West Jefferson, NC Profile: Facts & Data


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West Jefferson, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of West Jefferson had a population of 1,328 as of July 1, 2018. West Jefferson 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 West Jefferson is located at latitude 36.3925 and longitude -81.4892 in Ashe County. The formal boundaries for the Town of West Jefferson (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.09 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Ashe County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,976 feet.

The Town of West Jefferson (GNIS ID: 2406863) 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 West Jefferson is located within Township of West Jefferson, a minor civil division (MCD) of Ashe County.

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West Jefferson, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2018)


Total Population 1,328
Population in Households 1,314
Population in Familes 1,036
Population in Group Qrtrs 14
Population Density2 636
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $32,935
Average Household Income $44,916
Per Capita Income $19,690


Total Housing Units 778 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 367 (47.2%)
Renter Occupied HU 261 (33.5%)
Vacant Housing Units 150 (19.3%)
Median Home Value $166,092
Average Home Value $189,198


Total Households 628
Average Household Size 2.09
Family Households 392
Average Family Size 3
  1. Demographics are point estimates for July 1st of the current year and each for the forecast years. See References for more information.
  2. Population Density = Total Population per square mile.
  3. The Diversity Index is a scale of 0 to 100 that represents the likelihood 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.


2010-2018 2018-2023
Population 0.32% 0.37%
Households 0.21% 0.32%
Families 2.26% 0.2%
Median Household Income   1.43%
Per Capita Income   1.86%

West Jefferson, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares West Jefferson to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2018 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 # 390 47th
Population Density # 387 48th
Diversity Index # 587 21st
Median Household Income # 617 17th
Per Capita Income # 579 22nd

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