner: WBRM, INC.)
  • WKJV (1380 AM; 25 kW; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: INTERNATIONAL BAPTIST OUTREACH MISSIONS)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WCSZ (1070 AM; 50 kW; SANS SOUCI, SC; Owner: WHYZ RADIO, L.P.)
  • WWRN (1350 AM; 10 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLACK MOUNTAIN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WWOL (780 AM; daytime; 10 kW; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: HOLLY SPRINGS BAPTIST BROADCASTING CO., INC.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)

Strongest FM radio stations in Spruce Pine:

  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WQNQ (104.3 FM; OLD FORT, NC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)
  • WTPT (93.3 FM; FOREST CITY, NC; Owner: UPSTATE BROADCASTING, LLC)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WAGI-FM (105.3 FM; GAFFNEY, SC; Owner: GAFFNEY BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • W220CD (91.9 FM; ENKA, NC; Owner: CALVARY CHAPEL OF TWIN FALLS, INC.)
  • WSPA-FM (98.9 FM; SPARTANBURG, SC; Owner: ENTERCOM GREENVILLE LICENSE, LLC)

TV broadcast stations around Spruce Pine:

  • W28AO (Channel 28; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W06AD (Channel 6; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: WLOS LICENSEE, LLC)
  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • W10AK (Channel 10; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: WYFF HEARST-ARGYLE TELEVISION, INC.)
  • W08BF (Channel 8; SPRUCE PINE, ETC., NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SO. CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W42AX (Channel 42; BAKERSVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W67DV (Channel 67; BURNSVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W43AU (Channel 43; MARION, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
Spruce Pine fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
Fatal road traffic accident statistics for 1975 - 2017
See more detailed statistics of Spruce Pine fatal car crashes and road traffic accidents for 1975 - 2017 here
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 54Number of bridges
  • 502ft / 153mTotal length
  • $195,000Total costs
  • 161,492Total average daily traffic
  • 15,870Total average daily truck traffic
  • 281,362Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Spruce Pine, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 31920-1929
  • 11930-1939
  • 21940-1949
  • 131950-1959
  • 71960-1969
  • 111970-1979
  • 51980-1989
  • 41990-1999
  • 32000-2009
  • 52010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Spruce Pine, NC
FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers: 2 (See the full list of FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers in Spruce Pine)
FCC Registered Antenna Towers: 24 (See the full list of FCC Registered Antenna Towers)
FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Commercial Land Mobile Towers in Spruce Pine, NC)
FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Private Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Broadcast Land Mobile Towers)
FCC Registered Microwave Towers: 12 (See the full list of FCC Registered Microwave Towers in this town)
FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers: 1 (See the full list of FCC Registered Maritime Coast & Aviation Ground Towers)
FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses: 89 (See the full list of FCC Registered Amateur Radio Licenses in Spruce Pine)

FAA Registered Aircraft: 12 (See the full list of FAA Registered Aircraft in Spruce Pine)

2003 - 2018 National Fire Incident Reporting System (NFIRS) incidents

    Fire incident distribution by year Based on the data from the years 2003 - 2018 the average number of fires per year is 46. The highest number of fire incidents - 79 took place in 2016, and the least - 7 in 2003. The data has a rising trend.
    Fire incident types in Spruce Pine, NC When looking into fire subcategories, the most incidents belonged to: Structure Fires (54.3%), and Outside Fires (26.3%).

    • Fire incident types reported to NFIRS in Spruce Pine, NC
    • 39854.3%Structure Fires
    • 19326.3%Outside Fires
    • 7810.6%Other
    • 648.7%Mobile Property/Vehicle Fires
See full National Fire Incident Reporting System statistics for Spruce Pine, NC
Most common first names in Spruce Pine, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James6673.6 years
William5675.4 years
John5272.0 years
Mary5279.3 years
Robert4574.8 years
Charles3270.5 years
David2767.9 years
Ruth2776.0 years
Paul2669.2 years
George2575.2 years
Most common last names in Spruce Pine, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Buchanan14375.0 years
Mckinney11275.4 years
Burleson7076.5 years
Hollifield5576.3 years
Pitman5573.7 years
Sparks4976.0 years
Woody4874.8 years
Biddix4172.7 years
Duncan4075.7 years
Thomas3974.9 years
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Spruce Pine, NC
  • 33.5%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 28.1%Electricity
  • 12.5%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 12.3%Wood
  • 11.7%Utility gas
  • 1.8%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments in Spruce Pine, NC
  • 70.9%Electricity
  • 27.9%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 1.2%Utility gas


Spruce Pine compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median household income below state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • House age above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher below state average.
There are 10 pilots and 2 other airmen in this city.
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Top Patent Applicants
  • Louis M. Schlesinger (9)
  • Scott D. Goldblatt (2)
  • Naman Renfro (1)
  • Hal Clayton Morgan, Jr. (1)

Total of 13 patent applications in 2008-2020.