Avery County NC Information


Avery County Subdivisions

Avery County NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 18,093
Daytime Population: Workers 8,275
Daytime Population: Residents 9,254
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 17,529
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 0.97
Population in Households 15,572
Population in Familes 12,473
Population in Group Qrtrs 2,521
Population Density2 73
Diversity Index3 25


Median Household Income $36,948
Average Household Income $53,581
Per Capita Income $21,618


Total Housing Units 14,785 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,994 (33.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,761 (11.9%)
Vacant Housing Units 8,030 (54.3%)
Median Home Value $168,411
Average Home Value $224,925


Total Households 6,755
Average Household Size 2.31
Family Households 4,425
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 0.23% 0.03%
Households 0.19% 0.05%
Families 0.01% -0.06%
Median Household Income   0.73%
Per Capita Income   2.09%


Avery County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Avery County to the other 100 counties and county equivalents 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 # 86 15th
Population Density # 69 32nd
Diversity Index # 90 11th
Median Household Income # 72 29th
Per Capita Income # 65 36th

Additional comparisons and rankings can be made with a VERY EASY TO USE North Carolina Census Data Comparison Tool.