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Saluda, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The City of Saluda had a population of 743 as of July 1, 2020. Saluda 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 Saluda is located at latitude 35.2362 and longitude -82.3493 in Polk County. The formal boundaries for the City of Saluda encompass a land area of 1.56 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Polk County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,096 feet.

While the primary coordinates for City of Saluda are located in Polk County, it should be noted that the formal boundaries for this community also extend into and Henderson County.

The City of Saluda (GNIS ID: 2405410) 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 City of Saluda is located within Township of Saluda, a minor civil division (MCD) of Polk County.


Saluda, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2020)


Total Population 743 (100%)
Population in Households 710 (95.6%)
Population in Families 545 (73.4%)
Population in Group Quarters1 33 ( 4.4%)
Population Density 478
Diversity Index2 11


Median Household Income $50,605
Average Household Income $67,512
% of Income for Mortgage4 22%
Per Capita Income $30,561
Wealth Index5 86


Total HU (Housing Units) 524 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 244 (46.6%)
Renter Occupied HU 79 (15.1%)
Vacant Housing Units 201 (38.4%)
Median Home Value $262,000
Average Home Value $259,324
Housing Affordability Index3 128


Total Households 323
Average Household Size 2.2
Family Households 195
Average Family Size 3
  1. Group Quarters - a place where people live or stay in a group living arrangement. Includes college residents halls, nursing facilities, military barracks, and correctional facilities.
  2. 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 races 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.
  3. The Housing Affordability Index base is 100 and represents a balance point where a resident with a median household income can normally qualify to purchase a median price home. Values above 100 indicate increased affordability, while values below 100 indicate decreased affordability.
  4. The % of Income for Mortgage quantifies the percentage of median household income dedicated to mortgage payments on a home priced at the median value (assuming a 30-year mortgage and a 20% down payment).
  5. The Wealth Index is based on a number of indicators of affluence including average household income and average net worth, but it also includes the value of material possessions and resources. It represents the wealth of the area relative to the national level. Values above or below 100 represent above-average wealth or below-average wealth compared to the national level.


2010-2020 2020-2025
Population 0.4% 0.48%
Households 0.4% 0.49%
Families 0.57% 0.51%
Median Household Income   1.32%
Per Capita Income   2.59%
Owner Occupied HU   0.33%


Saluda, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Saluda to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2020 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 # 497 33rd
Population Density # 465 37th
Median Household Income # 311 58th
Housing Affordability Index # 98 13th
Per Capita Income # 198 73rd
Diversity Index # 720 3rd

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