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Highlands, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Highlands had a population of 923 as of July 1, 2019. Highlands 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 Highlands is located at latitude 35.0526 and longitude -83.1968 in Macon County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Highlands encompass a land area of 6.01 sq. miles and a water area of 0.14 sq. miles. Macon County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 3,832 feet.

The Town of Highlands (GNIS ID: 2405833) 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 Highlands is located within Township of Highlands, a minor civil division (MCD) of Macon County.


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Highlands, NC Data & Demographics (As of July 1, 2019)

HOUSING AFFORDABILITY INDEX

Highlands, NC Housing Affordability Index is 60
State of North Carolina Housing Affordability Index is 140
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.

WEALTH INDEX

Highlands, NC Wealth Index is 161
State of North Carolina Wealth Index is 84
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.

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POPULATION

Total Population 923 (100%)
Population in Households 906 (98.2%)
Population in Families 695 (75.3%)
Population in Group Quarters1 17 ( 1.8%)
Population Density 151
Diversity Index2 22
 

INCOME

Median Household Income $53,561
Average Household Income $92,933
Per Capita Income $44,297
Wealth Index4 161

HOUSING

Total Housing Units 2,144 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 338 (15.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 124 ( 5.8%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,681 (78.4%)
Median Home Value $502,193
Housing Affordability Index3 60
 

HOUSEHOLDS

Total Households 463
Average Household Size 1.96
Family Households 278
Average Family Size 3
NOTES
  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 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.
  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 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.

GROWTH RATE / YEAR

2010-2019 2019-2024
Population 0.01% -0.11%
Households 0.07% -0.09%
Families 0.24% -0.14%
Median Household Income   0.04%
Per Capita Income   0.93%

Highlands, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Highlands to the other 739 incorporated cities, towns and CDPs in North Carolina by rank and percentile using July 1, 2019 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 # 451 39th
Population Density # 669 10th
Diversity Index # 620 16th
Median Household Income # 226 70th
Per Capita Income # 46 94th

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