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Spruce Pine, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Spruce Pine had a population of 2,144 as of July 1, 2016.

The primary coordinate point for Spruce Pine is located at latitude 35.9138 and longitude -82.0698 in Mitchell County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Spruce Pine (see map below) encompass a land area of 3.98 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Mitchell County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,559 feet.

The Town of Spruce Pine (GNIS ID: 2407391) 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 Spruce Pine is located within Township of Grassy Creek, a minor civil division (MCD) of Mitchell County.

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


Total Population 2,144
Population in Households 2,123
Population in Familes 1,721
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density1 539
Diversity Index2 33


Total Households 843
Average Household Size 2.52
Family Households 535
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 1,063 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 538 (50.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 305 (28.7%)
Vacant Housing Units 220 (20.7%)
Median Home Value $113,636
Average Home Value $142,315


Median Household Income $32,105
Average Household Income $43,501
Per Capita Income $18,785
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population -0.16% 0.07%
Households -0.36% -0.02%
Families -0.53% -0.15%
Median Household Income   2.23%
Per Capita Income   1.47%
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.

Spruce Pine, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Spruce Pine 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 # 311 58th
Population Density1 # 434 41st
Diversity Index2 # 521 30th
Median Household Income # 590 20th
Per Capita Income # 548 26th

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