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Avery County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2014: 17,773 (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: 72 people per square mile   (average).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Avery County: 83.0 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (21.2%), Educational, health and social services (20.9%), Retail trade (20.4%), Agriculture,forestry,fishing and hunting, and mining (13.8%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 72%
  • Government: 9%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 19%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Avery County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (90.1%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (4.5%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (4.0%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)
Median resident age:  42.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 9,676  (54.4%)
Females: 8,097  (45.6%)
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Avery County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Avery County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $36,627 ($30,627 in 1999)

This county:

$36627
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $556 (lower quartile is $355, upper quartile is $767)
This county:

$556
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $141,442 (it was $78,900 in 2000)
Avery:

$141,442
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $77,472 - $250,203
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $937
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $266

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
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 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
  • 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

Number of permits per 10,000 residents

Average cost (in $1000s)

Presidential Elections Results

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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2013: $617 (0.4%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $514 (0.4%)

Avery County household income distribution in 2009 Avery County home values distribution Avery County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.0%
(16.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 72.3% for Black residents, 55.5% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 51.8% for other race residents, 13.7% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 18.5%
Avery County:

18.5%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(17.0% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 72.7% for Black residents, 52.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 47.3% for other race residents, 14.5% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 42 years old
(Males: 41 years old, Females: 46 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 45 years old, Black residents: 29 years old, American Indian residents: 37 years old, Asian residents: 35 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 27 years old, Other race residents: 21 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

2012 air pollution in Avery County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.025 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below 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:

5.2%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 1,024
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.6%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 14.5%

Number of foreign born residents: 438 (26% naturalized citizens)

Avery County:

2.6%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 153
  • 1990 to 1994: 66
  • 1985 to 1989: 33
  • 1980 to 1984: 80
  • 1975 to 1979: 34
  • 1970 to 1974: 11
  • 1970 to 1974: 22
  • 1965 to 1969: 39

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: 7,857
  • One, attached: 142
  • Two: 211
  • 3 or 4: 441
  • 5 to 9: 285
  • 10 to 19: 335
  • 20 or more: 739
  • Mobile homes: 1,857
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 44

Housing units in Avery County with a mortgage: 1,531 (141 second mortgage, 166 home equity loan, 16 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,683

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Avery County

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 CarolinaSevere Winter Storms and Flooding, Incident Period: December 18, 2009 to December 25, 2009, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1871): February 2, 2010, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1871, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Flood
  • North CarolinaHurricane Katrina Evacuation, Incident Period: August 29, 2005 to October 1, 2005, Emergency Declared (EM-3222): September 5, 2005, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3222, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaHurricane Ivan, Incident Period: September 16, 2004 to September 23, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1553): September 18, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1553, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaTropical Storm Frances, Incident Period: September 7, 2004 to September 12, 2004, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1546): September 10, 2004, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1546, Natural disaster type: Tropical Storm
  • North CarolinaFlooding, Incident Period: January 7, 1998 to February 12, 1998, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1200): January 15, 1998, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1200, Natural disaster type: Flood
  • North CarolinaBlizzard, Incident Period: January 6, 1996 to January 12, 1996, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1087): January 13, 1996, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1087, Natural disaster type: Blizzard
  • North CarolinaSevere Storm, High Winds, Flooding, Incident Period: October 4, 1995 to October 6, 1995, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-1073): October 23, 1995, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-1073, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood, Wind
  • North CarolinaSevere Snowfall and Winter Storm, Incident Period: March 13, 1993 to March 17, 1993, Emergency Declared (EM-3110): March 17, 1993, FEMA Id: FEMA-EM-3110, Natural disaster type: Winter Storm, Snowfall
  • North CarolinaHURRICANE HUGO, Incident Period: September 21, 1989 to September 22, 1989, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-844): September 25, 1989, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-844, Natural disaster type: Hurricane
  • North CarolinaSEVERE STORMS, FLOODING, Incident Period: November 9, 1977, Major Disaster (Presidential) Declared (DR-542): November 9, 1977, FEMA Id: FEMA-DR-542, Natural disaster type: Storm, Flood

The number of natural disasters in Avery County (10) is near the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 8
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (20%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Retail trade (12%)
  • Other services, except public administration (9%)
  • Manufacturing (5%)
  • Accommodation and food services (4%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (4%)
  • Health care and social assistance (23%)
  • Educational services (17%)
  • Retail trade (14%)
  • Other services, except public administration (10%)
  • Manufacturing (6%)
  • Accommodation and food services (5%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (18%)
  • Management occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (7%)
  • Transportation occupations (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Production occupations (5%)
  • Sales and related occupations (16%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (15%)
  • Healthcare support occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (7%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (6%)

Most common places of birth for the foreign-born residents (%):

  • Mexico (54%)
  • Germany (9%)
  • Canada (5%)
  • Cambodia (4%)
  • United Kingdom (4%)
  • India (3%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (3%)

Most common first ancestries reported in Avery County (%):

  • United States or American (30%)
  • English (16%)
  • German (10%)
  • Scotch-Irish (8%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scottish (6%)
  • European (1%)

Avery County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,126 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 1,376 (20%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 16 (0%)
  • Bicycle: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 230 (3%)
  • Other means: 33 (0%)
  • Worked at home: 266 (4%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

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 $39,022.

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

Here:

5.64%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.34% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($19,310 average AGI)
2.30% relocated from other states ($15,810 average AGI)
Avery County:

2.30%
North Carolina average:

3.45%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2010 and 2011:
from Watauga County, NC  0.79% ($31,256 average AGI)
from Mitchell County, NC  0.39% ($25,571)
from Carter County, TN  0.31% ($25,824)
from Mecklenburg County, NC  0.24% ($38,077)
from Burke County, NC  0.22% ($33,667)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.20% ($16,091)


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

Here:

6.12%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.83% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($22,500 average AGI)
2.29% relocated to other states ($12,287 average AGI)
Avery County:

2.29%
North Carolina average:

3.07%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2010 and 2011:
to Watauga County, NC  0.95% ($30,981 average AGI)
to Mitchell County, NC  0.42% ($22,478)
to Carter County, TN  0.40% ($27,909)
to Burke County, NC  0.29% ($27,875)
to Mecklenburg County, NC  0.26% ($46,143)
to McDowell County, NC  0.20% ($18,909)
to Wake County, NC  0.18% ($44,900)

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 live births 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

Percentage of population 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 hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Aged persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare)

Disabled persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (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: 14359.61
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 393.570
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 55830.43

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 821.950
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1230.090
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 11.34

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 25.41
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 68.02

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

Household type by relationship:

Households: 15,383
  • In family households: 12,626 (3,222 male householders, 1,200 female householders)
    3,530 spouses, 3,768 children (3,485 natural, 105 adopted, 178 stepchildren), 278 grandchildren, 102 brothers or sisters, 108 parents, 124 other relatives, 226 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 2,757 (1,028 male householders (816 living alone)), 1,214 female householders (1,056 living alone)), 515 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 2,414 (1,950 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 2,340 2-persons, 982 3-persons, 715 4-persons, 259 5-persons, 78 6-persons, 48 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,872 1-person, 299 2-persons, 31 3-persons, 26 4-persons, 8 5-persons, 2 6-persons, 4 7-or-more-persons.

2,386 married couples with children.
630 single-parent households (175 men, 455 women).

95.3% of residents of Avery County speak English at home.
2.9% of residents speak Spanish at home (30% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 47% speak English not well, 7% don't speak English at all).
1.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (81% speak English very well, 13% speak English well, 2% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (46% speak English very well, 19% speak English well, 35% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $104,976,000 ($5902 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:

5.6
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 26
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,899
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,543
  • 1980 to 1989: 3,751
  • 1970 to 1979: 2,333
  • 1960 to 1969: 1,117
  • 1950 to 1959: 736
  • 1940 to 1949: 492
  • 1939 or earlier: 912
Rooms in houses/apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 11
  • 2 rooms: 54
  • 3 rooms: 164
  • 4 rooms: 740
  • 5 rooms: 1,497
  • 6 rooms: 1,265
  • 7 rooms: 724
  • 8 rooms: 408
  • 9+ rooms: 396
  • 1 room: 5
  • 2 rooms: 89
  • 3 rooms: 225
  • 4 rooms: 326
  • 5 rooms: 306
  • 6 rooms: 207
  • 7 rooms: 52
  • 8 rooms: 23
  • 9+ rooms: 40
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Avery County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 11
  • 1 bedroom: 190
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,485
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,684
  • 4 bedrooms: 713
  • 5+ bedrooms: 176
  • no bedroom: 5
  • 1 bedroom: 301
  • 2 bedrooms: 508
  • 3 bedrooms: 353
  • 4 bedrooms: 84
  • 5+ bedrooms: 22
Cars and other vehicles available in Avery County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 375
  • 1 vehicle: 1,378
  • 2 vehicles: 1,928
  • 3 vehicles: 1,102
  • 4 vehicles: 331
  • 5+ vehicles: 145
  • no vehicle: 155
  • 1 vehicle: 478
  • 2 vehicles: 525
  • 3 vehicles: 107
  • 4 vehicles: 5
  • 5+ vehicles: 3

62% of Avery County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 39% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 60% lived in North Carolina.

Avery County:

62.4%
State average:

54.4%

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

  • This state: 12521
  • Northeast: 681
  • Midwest: 626
  • South: 2601
  • West: 222

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $85,000


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 1%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Avery County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (59.5%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.3%)
  • Electricity (15.3%)
  • Wood (8.1%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (50.7%)
  • Electricity (33.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.4%)
  • Wood (6.4%)
  • Utility gas (0.6%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 101
Here:

6.8%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 102
Here:

10.9%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 460
Here:

50.2%
North Carolina:

20.2%

Educational Attainment (%)

School Enrollment by Level of School (%)

Age and Sex of Sensory-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Physically-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Mentally-Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Self-Care Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Go-Outside-Home Disabled Residents (Noninstitutionalized)

Age and Sex of Residents with Employment Disability (Noninstitutionalized)

Avery County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Central Staff Services: $503,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education: $148,000
    General Public Buildings: $133,000
    Solid Waste Management: $44,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $14,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary & Secondary Education: $18,551,000
    General - Other: $1,405,000
    Solid Waste Management: $1,055,000
    Welfare - Other: $969,000
    Health Services - Other: $863,000
    Police Protection: $695,000
    Fire Protection: $676,000
    Financial Administration: $585,000
    Welfare, Cash Assistance - Other: $506,000
    General Public Buildings: $431,000
    Central Staff Services: $398,000
    Transit Utilities: $378,000
    Corrections - Other: $367,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $191,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $168,000
    Parks & Recreation: $133,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $78,000
    Libraries: $56,000
    Housing & Community Development: $10,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $655,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $461,000
    Health: $187,000
  • Intergovernmental to State - Welfare: $1,361,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Elementary and Secondary Education: $2,485,000
    Central Staff: $132,000
    Police Protection: $99,000
    Health - Other: $87,000
    Solid Waste Management: $73,000
    Transit Utilities: $48,000
    General Public Building: $23,000
    Financial Administration: $19,000
    Welfare - Other: $14,000
    General - Other: $7,000
    Natural Resource - Other: $4,000
    Parks & Recreation: $3,000
    Corrections - Other: $1,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $17,170,000

Avery County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $586,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education School Lunch: $352,000
    Solid Waste Management: $225,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education - Other: $134,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education School Tuition: $117,000
    Parks & Recreation: $18,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - All Other: $137,000
    Transit Utilities: $116,000
  • Local Intergovernmental - Public Welfare: $36,000
    All Other: $33,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $4,151,000
    Interest Earnings: $382,000
    Rents: $14,000
  • Revenue - Transit Utilities: $10,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $15,086,000
    Public Welfare: $1,367,000
    All Other: $518,000
    General Support: $421,000
    Housing & Community Development: $32,000
  • Tax - Property: $9,629,000
    Total General Sales: $3,161,000
    NEC: $321,000

Avery County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, Education, NEC: $14,421,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding Nonguaranteed - Elementary and Secondary Education: $13,311,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Elementary and Secondary Education: $1,110,000

Avery County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $7,542,000

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
Avery County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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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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