Sugar Mountain, NC Profile: Facts, Map & Data


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The Village of Sugar Mountain had a population of 194 as of July 1, 2017. Sugar 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 Sugar Mountain is located at latitude 36.1268 and longitude -81.8641 in Avery County. The formal boundaries for the Village of Sugar Mountain (see map below) encompass a land area of 2.45 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Avery County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 4,400 feet.

The Village of Sugar Mountain (GNIS ID: 2407555) 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 Village of Sugar Mountain is located within Township of Banner Elk, a minor civil division (MCD) of Avery County.

Beneath the boundary map are tables with Sugar Mountain 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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Sugar Mountain, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2017)


Total Population 194
Daytime Population: Workers 632
Daytime Population: Residents 120
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 752
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 3.88
Population in Households 173
Population in Familes 131
Population in Group Qrtrs 21
Population Density2 79
Diversity Index3 14


Median Household Income $50,418
Average Household Income $81,735
Per Capita Income $34,025


Total Housing Units 1,540 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 67 ( 4.4%)
Renter Occupied HU 25 ( 1.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,449 (94.1%)
Median Home Value $313,889
Average Home Value $404,231


Total Households 91
Average Household Size 1.9
Family Households 56
Average Family Size 2
  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 -0.28% -0.21%
Households -0.45% -0.22%
Families 1.03% -0.36%
Median Household Income   1.15%
Per Capita Income   2.7%

Sugar Mountain, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Sugar Mountain 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 # 689 7th
Population Density # 712 4th
Diversity Index # 697 6th
Median Household Income # 212 71st
Per Capita Income # 82 89th

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