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The Town of West Jefferson had a population of 1,316 as of July 1, 2017. 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.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with West Jefferson population, income and housing data, five-year growth projections and peer comparisons for key demographic data. The estimates are for July 1, 2017.

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West Jefferson, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 1,316
Daytime Population: Workers 3,531
Daytime Population: Residents 732
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 4,263
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 3.24
Population in Households 1,301
Population in Familes 1,019
Population in Group Qrtrs 15
Population Density2 631
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $33,229
Average Household Income $43,981
Per Capita Income $19,271


Total Housing Units 763 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 382 (50.1%)
Renter Occupied HU 239 (31.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 142 (18.6%)
Median Home Value $167,529
Average Home Value $187,206


Total Households 621
Average Household Size 2.1
Family Households 388
Average Family Size 3
  1. If the ratio of the TDP to Total Population is greater than 1, the location gains population during the day when commuting workers are present. If the ratio is less than 1, the location is more of a bedroom community where people commute to another place for work.
  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.


2010-2017 2017-2022
Population 0.24% -0.11%
Households 0.09% -0.16%
Families 2.43% -0.31%
Median Household Income   0.58%
Per Capita Income   1.61%

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, 2017 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 # 389 47th
Population Density # 389 47th
Diversity Index # 577 22nd
Median Household Income # 592 20th
Per Capita Income # 557 25th

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