Sugar Mountain, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Village of Sugar Mountain had a population of 204 as of July 1, 2016. Sugar Mountain ranks in the lower quartile for Population Density and Diversity Index when compared to the other cities, towns and Census Designated Places (CDPs) in North Carolina. See peer rankings below.

The primary coordinate point for Sugar Mountain is located at latitude 36.1268 and longitude -81.8641 in Avery County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Sugar Mountain (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Avery County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 4,400 feet.

The Village of Sugar Mountain (GNIS ID: 2407555) has a C1 Census Class Code which indicates an active incorporated place that does not serve as a county subdivision equivalent. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Village of Sugar Mountain is located within Township of Banner Elk, a minor civil division (MCD) of Avery County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sugar Mountain population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2016.

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Sugar Mountain, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 204
Population in Households 183
Population in Familes 139
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density1 83
Diversity Index2 13


Total Households 98
Average Household Size 1.87
Family Households 61
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 1,662 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 72 ( 4.3%)
Renter Occupied HU 26 ( 1.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,564 (94.1%)
Median Home Value $311,111
Average Home Value $400,357


Median Household Income $50,758
Average Household Income $78,731
Per Capita Income $33,511
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.48% 0.49%
Households 0.67% 0.6%
Families 2.59% 0.33%
Median Household Income   2.03%
Per Capita Income   2.65%
1) Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
2) The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelyhood that two persons, chosen at random from the same area, belong to different race or ethnic groups. If an area's entire population belongs to one race AND one ethnic group, then the area has zero diversity. An area's diversity index increases to 100 when the population is evenly divided into two or more race/ethnic groups.
Based on Census 2010 counts, the Diversity Index for the United States was 60.6 and it is expected to increase to 64.8 by July 1, 2018.

Sugar Mountain, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sugar Mountain to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2016 data. The location Ranked # 1 has the highest value. A location that ranks higher than 75% of its peers would be in the 75th percentile of the peer group.

Variable Description Rank Percentile
Total Population # 685 7th
Population Density1 # 707 4th
Diversity Index2 # 699 6th
Median Household Income # 190 74th
Per Capita Income # 71 91st

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