Bryson City, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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Bryson City, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Bryson City had a population of 1,659 as of July 1, 2016. Bryson City 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 Bryson City is located at latitude 35.4266 and longitude -83.4473 in Swain County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Bryson City (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.18 sq. miles and a water area of 0.11 sq. miles. Swain County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 1,732 feet.

The Town of Bryson City (GNIS ID: 2405339) 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 Bryson City is located within Township of Charleston, a minor civil division (MCD) of Swain County.

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

Alternate Unofficial Names for Bryson City: Bryson, Charleston.

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Bryson City, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2016)


Total Population 1,659
Population in Households 1,590
Population in Familes 1,215
Population in Group Qrtrs 69
Population Density1 760
Diversity Index2 29


Total Households 706
Average Household Size 2.25
Family Households 412
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 972 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 424 (43.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 282 (29.0%)
Vacant Housing Units 266 (27.4%)
Median Home Value $144,518
Average Home Value $170,804


Median Household Income $36,025
Average Household Income $48,569
Per Capita Income $21,566
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 2.47% 1.96%
Households 2.21% 1.88%
Families 2.98% 1.83%
Median Household Income   1.43%
Per Capita Income   1.64%
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.

Bryson City, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Bryson City 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 # 355 52nd
Population Density1 # 335 55th
Diversity Index2 # 552 25th
Median Household Income # 484 35th
Per Capita Income # 372 50th

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