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Swain County, North Carolina (NC)

County population in 2014: 14,274 (all rural); it was 12,968 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 1,906
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 2,296
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 3,949
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,470 (it was 1,188 in 2000)
% of renters here:

23%
State:

33%

Land area: 528 sq. mi.

Water area: 12.5 sq. mi.

Population density: 27 people per square mile   (low).

Mar. 2016 cost of living index in Swain County: 82.3 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Arts, entertainment, recreation, accommodation and food services (27.2%), Educational, health and social services (14.0%), Professional, scientific, management, administrative, and waste management services (13.2%), Wholesale trade (11.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 60%
  • Government: 15%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 24%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Swain County, North Carolina:

  • White Non-Hispanic Alone (65.6%)
  • American Indian and Alaska Native alone (25.7%)
  • Two or more races (3.9%)
  • Hispanic or Latino (3.9%)
  • Black Non-Hispanic Alone (0.5%)
  • Asian alone (0.5%)
Median resident age:  40.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years
Males: 6,954  (48.7%)
Females: 7,320  (51.3%)
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Swain County,NC real estate house value trend

Average household size:
Swain County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people
Estimated median household income in 2013: $35,760 ($28,608 in 1999)

This county:

$35760
North Carolina:

$45906

Median contract rent in 2013 for apartments: $478 (lower quartile is $334, upper quartile is $625)
This county:

$478
State:

$619


Estimated median house or condo value in 2013: $133,104 (it was $80,000 in 2000)
Swain:

$133,104
North Carolina:

$154,300
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $74,310 - $198,982
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $996
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $228

Institutionalized population: 170

Crime in 2005 (reported by the sheriff's office or county police, not the county total):

  • Murders: 3
  • Rapes: 2
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 29
  • Burglaries: 58
  • Thefts: 150
  • Auto thefts: 19

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

  • Murders: 0
  • Rapes: 5
  • Robberies: 0
  • Assaults: 14
  • Burglaries: 44
  • Thefts: 166
  • Auto thefts: 18
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Single-family new house construction building permits:

  • 2000: 105 buildings, average cost: $82,200
  • 2001: 103 buildings, average cost: $85,900
  • 2002: 121 buildings, average cost: $84,800
  • 2003: 136 buildings, average cost: $88,100
  • 2004: 136 buildings, average cost: $141,000
  • 2007: 118 buildings, average cost: $208,000
  • 2008: 70 buildings, average cost: $170,000
  • 2009: 46 buildings, average cost: $154,800
  • 2010: 46 buildings, average cost: $201,300
  • 2011: 54 buildings, average cost: $185,600
  • 2012: 38 buildings, average cost: $169,300
  • 2013: 41 buildings, average cost: $211,300
  • 2014: 50 buildings, average cost: $211,000

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: $736 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2013: $513 (0.4%)

Swain County household income distribution in 2009 Swain County home values distribution Swain County contract rent distribution in 2009
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 27.2%
(15.9% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 97.3% for Black residents, 27.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 50.0% for American Indian residents, 56.5% for other race residents, 24.9% for two or more races residents)

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2013: 27.9%
Swain County:

27.9%
North Carolina:

17.9%
(16.6% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 98.8% for Black residents, 26.6% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 47.3% for American Indian residents, 51.6% for other race residents, 26.3% for two or more races residents)

Median age of residents in 2013: 40 years old
(Males: 39 years old, Females: 42 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 48 years old, Black residents: 19 years old, American Indian residents: 32 years old, Asian residents: 20 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 30 years old, Other race residents: 24 years old)

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Swain County is $420 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $660 a month.

Cities in this county include: Cherokee, Bryson City.

Swain 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 Swain County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.025 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Below U.S. average.
Particulate Matter (PM2.5) Annual: 8.3 µg/m3(standard limit: 15.0 µg/m3). Near U.S. average.

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Neighboring counties: Randolph County , Williamson County, Tennessee .

Unemployment in September 2015:
Here:

6.6%
North Carolina:

5.4%

Unemployment by year (%)

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)

Current college students: 438
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 70.5%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.9%

Number of foreign born residents: 125 (47% naturalized citizens)

Swain County:

1.0%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population

  • 1995 to March 2000: 20
  • 1990 to 1994: 8
  • 1985 to 1989: 6
  • 1980 to 1984: 33
  • 1975 to 1979: 18
  • 1970 to 1974: 3
  • 1970 to 1974: 24
  • 1965 to 1969: 13

Mean travel time to work (commute): 20.8 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 71.5%

Swain County marital status for males Swain County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 5,023
  • One, attached: 56
  • Two: 88
  • 3 or 4: 146
  • 5 to 9: 115
  • 10 to 19: 4
  • Mobile homes: 1,614
  • Boats, RVs, vans, etc.: 59

Housing units in Swain County with a mortgage: 1,071 (88 second mortgage, 120 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,419

Here:

0.0% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage

Religion statistics for Swain County

ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant4,50136
Mainline Protestant4684
Catholic1902
Other20-
None8,654-
Swain 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: 4
Swain County:

2.98 / 10,000 pop.
State:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 2
This county:

1.49 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 11
Swain County:

8.20 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 22
This county:

16.40 / 10,000 pop.
State:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Swain County:

11.6%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Swain County:

28.1%
State:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Here:

13.3%
State:

15.6%

Agriculture in Swain County:

Average size of farms: 86 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $13,768
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 8.14%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $12,834
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 21.18%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $57,059
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 90.36%
Average age of principal farm operators: 59 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 9.52
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 6.19%
Corn for grain: 41 harvested acres
Vegetables: 48 harvested acres

Earthquake activity:

Swain County-area historical earthquake activity is above North Carolina state average. It is 79% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML, Class: Light, Intensity: IV - V) earthquake occurred 39.0 miles away from Swain County center
On 8/2/1974 at 08:52:09, a magnitude 4.9 (4.3 MB, 4.9 LG) earthquake occurred 120.3 miles away from the county center
On 7/27/1980 at 18:52:21, a magnitude 5.2 (5.1 MB, 4.7 MS, 5.0 UK, 5.2 UK, Class: Moderate, Intensity: VI - VII) earthquake occurred 194.5 miles away from the county 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 139.4 miles away from the county center
On 4/18/2008 at 09:36:59, a magnitude 5.4 (5.1 MB, 4.8 MS, 5.4 MW, 5.2 MW, Depth: 8.9 mi) earthquake occurred 322.7 miles away from Swain County center
On 9/7/1988 at 02:28:09, a magnitude 4.6 (4.5 MB, 4.6 LG) earthquake occurred 189.7 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS), moment magnitude (MW)

Most recent natural disasters:

  • 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 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

The number of natural disasters in Swain County (5) is smaller than the US average (12).
Major Disasters (Presidential) Declared: 3
Emergencies Declared: 2

Class of Workers

Most common industries in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Health care and social assistance (21%)
  • Accommodation and food services (12%)
  • Educational services (11%)
  • Public administration (10%)
  • Retail trade (7%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (5%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
  • Health care and social assistance (24%)
  • Accommodation and food services (13%)
  • Educational services (12%)
  • Public administration (11%)
  • Retail trade (8%)
  • Arts, entertainment, and recreation (6%)
  • Real estate and rental and leasing (5%)
Most common occupations in 2013 (%)
Males Females
  • Construction and extraction occupations (13%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Production occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (8%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (8%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (6%)
  • Office and administrative support occupations (17%)
  • Food preparation and serving related occupations (11%)
  • Sales and related occupations (10%)
  • Management occupations (10%)
  • Education, training, and library occupations (9%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (9%)
  • Health diagnosing and treating practitioners and other technical occupations (8%)

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

  • Mexico (43%)
  • United Kingdom (13%)
  • Poland (12%)
  • India (10%)
  • Philippines (4%)
  • Peru (4%)
  • Vietnam (3%)

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

  • United States or American (16%)
  • Irish (8%)
  • Scotch-Irish (8%)
  • German (7%)
  • English (7%)
  • French (except Basque) (2%)
  • Scottish (2%)

Swain County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 4,031 (77%)
  • Carpooled: 814 (16%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 2 (0%)
  • Walked: 129 (2%)
  • Other means: 73 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 181 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders ($)


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

  • 188 people in nursing homes
  • 154 people in job corps and vocational training facilities
  • 38 people in local jails and other confinement facilities (including police lockups)
  • 26 people in other group homes
  • 9 people in other noninstitutional group quarters

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

  • 144 people in nursing facilities/skilled-nursing facilities
  • 73 people in workers' group living quarters and job corps centers
  • 26 people in group homes for juveniles (non-correctional)
Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2010 was $36,440.

5.40% of this county's 2011 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2010 ($29,504 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.40%
North Carolina average:

7.13%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
3.07% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($15,470 average AGI)
2.33% relocated from other states ($14,035 average AGI)
Swain County:

2.33%
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 Jackson County, NC  1.63% ($26,752 average AGI)
from Buncombe County, NC  0.23% ($32,200)
from Haywood County, NC  0.23% ($29,867)
from Graham County, NC  0.19% ($36,250)


5.59% of this county's 2010 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2011 ($25,447 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.59%
North Carolina average:

6.77%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
3.15% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($15,350 average AGI)
2.44% relocated to other states ($10,097 average AGI)
Swain County:

2.44%
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 Jackson County, NC  1.71% ($25,555 average AGI)
to Buncombe County, NC  0.20% ($25,615)
to Haywood County, NC  0.20% ($39,154)
to Macon County, NC  0.20% ($24,385)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 14.3
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 13.7

Births per 1000 population in Swain County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.8
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 12.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2007 to 2014: 13.0

Deaths per 1000 population in Swain County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 11.1
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 7.9

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Swain County

Population without health insurance coverage in 2013: 22.5%
Persons under 19 years old without health insurance coverage in 2013: 10.0%
Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Swain County
All 18-64 40-64 50-64 Under 19

Percentage of population without health insurance coverage in Swain County


Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2007: 2,903 (2,249 aged, 654 disabled)
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2007: 619 (20%)

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 Swain County, North Carolina in 1999 - 2014:

  • Acute myocardial infarction, unspecified (281)
  • Bronchus or lung, unspecified - Malignant neoplasms (161)
  • Chronic obstructive pulmonary disease, unspecified (126)
  • Atherosclerotic heart disease (105)
  • Stroke, not specified as haemorrhage or infarction (94)
  • Alzheimer's disease, unspecified (88)
  • Unspecified dementia (85)
  • Pneumonia, unspecified (80)
  • Congestive heart failure (57)
  • Unspecified diabetes mellitus, without complications (49)

Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 17%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%

Short term general hospitals per 100,000 population in 2004: 15.21
Short term general hospital admissions per 100,000 population in 2004: 14171.61
Short term general hospital beds per 100,000 population in 2004: 403.160
Emergency room visits per 100,000 population in 2004: 179529.9

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1648.060
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1108.830
Dentists per 100,000 population in 1998: 15.19

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 16.26
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 205.060

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 22.78
Beer, wine & liquor stores per 100,000 population in 2005: 1

Household type by relationship:

Households: 13,737
  • In family households: 11,484 (2,399 male householders, 1,400 female householders)
    2,656 spouses, 3,617 children (3,248 natural, 129 adopted, 240 stepchildren), 500 grandchildren, 117 brothers or sisters, 122 parents, 213 other relatives, 385 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 2,253 (914 male householders (733 living alone)), 959 female householders (822 living alone)), 380 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 244 (170 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 1,786 2-persons, 890 3-persons, 662 4-persons, 285 5-persons, 113 6-persons, 63 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 1,555 1-person, 280 2-persons, 22 3-persons, 12 4-persons, 2 5-persons, 2 7-or-more-persons.

1,759 married couples with children.
912 single-parent households (255 men, 657 women).

94.7% of residents of Swain County speak English at home.
1.4% of residents speak Spanish at home (57% speak English very well, 30% speak English well, 9% speak English not well, 5% don't speak English at all).
0.7% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (89% speak English very well, 11% speak English well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (42% speak English very well, 33% speak English well, 25% speak English not well).
3.1% of residents speak other language at home (77% speak English very well, 8% speak English well, 15% speak English not well).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $119,521,000 ($9092 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $1,919,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $41,234,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $17,197,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $10,541,000
Federal grants: $37,911,000
Federal procurement contracts: $2,195,000 ($7,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $10,443,000 ($67,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $70,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $314,000
Federal Government insurance: $8,131,000

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

Births: 894
Here:

68 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 947
Here:

72 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +24
Here:

+2 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +247
Here:

+19 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Swain County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 0.79 millions of gallons per day (5% from ground, 95% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.3
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.5
State:

4.3

Year house built

  • 2005 or later: 155
  • 2000 to 2004: 1,127
  • 1990 to 1999: 2,017
  • 1980 to 1989: 1,675
  • 1970 to 1979: 1,463
  • 1960 to 1969: 916
  • 1950 to 1959: 692
  • 1940 to 1949: 248
  • 1939 or earlier: 480
Rooms in houses/apartments in Swain County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 24
  • 2 rooms: 69
  • 3 rooms: 179
  • 4 rooms: 661
  • 5 rooms: 1,245
  • 6 rooms: 941
  • 7 rooms: 453
  • 8 rooms: 178
  • 9+ rooms: 199
  • 1 room: 7
  • 2 rooms: 68
  • 3 rooms: 116
  • 4 rooms: 411
  • 5 rooms: 337
  • 6 rooms: 160
  • 7 rooms: 51
  • 8 rooms: 12
  • 9+ rooms: 26
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Swain County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 26
  • 1 bedroom: 158
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,069
  • 3 bedrooms: 2,085
  • 4 bedrooms: 497
  • 5+ bedrooms: 114
  • no bedroom: 26
  • 1 bedroom: 224
  • 2 bedrooms: 453
  • 3 bedrooms: 372
  • 4 bedrooms: 110
  • 5+ bedrooms: 3
Cars and other vehicles available in Swain County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 207
  • 1 vehicle: 1,241
  • 2 vehicles: 1,601
  • 3 vehicles: 675
  • 4 vehicles: 151
  • 5+ vehicles: 74
  • no vehicle: 150
  • 1 vehicle: 564
  • 2 vehicles: 389
  • 3 vehicles: 71
  • 4 vehicles: 14
  • 5+ vehicles: 0

67% of Swain County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 43% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in North Carolina.

Swain County:

67.5%
State average:

54.4%

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

  • This state: 9472
  • Northeast: 505
  • Midwest: 714
  • South: 1900
  • West: 231

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $57,700


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 1%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Swain County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Electricity (31.2%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (27.6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (26.2%)
  • Wood (12.9%)
  • Utility gas (1.5%)
  • No fuel used (0.6%)
  • Electricity (44.0%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (27.9%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (16.8%)
  • Wood (11.3%)

Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 63
Here:

4.5%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 1
Here:

0.1%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 69
Here:

17.8%
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)

Swain County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:

  • Construction - Elementary & Secondary Education: $664,000
    Health - Other: $501,000
  • Current Operations - Elementary & Secondary Education: $13,579,000
    Health Services - Other: $2,318,000
    General - Other: $1,152,000
    Welfare - Other: $1,053,000
    Solid Waste Management: $756,000
    Police Protection: $561,000
    Corrections - Other: $540,000
    Central Staff Services: $448,000
    Financial Administration: $433,000
    Parks & Recreation: $329,000
    General Public Buildings: $270,000
    Natural Resources - Other: $169,000
    Protective Inspection and Regulation, NEC: $123,000
    Welfare, Cash Assistance - Other: $119,000
    Fire Protection: $73,000
    Housing & Community Development: $72,000
    Judicial and Legal Services: $17,000
  • General - Interest on Debt: $364,000
  • Intergovernmental to Local NEC - General: $191,000
    Libraries: $170,000
    Health: $0
  • Intergovernmental to State - Welfare: $901,000
  • Other Capital Outlay - Solid Waste Management: $193,000
    General - Other: $126,000
    Police Protection: $104,000
    Health - Other: $68,000
    General Public Building: $19,000
    Welfare - Other: $6,000
  • Total Salaries & Wages: $13,695,000

Swain County government finances - Revenue in 2002:

  • Charges - All Other: $2,254,000
    Solid Waste Management: $634,000
    Elementary & Secondary Education School Lunch: $445,000
    Parks & Recreation: $156,000
  • Federal Intergovernmental - Education: $1,140,000
    All Other: $208,000
    General Support: $10,000
  • Miscellaneous - General Revenue, NEC: $410,000
    Rents: $87,000
    Interest Earnings: $67,000
  • State Intergovernmental - Education: $11,714,000
    Public Welfare: $949,000
    General Support: $858,000
    All Other: $409,000
    Health & Hospitals: $363,000
    Housing & Community Development: $238,000
  • Tax - Property: $2,938,000
    Total General Sales: $1,853,000
    NEC: $185,000
    Other Selective Sales: $171,000

Swain County government finances - Debt in 2002:

  • Long Term Debt Beginning Outstanding, Education, NEC: $5,981,000
  • Long Term Debt Outstanding - Full Faith & Credit - Elementary & Secondary Education: $5,788,000
  • Long Term Debt Retired Unspecified - Elementary and Secondary Education: $193,000

Swain County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:

  • Other Funds - Cash & Deposits: $2,856,000

Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:

  • Total number of recipients: 364
  • Number of aged recipients: 61
  • Number of blind and disabled recipients: 303
  • Number of recipients under 18: 41
  • Number of recipients between 18 and 64: 205
  • Number of recipients older than 64: 118
  • Number of recipients also receiving OASDI: 180
  • Amount of payments (thousands of dollars): 129
Swain County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1994
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Swain County Fatal accident statistics for 1995 - 2014
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Most common first names in Swain County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
William10672.5 years
James10073.0 years
John8276.9 years
Mary7080.4 years
Robert4074.5 years
George3775.3 years
Charles3070.4 years
Frank2878.1 years
Fred2775.8 years
Roy2371.8 years
Most common last names in Swain County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Jenkins6775.0 years
Wiggins5475.8 years
Dehart4878.7 years
Crisp4875.2 years
Smith4275.0 years
Cochran3678.1 years
Kirkland3267.5 years
Shuler2879.9 years
Davis2672.8 years
Johnson2476.3 years
Businesses in Swain County, NC
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1KFC1
Advance Auto Parts1Lane Furniture1
Arby's2Marriott1
Baymont Inn1McDonald's2
Burger King2Microtel2
Comfort Inn1Nike2
Comfort Suites1Pizza Hut2
Dairy Queen2Quality1
Days Inn1RadioShack2
Domino's Pizza1Sleep Inn1
Econo Lodge1Subway1
FedEx3Taco Bell1
Ford1U-Haul1
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular1
Hardee's1UPS1
Hilton1Waffle House1
Holiday Inn2Wendy's1
Johnny Rockets1

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