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Avery County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2017: 17,920 (11% urban, 89% rural); it was 17,167 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,343
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,754
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,259
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,567 (it was 1,273 in 2000)
% of renters here:

19%
State:

33%

Land area: 247 sq. mi.

Water area: 0.2 sq. mi.

Population density: 73 people per square mile   (average).

March 2019 cost of living index in Avery County: 82.2 (low, U.S. average is 100)

Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (32.5%), Educational, health and social services (20.9%), Construction (13.7%), Retail trade (13.4%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 62%
  • Government: 4%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 34%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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  • Races in Avery County, NC (2017)
    • 15,78992.0%White Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 9415.5%Hispanic or Latino
    • 7444.3%Black Non-Hispanic Alone
    • 1230.7%Two or more races
    • 1180.7%Asian alone
    • 810.5%American Indian and Alaska Native alone
    • 50.03%Some other race alone
Median resident age:

45.0 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years
Males: 9,774  (54.5%)
Females: 8,146  (45.5%)
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Average household size:
Avery County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2017: $38,902 ($30,627 in 1999)
This county:

$38,902
North Carolina:

$52,752

Median contract rent in 2017 for apartments: $576 (lower quartile is $444, upper quartile is $746)
This county:

$576
State:

$698


Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $147,594 (it was $78,900 in 2000)
Avery:

$147,594
North Carolina:

$171,200
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $69,543 - $278,107

Mean price in 2017:

Detached houses: $289,008
Here:

$289,008
State:

$248,152

Townhouses or other attached units: $373,528
Here:

$373,528
State:

$203,169

In 2-unit structures: $493,742
Here:

$493,742
State:

$248,066

In 3-to-4-unit structures: $202,081
Here:

$202,081
State:

$154,617

In 5-or-more-unit structures: $167,087
Here:

$167,087
State:

$203,483

Mobile homes: $63,088
Here:

$63,088
State:

$69,094

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $22,125
Here:

$22,125
State:

$89,133

Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $1,010
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $267

Institutionalized population: 1,950

Crime in 2004 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 1
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 1
  • Assaults: 6
  • Burglaries: 39
  • Thefts: 81
  • Auto thefts: 10
Avery County, NC map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 1997: 119 buildings, average cost: $221,300
  • 1998: 111 buildings, average cost: $183,500
  • 1999: 161 buildings, average cost: $238,200
  • 2000: 142 buildings, average cost: $283,400
  • 2001: 178 buildings, average cost: $251,600
  • 2002: 145 buildings, average cost: $305,300
  • 2003: 163 buildings, average cost: $265,800
  • 2004: 249 buildings, average cost: $223,200
  • 2005: 236 buildings, average cost: $293,600
  • 2006: 231 buildings, average cost: $321,600
  • 2007: 162 buildings, average cost: $407,100
  • 2008: 111 buildings, average cost: $434,200
  • 2009: 73 buildings, average cost: $389,900
  • 2010: 50 buildings, average cost: $435,800
  • 2011: 47 buildings, average cost: $359,300
  • 2012: 40 buildings, average cost: $478,600
  • 2013: 49 buildings, average cost: $562,500
  • 2014: 44 buildings, average cost: $465,200
  • 2015: 47 buildings, average cost: $470,500
  • 2016: 90 buildings, average cost: $390,300
  • 2017: 92 buildings, average cost: $442,200
Number of permits per 10,000 Avery, NC residents
Average permit cost in Avery, NC
Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $914 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $544 (0.5%)

Distribution of median household income in Avery, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Avery, NC in 2017
Distribution of rent paid by renters in Avery, NC in 2017
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 13.3%
Avery County:

13.3%
North Carolina:

14.7%
(11.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 40.8% for Black residents, 37.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 44.4% for American Indian residents, 38.3% for other race residents, 5.4% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2017: 45.0 years old
(Males: 43.3 years old, Females: 47.4 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46.5 years old, Black residents: 43.0 years old, American Indian residents: 33.7 years old, Asian residents: 46.7 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 33.2 years old, Other race residents: 45.1 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Avery County is $475 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $562 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $672 a month.

Cities in this county include: Banner Elk, Newland, Elk Park, Beech Mountain, Crossnore, Sugar Mountain, Seven Devils, Grandfather.

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

2018 air pollution in Avery County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.028 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Clay County, Arkansas , Burke County , Marion County, Arkansas , Macon County, Tennessee , Unicoi County, Tennessee .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

4.4%
North Carolina:

4.1%

Unemployment by year in Avery, NC
County total employment by year in Avery, NC
County average yearly wages by year in Avery, NC

Current college students: 1,024
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 80.9%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 21.3%

Number of foreign born residents: 737 (29.5% naturalized citizens)

Avery County:

4.1%
Whole state:

8.1%
Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • Year of entry for the foreign-born population
  • 982010 or later
  • 2582000 to 2009
  • 2271990 to 1999
  • 1131980 to 1989
  • 451970 to 1979
  • 61Before 1970

Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.9 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 71.0%

Avery County marital status for males Avery County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 9,082
  • One, attached: 422
  • Two: 269
  • 3 or 4: 641
  • 5 to 9: 457
  • 10 to 19: 332
  • 20 to 49: 239
  • 50 or more: 635
  • Mobile homes: 2,354
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 19

Housing units in Avery County with a mortgage: 2,160 (48 second mortgage, 254 home equity loan, 22 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 3,213

Here:

40.0% with mortgage
State:

63.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Avery County

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,71147
Mainline Protestant98013
Catholic3901
Black Protestant1721
Other962
None10,204-
Avery County Religion Details
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.

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Avery County:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.



Number of convenience stores (with gas): 14
Avery County:

7.85 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 22
This county:

12.33 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Avery County:

9.8%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Avery County:

26.5%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

16.0%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Avery County:

Average size of farms: 62 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $56,318
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $2763.36
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 32.20%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 1.24%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $31,312
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 32.54%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 2.44%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $32,853
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 82.42%
Average age of principal farm operators: 54 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 4.63
Vegetables: 43 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 56 acres

Earthquake activity:

Avery County-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 183.6 miles away from Avery County 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 157.0 miles away from the county center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 116.0 miles away from the county center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 73.6 miles away from the county center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 76.5 miles away from Avery County 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 75.6 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • North Carolina Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: July 27, 2013 to July 28, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4153: October 29, 2013, FEMA Id: 4153, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • North Carolina Severe Storms, Flooding, Landslides, and Mudslides, Incident Period: July 03, 2013 to July 14, 2013, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-4146: September 25, 2013, FEMA Id: 4146, Natural disaster type: Storm, Mudslide, Landslide, Flood
  • North Carolina Severe Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 25, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1871: February 02, 2010, FEMA Id: 1871, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • North Carolina Hurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 01, 2005, Emergency Declared EM-3222: September 05, 2005, FEMA Id: 3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Hurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1553: September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: 1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North Carolina Tropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 07, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1546: September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: 1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North Carolina Flooding, Incident Period: January 07, 1998 to February 12, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1200: January 15, 1998, FEMA Id: 1200, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • North Carolina Blizzard, Incident Period: January 06, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1087: January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: 1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North Carolina Severe Storm, High Winds, Flooding, Incident Period: October 04, 1995 to October 06, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared DR-1073: October 23, 1995, FEMA Id: 1073, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • North Carolina Severe Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared EM-3110: March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: 3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • 2 other natural disasters have been reported since 1953.

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).
Means of transportation to work in 2017 - Avery

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 6,235 (78.9%)
  • Carpooled: 883 (11.2%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 49 (0.6%)
  • Taxicab, motorcycle, or other means: 135 (1.7%)
  • Walked: 268 (3.4%)
  • Worked at home: 283 (3.6%)
Class of Workers in 2017
Most common industries in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common industries for males in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (25%)
  • Educational services (15%)
  • Accommodation and food services (10%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Other services, except public administration (5%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)

Most common industries for females in 2017


  • Health care and social assistance (29%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Accommodation and food services (11%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Other services, except public administration (6%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Administrative and support and waste management services (4%)

Most common occupations in 2017 (%)
Males Females
Most common occupations for males in 2017


  • Construction and extraction occupations (18%)
  • Sales and related occupations (11%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Production occupations (6%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)

Most common occupations for females in 2017


  • Office and administrative support occupations (13%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (10%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (7%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (7%)

Most common places of birth for foreign-born residents


  • Mexico (55%)
  • Guatemala (9%)
  • Canada (7%)
  • Korea (3%)
  • England (3%)
  • Nicaragua (3%)
  • Brazil (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Avery County


  • American (16%)
  • English (13%)
  • German (9%)
  • Scotch-Irish (8%)
  • Irish (7%)
  • Scottish (6%)
  • Italian (2%)

Owners and renters by unit type
Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

People in group quarters in Avery County, North Carolina in 2000:

  • 1,237 people in state prisons
  • 339 people in college dormitories (includes college quarters off campus)
  • 149 people in nursing homes
  • 94 people in agriculture workers' dormitories on farms
  • 31 people in homes or halfway houses for drug/alcohol abuse
  • 10 people in hospitals/wards and hospices for chronically ill
  • 10 people in other hospitals or wards for chronically ill
  • 5 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 5 people in homes for the mentally retarded
  • 4 people in mental (psychiatric) hospitals or wards

People in group quarters in Avery County, North Carolina in 2010:

  • 1,742 people in state prisons
  • 371 people in college/university student housing
  • 97 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 81 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
  • 56 people in group homes intended for adults
  • 36 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 30 people in local jails and other municipal confinement facilities
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $45,106.

6.11% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($39,943 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

6.11%
North Carolina average:

7.88%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
4.22% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($26,017 average AGI)
1.88% relocated from other states ($13,926 average AGI)
Avery County:

1.88%
North Carolina average:

3.75%

Residents relocating <b>from</b> other counties or countries

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Watauga County, NC  1.24% ($19,338 average AGI)
from Mitchell County, NC  0.47% ($26,815)


5.88% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($48,649 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.88%
North Carolina average:

7.23%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.60% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($27,268 average AGI)
2.27% relocated to other states ($21,378 average AGI)
Avery County:

2.27%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Residents relocating <b>to</b> other counties or countries

Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Watauga County, NC  0.73% ($45,571 average AGI)
to Carter County, TN  0.42% ($41,708)
to Burke County, NC  0.38% ($28,455)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.7
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 9.7

Births per 1000 population in Avery County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 10.6
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 10.5

Deaths per 1000 population in Avery County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.5

Infant deaths per 1000 population in Avery County
Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 24.6%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.6%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Avery County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19
Population without health insurance coverage in Avery County
18-64 population without health insurance coverage in Avery County
40-64 population without health insurance coverage in Avery County
50-64 population without health insurance coverage in Avery County
Population under 19 years without health insurance coverage in Avery County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 3,301 (2,738 aged, 563 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 546 (17%)
Persons enrolled in Medicare
Aged persons enrolled in Medicare
Disabled persons enrolled in Medicare

Most common underlying causes of death in Avery County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (204)
  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (186)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (171)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (129)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (129)
  • Congestive heart failure (125)
  • Atherosclerotic cardiovascular disease, so described (115)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (106)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (81)
  • Unspecified dementia (80)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 15%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 12%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 5.62
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 14,360
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 394
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 55,830

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 822
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1,230
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 11

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 25
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 68

Suicides per 1,000,000 population from 2000 to 2006: 169.1. This is more than state average.

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,920
  • In family households: 12,256 (2,107 male householders, 2,416 female householders)
    3,625 spouses, 3,109 children (2,940 natural, 93 adopted, 74 stepchildren), 378 grandchildren, 69 brothers or sisters, 112 parents, 254 other relatives, 166 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 2,692 (1,213 male householders (976 living alone)), 1,133 female householders (946 living alone)), 350 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,909

Size of family households: 2,661 2-persons, 968 3-persons, 645 4-persons, 201 5-persons, 48 6-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,919 1-person, 414 2-persons, 14 3-persons.

1,584 married couples with children.
656 single-parent households (330 men, 326 women).

93.7% of residents of Avery speak English at home.
5.3% of residents speak Spanish at home (68% speak English very well, 11% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (50% speak English very well, 50% speak English well, 1% speak English not well).
0.4% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (91% speak English very well, 9% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak other language at home (100% speak English very well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $104,976,000 ($5,902 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $3,671,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $49,447,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $25,503,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $111,000
Federal grants: $26,125,000
Federal procurement contracts: $990,000 ($295,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,799,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $690,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $1,056,000
Federal Government insurance: $17,148,000

Population change from April 1, 2000 to July 1, 2005:

Births: 939
Here:

53 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 1,025
Here:

58 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +129
Here:

+7 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +455
Here:

+26 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents
Population growth in Avery County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.12 millions of gallons per day (all from ground)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.7
State:

6.3

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.8
State:

4.5

Year house built in Avery County, North Carolina
  • Year house built in Avery County, North Carolina
  • 652014 or later
  • 2652010 to 2013
  • 2,3072000 to 2009
  • 2,3731990 to 1999
  • 3,6281980 to 1989
  • 2,5961970 to 1979
  • 7351960 to 1969
  • 7401950 to 1959
  • 5201940 to 1949
  • 8601939 or earlier
Rooms in houses/apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Avery County, North Carolina
  • Rooms in owner-occupied houses in Avery County, North Carolina
  • 01 room
  • 1392 rooms
  • 2403 rooms
  • 7604 rooms
  • 1,3365 rooms
  • 1,1706 rooms
  • 7907 rooms
  • 2998 rooms
  • 5999+ rooms
Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
  • Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
  • 91 room
  • 672 rooms
  • 2643 rooms
  • 3164 rooms
  • 4995 rooms
  • 2126 rooms
  • 627 rooms
  • 318 rooms
  • 999+ rooms
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Avery County, North Carolina
  • Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses in Avery County, North Carolina
  • 17no bedroom
  • 2181 bedroom
  • 1,2562 bedrooms
  • 2,8103 bedrooms
  • 7234 bedrooms
  • 2465+ bedrooms
Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
  • Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
  • 9no bedroom
  • 2071 bedroom
  • 7072 bedrooms
  • 5533 bedrooms
  • 414 bedrooms
  • 335+ bedrooms
Cars and other vehicles available in Avery County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
Cars and other vehicles available in Avery County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Avery County in owner-occupied houses/condos
  • 218no vehicle
  • 1,4561 vehicle
  • 2,0052 vehicles
  • 1,1403 vehicles
  • 3904 vehicles
  • 885+ vehicles
Cars and other vehicles available in Avery County in renter-occupied apartments
  • Cars and other vehicles available in Avery County in renter-occupied apartments
  • 85no vehicle
  • 7641 vehicle
  • 4812 vehicles
  • 2013 vehicles
  • 364 vehicles
  • 05+ vehicles

87.2% of Avery County residents lived in the same house 1 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 20% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 81% lived in North Carolina.

Avery County:

87.2%
State average:

85.1%

Place of birth for U.S.-born residents:

  • This state: 11,739
  • Other state: 5,227
  • Northeast: 1,000
  • Midwest: 936
  • South: 2,867
  • West: 408
Year householders moved into unit in Avery County, NC
Most commonly used house heating fuel in Avery County
Houses and condos Apartments
Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos
  • 31.9%Electricity
  • 27.6%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 20.4%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 14.7%Wood
  • 3.5%Utility gas
  • 1.6%Other fuel
  • 0.3%No fuel used
Most commonly used house heating fuel in apartments
  • 51.8%Electricity
  • 18.0%Fuel oil, kerosene, etc.
  • 17.1%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 9.4%Wood
  • 3.5%Utility gas
  • 0.2%No fuel used

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 118
Here:

10.3%
North Carolina:

10.1%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 77
Here:

8.5%
North Carolina:

10.3%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 695
Here:

50.3%
North Carolina:

17.9%

Educational Attainment
School Enrollment by Level of School
Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Noninstitutionalized Residents
Age and Sex of Noninstitutionalized Residents with Employment Disability

Avery County government finances - Expenditure in 2012:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $978,000
  • Charges - Other: $846,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $368,000
    Solid Waste Management: $324,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $173,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $2,363,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Housing and Community Development: $20,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $22,991,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,972,000
    Police Protection: $2,725,000
    Health - Other: $2,407,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,860,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,565,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,235,000
    General - Other: $1,073,000
    Financial Administration: $950,000
    General Public Buildings: $738,000
    Transit Utilities: $568,000
    Parks and Recreation: $449,000
    Central Staff Services: $356,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $345,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $148,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $113,000
    Housing and Community Development: $85,000
    Libraries: $78,000
    Air Transportation: $50,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,211,000
    General Local Government Support: $525,000
    Education: $177,000
    Transit Utilities: $72,000
    Other: $59,000
    Housing and Community Development: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,074,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $56,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $4,546,000
    Other: $52,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,393,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,316,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,077,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $211,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $73,000
    Sale of Property: $59,000
    Interest Earnings: $45,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $779,000
    Police Protection: $550,000
    Solid Waste Management: $194,000
    Transit Utilities: $190,000
    Health - Other: $103,000
    General Public Building: $84,000
    Financial Administration: $60,000
    Parks and Recreation: $60,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $25,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $16,000
    General - Other: $4,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $19,747,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $17,963,000
    Transit Utilities: $427,000
    Other: $331,000
    Public Welfare: $267,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,023,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,672,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $342,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $79,000
    Other License: $34,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,445,000

Avery County government finances - Revenue in 2012:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $978,000
  • Charges - Other: $846,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $368,000
    Solid Waste Management: $324,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $173,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $2,363,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Housing and Community Development: $20,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $22,991,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,972,000
    Police Protection: $2,725,000
    Health - Other: $2,407,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,860,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,565,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,235,000
    General - Other: $1,073,000
    Financial Administration: $950,000
    General Public Buildings: $738,000
    Transit Utilities: $568,000
    Parks and Recreation: $449,000
    Central Staff Services: $356,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $345,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $148,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $113,000
    Housing and Community Development: $85,000
    Libraries: $78,000
    Air Transportation: $50,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,211,000
    General Local Government Support: $525,000
    Education: $177,000
    Transit Utilities: $72,000
    Other: $59,000
    Housing and Community Development: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,074,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $56,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $4,546,000
    Other: $52,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,393,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,316,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,077,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $211,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $73,000
    Sale of Property: $59,000
    Interest Earnings: $45,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $779,000
    Police Protection: $550,000
    Solid Waste Management: $194,000
    Transit Utilities: $190,000
    Health - Other: $103,000
    General Public Building: $84,000
    Financial Administration: $60,000
    Parks and Recreation: $60,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $25,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $16,000
    General - Other: $4,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $19,747,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $17,963,000
    Transit Utilities: $427,000
    Other: $331,000
    Public Welfare: $267,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,023,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,672,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $342,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $79,000
    Other License: $34,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,445,000

Avery County government finances - Debt in 2012:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $978,000
  • Charges - Other: $846,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $368,000
    Solid Waste Management: $324,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $173,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $2,363,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Housing and Community Development: $20,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $22,991,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,972,000
    Police Protection: $2,725,000
    Health - Other: $2,407,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,860,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,565,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,235,000
    General - Other: $1,073,000
    Financial Administration: $950,000
    General Public Buildings: $738,000
    Transit Utilities: $568,000
    Parks and Recreation: $449,000
    Central Staff Services: $356,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $345,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $148,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $113,000
    Housing and Community Development: $85,000
    Libraries: $78,000
    Air Transportation: $50,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,211,000
    General Local Government Support: $525,000
    Education: $177,000
    Transit Utilities: $72,000
    Other: $59,000
    Housing and Community Development: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,074,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $56,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $4,546,000
    Other: $52,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,393,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,316,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,077,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $211,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $73,000
    Sale of Property: $59,000
    Interest Earnings: $45,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $779,000
    Police Protection: $550,000
    Solid Waste Management: $194,000
    Transit Utilities: $190,000
    Health - Other: $103,000
    General Public Building: $84,000
    Financial Administration: $60,000
    Parks and Recreation: $60,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $25,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $16,000
    General - Other: $4,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $19,747,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $17,963,000
    Transit Utilities: $427,000
    Other: $331,000
    Public Welfare: $267,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,023,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,672,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $342,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $79,000
    Other License: $34,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,445,000

Avery County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012:

  • Assistance and Subsidies - Public Welfare, Cash Assistance Programs - Other: $978,000
  • Charges - Other: $846,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Lunch: $368,000
    Solid Waste Management: $324,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education School Tuition and Transportation: $173,000
    Parks and Recreation: $55,000
  • Construction - Correctional Institutions: $2,363,000
    Elementary and Secondary Education: $235,000
    Housing and Community Development: $20,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary and Secondary Education: $22,991,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $2,972,000
    Police Protection: $2,725,000
    Health - Other: $2,407,000
    Local Fire Protection: $1,860,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,565,000
    Correctional Institutions: $1,235,000
    General - Other: $1,073,000
    Financial Administration: $950,000
    General Public Buildings: $738,000
    Transit Utilities: $568,000
    Parks and Recreation: $449,000
    Central Staff Services: $356,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $345,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $148,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $113,000
    Housing and Community Development: $85,000
    Libraries: $78,000
    Air Transportation: $50,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $2,211,000
    General Local Government Support: $525,000
    Education: $177,000
    Transit Utilities: $72,000
    Other: $59,000
    Housing and Community Development: $44,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $1,074,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local - Other - Elementary and Secondary Education: $56,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Public Welfare: $140,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Education: $4,546,000
    Other: $52,000
  • Long Term Debt - Beginning Outstanding - Unspecified Public Purpose: $9,393,000
    Outstanding Unspecified Public Purpose: $8,316,000
    Retired Unspecified Public Purpose: $1,077,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue - Other: $258,000
    Donations From Private Sources: $211,000
    Fines and Forfeits: $73,000
    Sale of Property: $59,000
    Interest Earnings: $45,000
    Rents: $3,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $779,000
    Police Protection: $550,000
    Solid Waste Management: $194,000
    Transit Utilities: $190,000
    Health - Other: $103,000
    General Public Building: $84,000
    Financial Administration: $60,000
    Parks and Recreation: $60,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation - Other: $25,000
    Public Welfare - Other: $16,000
    General - Other: $4,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $3,000
    Correctional Institutions: $3,000
    Central Staff Services: $1,000
    Housing and Community Development: $1,000
  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $19,747,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $17,963,000
    Transit Utilities: $427,000
    Other: $331,000
    Public Welfare: $267,000
    Housing and Community Development: $10,000
  • Tax - Property: $17,023,000
    General Sales and Gross Receipts: $3,672,000
    Documentary and Stock Transfer: $342,000
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $79,000
    Other License: $34,000
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $14,445,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 392
  • Number of aged recipients: 80
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 312
  • Number of recipients under 18: 29
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 217
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 146
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 186
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 139
Most common first names in Avery County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
James10975.1 years
William10977.3 years
Mary9078.1 years
John8574.8 years
Robert7372.3 years
Charles6974.6 years
George4377.2 years
Thomas3871.5 years
Margaret3773.4 years
Paul3474.7 years
Most common last names in Avery County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Johnson10077.2 years
Hughes9675.0 years
Hicks9573.0 years
Buchanan9474.0 years
Vance6674.5 years
Clark6573.1 years
Townsend5878.6 years
Smith5480.0 years
Carpenter5377.1 years
Taylor5372.7 years
Businesses in Avery County, NC
NameCountNameCount
Best Western1MasterBrand Cabinets2
CVS1McDonald's2
Decora Cabinetry2Quiznos1
Dunkin Donuts1RadioShack1
FedEx4Rite Aid1
H&R Block2Subway2
Jimmy John's2True Value1
Kincaid1U-Haul1
La-Z-Boy1UPS3
Lowe's1Vans1

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