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Yancey County, North Carolina (NC)


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County population in 2012: 17,630 (all rural); it was 17,774 in 2000
County owner-occupied with a mortgage or a loan houses and condos in 2010: 2,612
County owner-occupied free and clear houses and condos in 2010: 3,225
County owner-occupied houses and condos in 2000: 5,994
Renter-occupied apartments: 1,807 (it was 1,478 in 2000)
% of renters here:

20%
State:

33%

Land area: 312 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.7 sq. mi.
Population density: 57 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

Mar. 2012 cost of living index in Yancey County: 82.5 (low, U.S. average is 100)

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Industries providing employment: Educational,health and social services (25.3%), Construction (12.8%), Manufacturing (12.0%).

Type of workers:

  • Private wage or salary: 66%
  • Government: 22%
  • Self-employed, not incorporated: 12%
  • Unpaid family work: 0%
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Races in Yancey County, North Carolina:


Median resident age:  45.0 years
North Carolina median age:  37.0 years

Males: 8,744  (48.8%)
Females: 9,074  (51.2%)

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Yancey County,NC real estate house value trend



Average household size:
Yancey County:

2.0 people
North Carolina:

2 people

Estimated median household income in 2009: $33,074 ($29,674 in 1999)
This county:

$33074
North Carolina:

$43674

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $378 (lower quartile is $257, upper quartile is $451)
This county:

$378
State:

$568


Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $143,380 (it was $81,400 in 2000)
Yancey County:

$143,380
North Carolina:

$155,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $82,171 - $235,380

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $229,005
Here:

$229,005
State:

$218,934

Townhouses or other attached units: $300,793
Here:

$300,793
State:

$173,323

Mobile homes: $64,973
Here:

$64,973
State:

$45,354

Occupied boats, RVs, vans, etc.: $18,790
Here:

$18,790
State:

$48,806
Median monthly housing costs for homes and condos with a mortgage: $978
Median monthly housing costs for units without a mortgage: $255

Institutionalized population: 134

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


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


Yancey County, NC map from a distance

Single-family new house construction building permits:


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Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2009: $620 (0.5%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2009: $546 (0.4%)


Yancey County household income distribution in 2009 Yancey County home values distribution


Yancey County contract rent distribution in 2009

Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2009: 18.0%
(16.3% for White Non-Hispanic residents, 56.9% for Black residents, 48.9% for Hispanic or Latino residents, 45.1% for American Indian residents, 0.0% for Native Hawaiian and other Pacific Islander residents, 77.8% for other race residents, 0.0% for two or more races residents)
Median age of residents in 2010: 45 years old
(Males: 43 years old, Females: 47 years old)
(Median age for: White residents: 46 years old, Black residents: 33 years old, American Indian residents: 29 years old, Asian residents: 49 years old, Hispanic or Latino residents: 22 years old, Other race residents: 22 years old)

Residents with income below the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

15.8%
Whole state:

12.3%

Residents with income below 50% of the poverty level in 2009:
This county:

6.1%
Whole state:

5.5%

Fair market rent in 2006 for a 1-bedroom apartment in Yancey County is $418 a month.
Fair market rent for a 2-bedroom apartment is $503 a month.
Fair market rent for a 3-bedroom apartment is $601 a month.

Cities in this county include: Burnsville.

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

2005 air pollution in Yancey County:

Ozone (1-hour): 0.094 ppm (standard limit: 0.12 ppm). Near U.S. average.
Ozone (8-hour): 0.080 ppm (standard limit: 0.08 ppm). Near U.S. average.



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Notable locations in this county outside city limits:

Notable locations in Yancey County: Camp Alice (A), Spivey Gap Picnic Area (B), Ballew Store (C), Briar Bottom Recreation Area (D), Green Knob Lookout (E), Bald Mountain Campground (F), Lost Cove Picnic Area (G), Busic Nork Center (H), Victor Place Hunt Camp (I), Black Mountain Campground (J), Phillips Knob Lookout (K), North Carolina State Prison Camp (L). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in Yancey County include: North Bend Church (A), Newdale Church (B), Murchison Church (C), Mount Pleasant Church (D), Mount Mitchell Church (E), Miller Chapel (F), Martin Chapel (G), Locust Grove Church (H), Little Creek School (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Cemeteries: Maney Cemetery (1), Lee Fields Cemetery (2), Hughes Cemetery (3), Hensley Cemetery (4), Grindstaff Cemetery (5), Gragg Cemetery (6), Gibbs Cemetery (7). Display/hide their locations on the map

Reservoir: Deneen Reservoir (A). Display/hide its location on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Indian Fork (A), Indian Creek (B), Peterson Branch (C), Howell Branch (D), Horton Creek (E), Higgins Creek (F), Hensley Branch (G), Hemphill Creek (H), Hawk Branch (I). Display/hide their locations on the map

Parks in Yancey County include: Mount Mitchell State Park (1), Carolina Hemlocks Recreation Area (2). Display/hide their locations on the map

 

Neighboring counties: Buncombe County , McDowell County , Madison County , Mitchell County , Unicoi County, Tennessee .

County total employment by year

County average yearly wages by year ($)


Current college students: 444
People 25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 71.1%
People 25 years of age or older with a bachelor's degree or higher: 13.1%

Number of foreign born residents: 490 (20% naturalized citizens)

Yancey County:

2.8%
Whole state:

5.3%

Year of entry for the foreign-born population


Mean travel time to work (commute): 27.0 minutes

Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 65.5%

Yancey County marital status for males
Yancey County marital status for females

Housing units in structures:


Housing units in Yancey County with a mortgage: 1,402 (121 second mortgage, 192 home equity loan, 5 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 1,956

Here:

41.8% with mortgage
State:

69.1% with mortgage



Religion statistics:

Percentage of population affiliated with a religious congregations: 48.12%
Here48.1%
USA50.2%
Total adherents: 8,553
Total congregations: 70

Adherents


Breakdown of population affiliated with a religious congregations

NameSouthern Baptist ConventionIndependent Free Will Baptists AssociationsUnited Methodist ChurchPresbyterian Church (USA)Catholic Church
Adherents4,441 (51.9%)1,909 (22.3%)1,054 (12.3%)347 (4.1%)222 (2.6%)
Congregations24 (34.3%)21 (30.0%)7 (10.0%)7 (10.0%)1 (1.4%)
NameChurch of God (Cleveland, Tennessee)Church of the BrethrenFriends (Quakers)Evangelical Lutheran Church in AmericaOther
Adherents139 (1.6%)108 (1.3%)77 (0.9%)67 (0.8%)189 (2.2%)
Congregations1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)1 (1.4%)6 (8.6%)
Source: Jones, Dale E., et al. 2002. Congregations and Membership in the United States 2000. Nashville, TN: Glenmary Research Center.

Religions in Yancey County - Burnsville

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
This county:

2.72 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

2.05 / 10,000 pop.


Number of convenience stores (no gas): 1
Yancey County:

0.54 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

0.92 / 10,000 pop.

Number of convenience stores (with gas): 6
This county:

3.26 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

4.75 / 10,000 pop.

Number of full-service restaurants: 7
Yancey County:

3.81 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.

Adult diabetes rate:
Here:

9.0%
North Carolina:

9.8%

Adult obesity rate:
Here:

23.8%
North Carolina:

28.3%

Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Yancey County:

11.9%
State:

15.6%


Agriculture in Yancey County:

Average size of farms: 62 acres
Average value of agricultural products sold per farm: $8,997
Average value of crops sold per acre for harvested cropland: $798.41
The value of nursery, greenhouse, floriculture, and sod as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 25.39%
The value of livestock, poultry, and their products as a percentage of the total market value of agricultural products sold: 23.01%
Average total farm production expenses per farm: $10,614
Harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 13.96%
Irrigated harvested cropland as a percentage of land in farms: 1.24%
Average market value of all machinery and equipment per farm: $33,653
The percentage of farms operated by a family or individual: 92.60%
Average age of principal farm operators: 57 years
Average number of cattle and calves per 100 acres of all land in farms: 12.74
Milk cows as a percentage of all cattle and calves: 3.05%
Corn for grain: 10 harvested acres
Vegetables: 32 harvested acres
Land in orchards: 14 acres

Tornado activity:

Yancey County historical area-adjusted tornado activity is significantly below North Carolina state average. It is 2.5 times below overall U.S. average.
Tornadoes in this county have caused 2 injuries recorded between 1950 and 2004.
On 6/6/1977, a category 1 (max. wind speeds 73-112 mph) tornado injured 2 people and caused between $50,000 and $500,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Yancey County-area historical earthquake activity is significantly above North Carolina state average. It is 76% 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 93.4 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 88.0 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 91.6 miles away from the 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 90.3 miles away from Yancey County center
On 8/17/1990 at 21:01:17, a magnitude 4.0 (3.5 LG, 4.0 LG, Depth: 6.2 mi) earthquake occurred 84.1 miles away from the county center
On 10/26/1995 at 00:37:28, a magnitude 4.0 (3.9 MB, 4.0 LG, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 91.2 miles away from the county center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML)

Most recent natural disasters:


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

Class of Workers


Most common industries (%)
Males Females
  • Construction (17%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (8%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (6%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (6%)
  • Machinery (6%)
  • Public administration (4%)
  • Repair and maintenance (3%)
  • Health care (16%)
  • Educational services (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (7%)
  • Textile mills and textile products (5%)
  • Social assistance (5%)
  • Apparel (4%)
  • Professional, scientific, and technical services (4%)
Most common occupations (%)
Males Females
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (7%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (4%)
  • Vehicle and mobile equipment mechanics, installers, and repairers (4%)
  • Carpenters (4%)
  • Other production occupations including supervisors (9%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (7%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (6%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Other management occupations except farmers and farm managers (4%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (4%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (4%)

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




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





Yancey County mode of transportation to work chart

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 5,611 (73%)
  • Carpooled: 1,585 (21%)
  • Bus or trolley bus: 33 (0%)
  • Streetcar or trolley car: 1 (0%)
  • Motorcycle: 4 (0%)
  • Walked: 154 (2%)
  • Other means: 57 (1%)
  • Worked at home: 220 (3%)

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders


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

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


Average gross adjusted income of non-migrant taxpayers in this county in 2005 was $38,381.

5.13% of this county's 2006 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2005 ($47,536 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

5.13%
North Carolina average:

8.53%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved from foreign countries.
2.87% relocated from other counties in North Carolina ($16,593 average AGI)
2.26% relocated from other states ($30,942 average AGI)
Yancey County:

2.26%
North Carolina average:

4.34%

Percentage of residents relocating from other counties or countries


Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2005 and 2006:
from Buncombe County, NC  0.85% ($35,449 average AGI)
from Mitchell County, NC  0.61% ($23,143)
from McDowell County, NC  0.40% ($26,870)
from Madison County, NC  0.31% ($31,944)


4.78% of this county's 2005 resident taxpayers moved to other counties in 2006 ($33,770 average adjusted gross income)

Here:

4.78%
North Carolina average:

7.27%


10 or fewer of this county's residents moved to foreign countries.
2.72% relocated to other counties in North Carolina ($18,394 average AGI)
2.06% relocated to other states ($15,376 average AGI)
Yancey County:

2.06%
North Carolina average:

3.10%

Percentage of residents relocating to other counties or countries


Top counties to which taxpayers relocated from this county between 2005 and 2006:
to Buncombe County, NC  0.89% ($41,176 average AGI)
to Mitchell County, NC  0.58% ($22,273)
to McDowell County, NC  0.35% ($26,300)

Births per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 11.2
Births per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.3

Births per 1000 population in Yancey County

Deaths per 1000 population from 1990 to 1999: 9.9
Deaths per 1000 population from 2000 to 2006: 10.9

Deaths per 1000 population in Yancey County

Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 1990 to 1999: 8.3
Infant deaths per 1000 live births from 2000 to 2006: 3.2

Infant deaths per 1000 live births in Yancey County

Persons enrolled in hospital insurance and/or supplemental medical insurance (Medicare) in July 1, 2003: 3,868 (3,211 aged, 657 disabled)
Population without health insurance coverage in 2000: 13%
Children under 18 without health insurance coverage in 2000: 10%

General practice office based MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1236.200
Medical specialist MDs per 100,000 population in 2005: 1076.860

Total births per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006 : 24.09
Total deaths per 100,000 population, July 2005 - July 2006: 32.97

Limited-service eating places per 100,000 population in 2005 : 5.49

Household type by relationship:

Households: 17,653

Size of family households: 2,789 2-persons, 1,096 3-persons, 837 4-persons, 312 5-persons, 134 6-persons, 48 7-or-more-persons.

Size of nonfamily households: 2,170 1-person, 237 2-persons, 16 3-persons, 4 4-persons, 1 5-persons.

96.1% of residents of Yancey County speak English at home.
3.1% of residents speak Spanish at home (34% speak English very well, 6% speak English well, 35% speak English not well, 25% don't speak English at all).
0.6% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (80% speak English very well, 16% speak English well, 4% speak English not well).
0.1% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (39% speak English very well, 17% speak English well, 39% speak English not well, 4% don't speak English at all).

In fiscal year 2004:

Federal Government expenditure: $111,883,000 ($6162 per capita)
Department of Defense expenditure: $2,462,000
Federal direct payments to individuals for retirement and disability: $52,683,000
Federal other direct payments to individuals: $19,306,000
Federal direct payments not to individuals: $1,488,000
Federal grants: $34,692,000
Federal procurement contracts: $1,069,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal salaries and wages: $2,644,000 ($0,000 Department of Defense)
Federal Government direct loans: $135,000
Federal guaranteed/insured loans: $966,000
Federal Government insurance: $15,112,000

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

Births: 920
Here:

51 per 1000 residents
State:

72 per 1000 residents

Deaths: 986
Here:

54 per 1000 residents
State:

44 per 1000 residents

Net international migration: +259
Here:

+14 per 1000 residents
State:

+18 per 1000 residents

Net internal migration: +259
Here:

+14 per 1000 residents
State:

+27 per 1000 residents

Population growth in Yancey County

Total withdrawal of fresh water for public supply: 1.18 millions of gallons per day (53% from ground, 47% from surface)

Median number of rooms in houses and condos:
Here:

5.5
State:

5.9

Median number of rooms in apartments:
Here:

4.4
State:

4.3

Year house built

Rooms in houses/apartments in Yancey County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • 1 room: 6
  • 2 rooms: 41
  • 3 rooms: 246
  • 4 rooms: 1,013
  • 5 rooms: 1,738
  • 6 rooms: 1,395
  • 7 rooms: 874
  • 8 rooms: 406
  • 9+ rooms: 275
  • 1 room: 20
  • 2 rooms: 93
  • 3 rooms: 194
  • 4 rooms: 476
  • 5 rooms: 330
  • 6 rooms: 244
  • 7 rooms: 91
  • 8 rooms: 20
  • 9+ rooms: 10
Bedrooms in houses/apartments in Yancey County, North Carolina
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no bedroom: 6
  • 1 bedroom: 202
  • 2 bedrooms: 1,919
  • 3 bedrooms: 3,268
  • 4 bedrooms: 546
  • 5+ bedrooms: 53
  • no bedroom: 24
  • 1 bedroom: 262
  • 2 bedrooms: 674
  • 3 bedrooms: 445
  • 4 bedrooms: 64
  • 5+ bedrooms: 9
Cars and other vehicles available in Yancey County, North Carolina in houses/condos/apartments
Owner-occupied Renter-occupied
  • no vehicle: 431
  • 1 vehicle: 1,449
  • 2 vehicles: 2,428
  • 3 vehicles: 1,227
  • 4 vehicles: 341
  • 5+ vehicles: 118
  • no vehicle: 303
  • 1 vehicle: 611
  • 2 vehicles: 425
  • 3 vehicles: 127
  • 4 vehicles: 10
  • 5+ vehicles: 2

68% of Yancey County residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 56% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 51% lived in North Carolina.

Yancey County:

68.0%
State average:

54.4%


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


Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $96,300


Housing units lacking complete plumbing facilities: 2%

Housing units lacking complete kitchen facilities: 2%

Year Householders Moved Into Unit:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in Yancey County
Houses and condos Apartments
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (75.9%)
  • Wood (9.4%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (8.5%)
  • Electricity (5.3%)
  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (60.3%)
  • Electricity (22.1%)
  • Wood (11.3%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5.9%)



Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 90
Here:

5.0%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 21
Here:

2.8%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 128
Here:

31.3%
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 (Noninst.)


Expenditure Revenue

Yancey County government finances - Expenditure in 2002:


Yancey County government finances - Revenue in 2002:


Yancey County government finances - Debt in 2002:


Yancey County government finances - Cash and Securities in 2002:


Supplemental Security Income (SSI) in 2006:



Yancey County Fatal accident statistics for 1975 - 1991
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)

Yancey County Fatal accident statistics for 1992 - 2009
Count Vehicles DUI Fatalities Persons

Fatal accident count (per 100,000 population)




Most common first names in Yancey County, NC among deceased individuals
NameCountLived (average)
John10977.8 years
William9876.6 years
Mary9874.7 years
James9474.5 years
Charles5973.9 years
Robert5174.5 years
George4077.8 years
Martha3582.4 years
Roy3275.3 years
Fred3078.1 years
Most common last names in Yancey County, NC among deceased individuals
Last nameCountLived (average)
Hensley13078.2 years
Wilson12075.9 years
Edwards9877.1 years
Robinson9277.7 years
Ray8778.4 years
Young7779.5 years
Boone5777.0 years
Higgins5680.1 years
Fox5574.3 years
Mcintosh5482.2 years
Businesses in Yancey County, NC
NameCountNameCount
Ace Hardware1McDonald's1
Burger King1Pizza Hut1
CVS1RadioShack1
Decora Cabinetry1Subway1
FedEx1U-Haul2
H&R Block1U.S. Cellular1
MasterBrand Cabinets1UPS1

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