Beech Mountain, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Town of Beech Mountain had a population of 332 as of July 1, 2016. Beech 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 Beech Mountain is located at latitude 36.2117 and longitude -81.8912 in Avery County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Beech Mountain (see map below) encompass a land area of 6.6 sq. miles and a water area of 0.01 sq. miles. Avery County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 4,245 feet.

While the primary coordinates for Town of Beech Mountain are located in Avery County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Watauga County.

The Town of Beech Mountain (GNIS ID: ) has a P1 Census Class Code which indicates populated place that is also an incorporated place with the same name and the same census code. It also has a Functional Status Code of "A" which identifies an active government providing primary general-purpose functions.

The Town of Beech Mountain is located within Township of Laurel Creek, a minor civil division (MCD) of Avery County.

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


Total Population 332
Population in Households 325
Population in Familes 256
Population in Group Qrtrs 7
Population Density1 50
Diversity Index2 10


Total Households 158
Average Household Size 2.06
Family Households 100
Average Family Size 3


Total Housing Units 2,401 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 125 ( 5.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 33 ( 1.4%)
Vacant Housing Units 2,243 (93.4%)
Median Home Value $263,333
Average Home Value $304,435


Median Household Income $52,016
Average Household Income $79,758
Per Capita Income $35,975
  (Compound Annual Growth Rates)


2010-2015 2015-2020
Population 0.59% 0.36%
Households 0.41% 0.25%
Families 0.32% 0.4%
Median Household Income   2.37%
Per Capita Income   2.43%
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.

Beech Mountain, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Beech 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 # 629 15th
Population Density1 # 727 2nd
Diversity Index2 # 715 3rd
Median Household Income # 163 78th
Per Capita Income # 55 93rd

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