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Highlands, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Highlands had a population of 984 as of July 1, 2015. Highlands 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 Highlands is located at latitude 35.0538 and longitude -83.1976 in Macon County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Highlands (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Macon County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3,832 feet.

The Town of Highlands (GNIS ID: 2405833) 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 Town of Highlands is located within Township of Highlands, a minor civil division (MCD) of Macon County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Highlands population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2015.

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Highlands, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2015)


Total Population 984
Population in Households 963
Population in Familes 740
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density1 164
Diversity Index2 21


Total Households 493
Average Household Size 1.95
Family Households 299
Average Family Size 2


Total Housing Units 2,253 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 372 (16.5%)
Renter Occupied HU 121 ( 5.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,760 (78.1%)
Median Home Value $351,408
Average Home Value $428,100


Median Household Income $53,042
Average Household Income $88,784
Per Capita Income $42,116
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 1.21% 0.96%
Households 1.29% 1.03%
Families 1.75% 0.85%
Median Household Income   2.48%
Per Capita Income   2.56%
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.


Highlands, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Highlands to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2015 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 # 441 40th
Population Density1 # 659 11th
Diversity Index2 # 623 16th
Median Household Income # 141 81st
Per Capita Income # 27 96th

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