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Highlands, North Carolina - Basic Facts

The Town of Highlands had a population of 946 as of July 1, 2017. 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 35.0538 and longitude -83.1976 in Macon County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Highlands (see map below) 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.

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


Total Population 946
Daytime Population: Workers 2,115
Daytime Population: Residents 477
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 2,592
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 2.74
Population in Households 926
Population in Familes 710
Population in Group Qrtrs 20
Population Density2 157
Diversity Index3 21


Median Household Income $48,541
Average Household Income $86,297
Per Capita Income $41,156


Total Housing Units 2,253 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 355 (15.8%)
Renter Occupied HU 119 ( 5.3%)
Vacant Housing Units 1,780 (79.0%)
Median Home Value $428,125
Average Home Value $486,408


Total Households 473
Average Household Size 1.96
Family Households 285
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 0.33% 0.13%
Households 0.36% 0.17%
Families 0.6% 0.0%
Median Household Income   -0.7%
Per Capita Income   1.25%

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, 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 # 443 40th
Population Density # 664 10th
Diversity Index # 629 15th
Median Household Income # 240 68th
Per Capita Income # 38 95th

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