Grandfather, North Carolina

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Population in 2017: 24 (0% urban, 100% rural).
Population change since 2000: -67.1%
Males: 11  (46.9%)
Females: 13  (53.1%)
Median resident age:

65.8 years
North Carolina median age:

38.8 years

Zip code: 28646

Estimated median household income in 2017: $119,903 (it was $53,125 in 2000)
Grandfather:

$119,903
NC:

$52,752

Estimated per capita income in 2017: $139,529 (it was $44,706 in 2000)

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $886,093 (it was $791,700 in 2000)
Grandfather:

$886,093
NC:

$171,200

Mean prices in 2017: all housing units: $238,335; detached houses: $289,008; townhouses or other attached units: $373,528; in 2-unit structures: $493,742; in 3-to-4-unit structures: $202,081; in 5-or-more-unit structures: $167,087; mobile homes: $63,088; occupied boats, rvs, vans, etc.: $22,125
March 2019 cost of living index in Grandfather: 83.5 (less than average, U.S. average is 100)
Percentage of residents living in poverty in 2017: 9.5%
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Ancestries: Irish (29.5%), American (13.6%), English (13.6%), Scottish (13.6%), Scotch-Irish (9.1%), German (4.5%).

Current Local Time: EST time zone

Elevation: 3920 feet

Land area: 1.50 square miles.

Population density: 16 people per square mile   (very low).

Grandfather, North Carolina map

1 resident is foreign born

This village:

1.6%
North Carolina:

7.8%

Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with mortgages in 2017: $6,359 (0.6%)
Median real estate property taxes paid for housing units with no mortgage in 2017: $2,624 (0.5%)

Nearest city with pop. 50,000+: Johnson City, TN (33.4 miles , pop. 55,469).

Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC (84.3 miles , pop. 540,828).

Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+: Philadelphia, PA (453.7 miles , pop. 1,517,550).

Nearest cities:

Sugar Mountain, NC (1.3 miles ),
Banner Elk, NC (2.1 miles ),
Seven Devils, NC (2.1 miles),
Newland, NC (2.1 miles ),
Foscoe, NC (2.5 miles ),
Crossnore, NC (2.7 miles ),
Beech Mountain, NC (2.7 miles ),
Elk Park, NC (2.9 miles )

Latitude: 36.10 N, Longitude: 81.85 W

Area code commonly used in this area: 828

Distribution of median household income in Grandfather, NC in 2017
Distribution of house value in Grandfather, NC in 2017

Grandfather satellite photo by USGS

Unemployment in March 2019:
Here:

4.4%
North Carolina:

4.1%
Population change in the 1990s: +39 (+114.7%).

Average climate in Grandfather, North Carolina

Based on data reported by over 4,000 weather stations

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Air pollution and air quality trends
(lower is better)
AQI SO2 Ozone PM2.5
Air Quality Index

Air Quality Index (AQI) level in 2018 was 63.0. This is about average.

City:

63.0
U.S.:

74.2
Sulfur Dioxide Level

Sulfur Dioxide (SO2) [ppb] level in 2016 was 0.0478. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 10.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

0.0478
U.S.:

1.7894
Ozone Level

Ozone [ppb] level in 2018 was 26.4. This is better than average. Closest monitor was 10.0 miles away from the city center.

City:

26.4
U.S.:

33.3
Particulate Matter Level

Particulate Matter (PM2.5) [µg/m3] level in 2018 was 5.84. This is significantly better than average. Closest monitor was 13.4 miles away from the city center.

City:

5.84
U.S.:

8.46

Tornado activity:

Grandfather-area historical tornado activity is below North Carolina state average. It is 51% smaller than the overall U.S. average.

On 5/7/1998, a category F4 (max. wind speeds 207-260 mph) tornado 30.8 miles away from the Grandfather village center injured 2 people and caused $1 million in damages.

On 5/5/1989, a category F4 tornado 37.8 miles away from the village center killed 4 people and injured 52 people and caused between $5,000,000 and $50,000,000 in damages.

Earthquake activity:

Grandfather-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 185.7 miles away from Grandfather 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 158.3 miles away from the city center
On 11/30/1973 at 07:48:41, a magnitude 4.7 (4.7 MB, 4.6 ML) earthquake occurred 120.1 miles away from the city center
On 11/23/2006 at 10:42:57, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, 4.3 LG) earthquake occurred 73.4 miles away from Grandfather center
On 11/2/2006 at 17:53:02, a magnitude 4.3 (4.3 MB, Depth: 0.6 mi) earthquake occurred 76.1 miles away from Grandfather 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 75.4 miles away from Grandfather center
Magnitude types: regional Lg-wave magnitude (LG), body-wave magnitude (MB), local magnitude (ML), surface-wave magnitude (MS)

Natural disasters:

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).
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Hospitals and medical centers near Grandfather:

  • TOE RIVER HEALTH DISTRICT (Home Health Center, about 5 miles away; NEWLAND, NC)
  • HOSPICE OF AVERY COUNTY (Hospital, about 5 miles away; NEWLAND, NC)
  • BLOWING ROCK HOSPITAL LTC (Nursing Home, about 10 miles away; BLOWING ROCK, NC)
  • ROAN HIGHLANDS NURSING CENTER (Nursing Home, about 12 miles away; ROAN MOUNTAIN, TN)
  • HIGH COUNTRY HCS (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; BOONE, NC)
  • WATAUGA MEDICAL CENTER HOME HEALTH (Home Health Center, about 13 miles away; BOONE, NC)
  • FRESENIUS MEDICAL CARE WATAUGA COUNTY (Dialysis Facility, about 14 miles away; BOONE, NC)

Colleges/universities with over 2000 students nearest to Grandfather:

  • Appalachian State University (about 13 miles; Boone, NC; Full-time enrollment: 17,362)
  • Caldwell Community College and Technical Institute (about 27 miles; Hudson, NC; FT enrollment: 3,636)
  • Western Piedmont Community College (about 28 miles; Morganton, NC; FT enrollment: 2,205)
  • East Tennessee State University (about 33 miles; Johnson City, TN; FT enrollment: 12,774)
  • Wilkes Community College (about 38 miles; Wilkesboro, NC; FT enrollment: 2,292)
  • King University (about 38 miles; Bristol, TN; FT enrollment: 2,472)
  • Northeast State Community College (about 41 miles; Blountville, TN; FT enrollment: 4,480)

Points of interest:

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Creeks: Big Grassy Creek (A), Little Grassy Creek (B). Display/hide their locations on the map

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

1.7 people
North Carolina:

2.5 people

Percentage of family households:
This village:

60.0%
Whole state:

66.7%

Percentage of households with unmarried partners:
This village:

0.0%
Whole state:

5.9%


No gay or lesbian households reported

For population 15 years and over in Grandfather:

Marital status in Grandfather, NC
  • Never married: 12.1%
  • Now married: 81.0%
  • Separated: 0.0%
  • Widowed: 1.6%
  • Divorced: 5.2%

For population 25 years and over in Grandfather:

  • High school or higher: 100.0%
  • Bachelor's degree or higher: 90.6%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 35.8%
  • Mean travel time to work (commute): 11.5 minutes
Educational Attainment in 2017
School Enrollment by Level of School in 2017
Education Gini index (Inequality in education)
Here:

5.4
North Carolina average:

11.9

Presidential Elections Results

Graphs represent county-level data. Detailed 2008 Election Results

Religion statistics for Grandfather, NC (based on Avery County data)

Religions Adherents in 2010
Religions Adherents - Change between 2000 and 2010
ReligionAdherentsCongregations
Evangelical Protestant5,71147
Mainline Protestant98013
Catholic3901
Black Protestant1721
Other962
None10,204-
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. Graphs represent county-level data

Food Environment Statistics:

Number of grocery stores: 5
Avery County:

2.80 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

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
Avery County:

12.33 / 10,000 pop.
North Carolina:

7.57 / 10,000 pop.
Adult diabetes rate:
This county:

9.8%
North Carolina:

9.8%
Adult obesity rate:
Here:

26.5%
State:

28.3%
Low-income preschool obesity rate:
Avery County:

16.0%
North Carolina:

15.6%

Health and Nutrition:

Healthy diet rate:
Here:

62.7%
North Carolina:

48.1%

Average overall health of teeth and gums:
Grandfather:

65.6%
North Carolina:

44.6%

Average BMI:
This city:

27.7
North Carolina:

28.8

People feeling badly about themselves:
Grandfather:

18.2%
North Carolina:

21.2%

People not drinking alcohol at all:
Grandfather:

7.3%
State:

10.8%

Average hours sleeping at night:
Grandfather:

7.3
North Carolina:

6.8

Overweight people:
Grandfather:

42.9%
North Carolina:

33.6%

General health condition:
Grandfather:

67.3%
North Carolina:

54.9%

Average condition of hearing:
This city:

82.8%
State:

79.3%

More about Health and Nutrition of Grandfather, NC Residents
Local government employment and payroll (March 2012)
Function Full-time employees Monthly full-time payroll Average yearly full-time wage Part-time employees Monthly part-time payroll
Other Government Administration 0$0 1$1,000
Financial Administration 0$0 0$0
Totals for Government 0$0 1$1,000

Grandfather government finances - Expenditure in 2012 (per resident):

  • Current Operations - Financial Administration: $31,000 ($1291.67)
    Housing and Community Development: $8,000 ($333.33)
    Hospitals: $5,000 ($208.33)
    General - Other: $2,000 ($83.33)
  • Total Salaries and Wages: $12,000 ($500.00)

Grandfather government finances - Revenue in 2012 (per resident):

  • Federal Intergovernmental - General Local Government Support: $27,000 ($1125.00)
  • Tax - General Sales and Gross Receipts: $8,000 ($333.33)
    Occupation and Business License - Other: $1,000 ($41.67)

Grandfather government finances - Cash and Securities in 2012 (per resident):

  • Other Funds - Cash and Securities: $117,000 ($4875.00)
  • Sinking Funds - Cash and Securities: $12,000 ($500.00)

6.11% of this county's 2016 resident taxpayers lived in other counties in 2015 ($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 between 2015 and 2016.

Top counties from which taxpayers relocated into this county between 2015 and 2016:
from Watauga County, NC  1.24% ($19,338 average AGI)
from Mitchell County, NC  0.47% ($26,815)

Strongest AM radio stations in Grandfather:

  • WXIT (1200 AM; daytime; 10 kW; BLOWING ROCK, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WECR (1130 AM; daytime; 1 kW; NEWLAND, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • WFGW (1010 AM; 50 kW; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WHKY (1290 AM; 50 kW; HICKORY, NC; Owner: LONG COMMUNICATIONS, LLC.)
  • WKGX (1080 AM; daytime; 5 kW; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • WKSK (580 AM; 5 kW; W.JEFFERSON, NC; Owner: CADDELL BROADCASTING, INC.)
  • WTOE (1470 AM; 5 kW; SPRUCE PINE, NC; Owner: MOUNTAIN VALLEY MEDIA, INC.)
  • WCIS (760 AM; daytime; 4 kW; MORGANTON, NC; Owner: W.F.M. INCORPORATED)
  • WLFJ (660 AM; daytime; 50 kW; GREENVILLE, SC; Owner: CLEAR CHANNEL BROADCASTING LICENSES, INC.)
  • WZAP (690 AM; 10 kW; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: RAM COMMUNICATIONS, INC.)
  • WGOC (640 AM; 10 kW; BLOUNTVILLE, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WTRU (830 AM; 50 kW; KERNERSVILLE, NC; Owner: TRUTH BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WKYK (940 AM; 5 kW; BURNSVILLE, NC; Owner: MARK MEDIA, INC.)

Strongest FM radio stations in Grandfather:

  • WZJS (100.7 FM; BANNER ELK, NC; Owner: HIGHLAND COMMUNICATIONS ASSOCIATES, LLC)
  • WECR-FM (102.3 FM; BEECH MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: RONDINARO BROADCASTING, INC)
  • W285DG (104.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • W225AA (92.9 FM; BOONE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WHCB (91.5 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: APPALACHIAN EDUC. COMMUNICATION CORP)
  • WMIT (106.9 FM; BLACK MOUNTAIN, NC; Owner: BLUE RIDGE BROADCASTING CORPORATION)
  • WETS-FM (89.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WNCW (88.7 FM; SPINDALE, NC; Owner: ISOTHERMAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE)
  • WXBQ-FM (96.9 FM; BRISTOL, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • WCQR-FM (88.3 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: POSITIVE ALTERNATIVE RADIO, INC.)
  • WPJO (99.3 FM; ELIZABETHTON, TN; Owner: BRISTOL BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W214AP (90.7 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: THE MOODY BIBLE INSTITUTE OF CHICAGO)
  • WQUT (101.5 FM; JOHNSON CITY, TN; Owner: CITADEL BROADCASTING COMPANY)
  • WKVS (103.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: FOOTHILLS RADIO GROUP, LLC)
  • W232AV (94.3 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: DAVID TORRES)
  • W218BW (91.5 FM; LENOIR, NC; Owner: EAST TENNESSEE STATE UNIVERSITY)
  • WTFM (98.5 FM; KINGSPORT, TN; Owner: HOLSTON VALLEY BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WKBC-FM (97.3 FM; NORTH WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: WILKES BROADCASTING COMPANY, INC.)
  • W267AN (101.3 FM; WILKESBORO, NC; Owner: TRIAD FAMILY NETWORK, INC.)
  • WKSF (99.9 FM; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: CAPSTAR TX LIMITED PARTNERSHIP)

TV broadcast stations around Grandfather:

  • WUNE-TV (Channel 17; LINVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WCYB-TV (Channel 5; BRISTOL, VA; Owner: APPALACHIAN BROADCASTING CORP.)
  • WASV-TV (Channel 62; ASHEVILLE, NC; Owner: MEDIA GENERAL BROADCASTING OF SOUTH CAROLINA HOLDINGS, INC.)
  • W65DT (Channel 65; BOONE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • W59AK (Channel 59; ZIONVILLE, NC; Owner: UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA)
  • WLNN-LP (Channel 24; BOONE, NC; Owner: SOUND MEDIA INC.)

Grandfather fatal accident list:

Jul 6, 2009 06:10 PM, Sr-105, Lat: 36.112622, Lon: -81.846556, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 1, Fatalities: 1
Oct 19, 2005 00:05 AM, Sr-105, Lat: 36.105620, Lon: -81.852360, Vehicles: 1, Persons: 2, Fatalities: 1
  • National Bridge Inventory (NBI) Statistics
  • 16Number of bridges
  • 276ft / 83.9mTotal length
  • $5,534,000Total costs
  • 40,950Total average daily traffic
  • 5,005Total average daily truck traffic
  • 75,771Total future (year 2025) average daily traffic
New bridges in Grandfather, NC - historical statistics
  • New bridges - historical statistics
  • 11940-1949
  • 31950-1959
  • 31960-1969
  • 11970-1979
  • 21980-1989
  • 31990-1999
  • 12000-2009
  • 22010-2018
See full National Bridge Inventory statistics for Grandfather, NC

FCC Registered Cell Phone Towers:

1
  • Linnville Ridge Country Club (Lat: 36.111389 Lon: -81.858889), Type: Building, Structure height: 15.2 m, Overall height: 17.1 m, Call Sign: KNKN693
    Assigned Frequencies: 880.020 MHz, 835.020 MHz, 891.510 MHz, 846.510 MHz, Grant Date: 08/31/2010, Expiration Date: 10/01/2020Registrant: Lukas, Nace, Gutierrez & Sachs, LLP, 8300 Greensboro Drive, Suite 1200, Mclean, VA 22102, Phone: (703) 584-8661, Fax: (703) 584-8696, Email:

Most commonly used house heating fuel in houses and condos in Grandfather, NC
  • 55.9%Bottled, tank, or LP gas
  • 41.2%Electricity
  • 2.9%Utility gas


Grandfather compared to North Carolina state average:

  • Median household income significantly above state average.
  • Median house value significantly above state average.
  • Unemployed percentage significantly below state average.
  • Black race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Renting percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in significantly above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor's degree or higher significantly above state average.
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