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West Jefferson township, NC map Land area: 26.1 sq. mi.
Water area: 0.0 sq. mi.
Population: 4,098 (all rural)
Males: 2,008  (49.0%)
Females: 2,090  (51.0%)

Occupied houses/apartments: 4,082 (2,923 owner occupied, 1,159 renter occupied)
% of renters here:

28%
State:

31%


Races in West Jefferson township:

  • White Non-Hispanic: 93.1%
  • Black: 0.5%
  • American Indian and Alaska Native: 0.2%
  • Asian: 0.3%
  • Two or more races: 0.6%

Median age of males: 41.8
Median age of females: 44.4

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Average household size: 2.23

West Jefferson township:

2.2 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Average family size: 2.70

Estimated median household income in 2009: $30,297 ($27,183 in 1999)
This township:

$30,297
North Carolina:

$43,674

Median contract rent in 2009 for apartments: $362 (lower quartile is $244, upper quartile is $429)
Here:

$362
State:

$568

Estimated median house or condo value in 2009: $149,117 (it was $86,300 in 2000)
West Jefferson township:

$149,117
North Carolina:

$155,500
Lower value quartile - upper value quartile: $72,456 - $251,885

Mean price in 2009:

Detached houses: $215,197
Here:

$215,197
State:

$218,934

Townhouses or other attached units: $1,116,763
Here:

$1,116,763
State:

$173,323

Mobile homes: $37,952
Here:

$37,952
State:

$45,354
Population density: 157 people per square mile 
 
 (average).

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

16.0%
Whole state:

12.3%

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

4.7%
Whole state:

5.5%

Cities in this township include: West Jefferson.


Click to draw/clear West Jefferson township borders

Notable locations in this township outside city limits:

Notable locations in West Jefferson township: Tree Top (A), Luther Overlook (B), Mountain Aire Golf Club (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Churches in West Jefferson township include: Bald Mountain Church (A), Midway Church (B), Buffalo Church (C), Mount Jefferson Church (D), Mount Paddy Church (E), Saint Marys Church (F), Friendly Grove Church (G). Display/hide their locations on the map

Streams, rivers, and creeks: Cole Branch (A), Claybank Creek (B), Little Buffalo Creek (C). Display/hide their locations on the map

Park in West Jefferson township: Mount Jefferson State Park (1). Display/hide its location on the map

 

Number of foreign born residents: 210 (18% naturalized citizens)

West Jefferson township:  5.1%
State:  5.3%

63% of West Jefferson township residents lived in the same house 5 years ago.
   Out of people who lived in different houses, 63% lived in this county.
   Out of people who lived in different counties, 64% lived in North Carolina.

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

  • This state: 3226
  • Northeast: 168
  • Midwest: 121
  • South: 557
  • West: 18

Median price asked for vacant for-sale houses in 2000: $137,500

West Jefferson township, North Carolina satellite photo by USGS

Percentage of households with unmarried partners: 3.1%

Likely homosexual households (counted as self-reported same-sex unmarried-partner households)

  • Lesbian couples: 0.1% of all households
  • Gay men: 0.3% of all households

People in group quarters in West Jefferson township, North Carolina:

  • 6 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

Housing units in structures:

  • One, detached: 1,504
  • One, attached: 42
  • Two: 31
  • 3 or 4: 65
  • 5 to 9: 80
  • 10 to 19: 35
  • 20 to 49: 33
  • Mobile homes: 334

Median worth of mobile homes: $21,900


Housing units in West Jefferson township with a mortgage: 539 (57 second mortgage, 82 home equity loan, 0 both second mortgage and home equity loan)
Houses without a mortgage: 512

Year house built

  • 1999 to March 2000: 30
  • 1995 to 1998: 152
  • 1990 to 1994: 163
  • 1980 to 1989: 418
  • 1970 to 1979: 485
  • 1960 to 1969: 284
  • 1950 to 1959: 269
  • 1940 to 1949: 203
  • 1939 or earlier: 120

Rooms in owner-occupied houses in West Jefferson township, North Carolina:

  • 1 room: 0
  • 2 rooms: 3
  • 3 rooms: 50
  • 4 rooms: 181
  • 5 rooms: 397
  • 6 rooms: 319
  • 7 rooms: 194
  • 8 rooms: 108
  • 9 or more rooms: 108

Rooms in renter-occupied apartments in West Jefferson township, North Carolina:

  • 1 room: 4
  • 2 rooms: 20
  • 3 rooms: 88
  • 4 rooms: 194
  • 5 rooms: 89
  • 6 rooms: 57
  • 7 rooms: 42
  • 8 rooms: 21
  • 9 or more rooms: 2

Bedrooms in owner-occupied houses and condos in West Jefferson township:

  • no bedroom: 0
  • 1 bedroom: 15
  • 2 bedrooms: 338
  • 3 bedrooms: 771
  • 4 bedrooms: 197
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 39

Bedrooms in renter-occupied apartments in West Jefferson township:

  • no bedroom: 4
  • 1 bedroom: 112
  • 2 bedrooms: 267
  • 3 bedrooms: 100
  • 4 bedrooms: 21
  • 5 or more bedrooms: 13

Cars and other vehicles available in West Jefferson township in owner-occupied houses/condos:

  • no vehicle: 88
  • 1 vehicle: 375
  • 2 vehicles: 547
  • 3 vehicles: 264
  • 4 vehicles: 60
  • 5 or more vehicles: 26

Cars and other vehicles available in West Jefferson township in renter-occupied apartments

  • no vehicle: 125
  • 1 vehicle: 221
  • 2 vehicles: 129
  • 3 vehicles: 30
  • 4 vehicles: 9
  • 5 or more vehicles: 3

Owners and renters by unit type in %

Breakdown of mean house values by ages of householders

Most common industries for males (%):



  • Construction (18%)
  • Agriculture, forestry, fishing and hunting (8%)
  • Motor vehicle and parts dealers (6%)
  • Furniture and related product manufacturing (5%)
  • Wood products (5%)
  • Repair and maintenance (4%)
  • Food and beverage stores (3%)

Most common industries for females (%):



  • Health care (14%)
  • Accommodation and food services (9%)
  • Educational services (9%)
  • Electrical equipment, appliances, and components (7%)
  • Public administration (7%)
  • Finance and insurance (5%)
  • Apparel (5%)

Most common occupations for males (%)



  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Building and grounds cleaning and maintenance occupations (6%)
  • Other sales and related workers including supervisors (6%)
  • Driver/sales workers and truck drivers (6%)
  • Metal workers and plastic workers (6%)
  • Electrical equipment mechanics and other installation, maintenance, and repair occupations including supervisors (5%)
  • Fishing and hunting, and forest and logging workers (5%)

Most common occupations for females (%)



  • Other production occupations including supervisors (8%)
  • Other office and administrative support workers including supervisors (7%)
  • Nursing, psychiatric, and home health aides (5%)
  • Preschool, kindergarten, elementary and middle school teachers (5%)
  • Secretaries and administrative assistants (5%)
  • Textile, apparel, and furnishings workers (5%)
  • Information and record clerks except customer service representatives (4%)

Class of Workers

Most common first ancestries reported in West Jefferson township:

  • United States or American (35.8%)
  • English (14.6%)
  • German (13.9%)
  • Irish (6.2%)
  • Scotch-Irish (4.9%)
  • Scottish (2.8%)
  • Italian (2.4%)

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

  • Mexico (74%)
  • Canada (6%)
  • Australia (4%)
  • Germany (3%)
  • Japan (3%)
  • China, excluding Hong Kong and Taiwan (2%)
  • Korea (2%)

Means of transportation to work:

  • Drove a car alone: 1,511 (74%)
  • Carpooled: 344 (17%)
  • Walked: 27 (1%)
  • Other means: 72 (4%)
  • Worked at home: 79 (4%)

Most commonly used house heating fuel:

  • Fuel oil, kerosene, etc. (65%)
  • Electricity (24%)
  • Wood (6%)
  • Bottled, tank, or LP gas (5%)

People in group quarters in West Jefferson township, North Carolina:

  • 6 people in homes for the mentally ill
  • 6 people in other noninstitutional group quarters
  • 2 people in unknown juvenile institutions
  • 2 people in other nonhousehold living situations

94.0% of residents of West Jefferson township speak English at home.
5.2% of residents speak Spanish at home (46% speak English very well, 15% speak English well, 27% speak English not well, 12% don't speak English at all).
0.3% of residents speak other Indo-European language at home (9% speak English very well, 73% speak English well, 18% speak English not well).
0.5% of residents speak Asian or Pacific Island language at home (5% speak English very well, 36% speak English well, 59% speak English not well).

Household type by relationship:

Households: 4,302
  • In family households: 3,559 (976 male householders, 275 female householders)
    1,063 spouses, 1,024 children (950 natural, 26 adopted, 48 stepchildren), 45 grandchildren, 37 brothers or sisters, 12 parents, 60 other relatives, 67 non-relatives
  • In nonfamily households: 743 (301 male householders (231 living alone)), 323 female householders (309 living alone)), 119 nonrelatives
  • In group quarters: 16 (0 institutionalized population)

Size of family households: 675 2-persons, 294 3-persons, 179 4-persons, 73 5-persons, 21 6-persons, 9 7-or-more-persons,

Size of nonfamily households: 540 1-person, 58 2-persons, 17 3-persons, 9 4-persons,

541 married couples with children.
193 single-parent households (41 men, 152 women).


Private vs. public school enrollment:


Students in private schools in grades 1 to 8 (elementary and middle school): 2
Here:

0.5%
North Carolina:

8.2%

Students in private schools in grades 9 to 12 (high school): 8
Here:

4.1%
North Carolina:

6.9%

Students in private undergraduate colleges: 6
Here:

6.7%
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.)


Year Householders Moved Into Unit in West Jefferson township:

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