Saluda, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Saluda, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Saluda had a population of 760 as of July 1, 2016. Saluda ranks in the lower quartile for 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 Saluda is located at latitude 35.2375 and longitude -82.3469 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Saluda (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,096 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Saluda are located in Polk County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Henderson County.

The City of Saluda (GNIS ID: 2405410) 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 City of Saluda is located within Township of Saluda, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Saluda 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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Saluda, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 760
Population in Households 726
Population in Familes 559
Population in Group Qrtrs 34
Population Density1 487
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 322
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 196
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 519 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 252 (48.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 70 (13.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 197 (38.0%)
Median Home Value $252,778
Average Home Value $274,004


Median Household Income $41,098
Average Household Income $53,099
Per Capita Income $24,515
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.03% 0.88%
Households 0.61% 0.79%
Families 1.02% 0.7%
Median Household Income   1.95%
Per Capita Income   2.16%
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.

Saluda, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Saluda 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 # 489 34th
Population Density1 # 457 38th
Diversity Index2 # 716 3rd
Median Household Income # 339 54th
Per Capita Income # 257 65th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.