NC High Country Communities at a Glance

POPULATION

population

  • Banner Elk: 1,093
  • Beech Mountain: 319
  • Blowing Rock: 1,235
  • Boone: 17,774
  • Jefferson: 1,594
  • Newland: 698
  • Sparta: 1,735
  • West Jefferson: 1,299
  • Wilkesboro: 3,426

 

AVG TEMPERATURES

temps

  • Banner Elk: July 77ºF (high), 57ºF (low); January 40ºF (high), 19ºF (low)
  • Beech Mountain: July 77ºF (high), 57ºF (low); January 40ºF (high), 19ºF (low)
  • Blowing Rock: July 78.9ºF (high), 58.1ºF (low); January 41.6ºF (high), 20.7ºF (low)
  • Boone: July 78.9ºF (high), 58.1ºF (low); January 41.6ºF (high), 20.7ºF (low)
  • Jefferson: July 81ºF (high), 58ºF (low); January 43ºF (high), 20ºF (low)
  • Newland: July 84ºF (high), 63ºF (low); January 45.3ºF (high), 25.2ºF (low)
  • Sparta: July 80ºF (high), 57ºF (low); January 42ºF (high), 19ºF (low)
  • West Jefferson: July 81ºF (high), 51ºF (low); January 43ºF (high), 20ºF (low)
  • Wilkesboro: July 87ºF (high), 65ºF (low); January 48ºF (high), 25ºF (low)

 

AVERAGE SNOWFALL

snowfall

  • Banner Elk: 38.7″
  • Beech Mountain: 84″
  • Blowing Rock: 34.6″
  • Boone: 34.6″
  • Jefferson: 13.26″
  • Newland: 15.4″
  • Sparta: 22″
  • West Jefferson: 13.26″
  • Wilkesboro: 14.93″

 

MEDIAN AGE

age

  • Banner Elk: 22
  • Beech Mountain: 51
  • Blowing Rock: 51
  • Boone: 21
  • Jefferson: 51
  • Newland: 40
  • Sparta: 44
  • West Jefferson: 43
  • Wilkesboro: 42

 

INCOME (median per household)

  income

  • Banner Elk: $33,750
  • Beech Mountain: $47,500
  • Blowing Rock: $54,271
  • Boone: $20,541 (factored in student population)
  • Jefferson: $22,847
  • Newland: $24,375
  • Sparta: $22,474
  • West Jefferson: $24,479
  • Wilkesboro: $40,982

 

COST of LIVING (average all housing units)

housing

  • Banner Elk: $258,329
  • Beech Mountain: $376,328
  • Blowing Rock: $599,302
  • Boone: $290,591
  • Jefferson: $200,271
  • Newland: $164,300
  • Sparta: $124,039
  • West Jefferson: $176, 436
  • Wilkesboro: $205, 193

 

MOST COMMON INDUSTRIES

ASU

  • Banner Elk: Educational Services, Arts/Entertainment/Recreation, Construction
  • Beech Mountain: Retail Trade, Arts/Entertainment/Recreation, Accommodation/Food Service
  • Blowing Rock: Real Estate/Rentals, Accommodation/Food Service, Professional/Scientific/Technical Services
  • Boone: Accommodation/Food Service, Educational Service, Retail Trade
  • Jefferson: Manufacturing, Construction, Retail Trade
  • Newland: Construction, Manufacturing, Public Administration
  • Sparta: Construction, Manufacturing, Agriculture/Forestry/Fishing/Hunting
  • West Jefferson: Retail Trade, Public Administration, Construction
  • Wilkesboro: Construction, Manufacturing, Accommodation/Food Service

 

TAX RATES

tax

  • Banner Elk: 0.42
  • Beech Mountain: 0.64
  • Blowing Rock: 0.5930
  • Boone: 0.683
  • Jefferson: 0.33
  • Newland: 0.765
  • Sparta: 0.71
  • West Jefferson: 0.82
  • Wilkesboro: 0.655

 

HEALTHCARE

s

  • Banner Elk: Cannon Memorial Hospital-15 minutes away in Linville
  • Beech Mountain: Cannon Memorial Hospital-25 minutes away in Linville
  • Blowing Rock: Watauga Medical Center-7 miles away in Boone; Cannon Memorial Hospital-15 miles away in Linville
  • Boone: Watauga Medical Center-in town
  • Jefferson: Ashe Memorial Hospital -in town
  • Newland: Cannon Memorial Hospital-6 minutes away in Linville
  • Sparta: Alleghany Memorial Hospital-in town
  • West Jefferson: Ashe Memorial Hospital-7 minutes away in Jefferson
  • Wilkesboro: Wilkes Regional Medical Center-in town

 

 

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