Swain County NC Information


Swain County Subdivisions

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


Total Population 15,286
Daytime Population: Workers 7,867
Daytime Population: Residents 8,184
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 16,051
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.05
Population in Households 15,042
Population in Familes 12,076
Population in Group Qrtrs 244
Population Density2 29
Diversity Index3 55


Median Household Income $36,272
Average Household Income $49,470
Per Capita Income $20,017


Total Housing Units 9,447 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 4,343 (46.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 1,759 (18.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 3,345 (35.4%)
Median Home Value $137,017
Average Home Value $164,690


Total Households 6,102
Average Household Size 2.47
Family Households 4,035
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 1.24% 1.15%
Households 1.01% 1.07%
Families 0.83% 0.97%
Median Household Income   0.69%
Per Capita Income   1.79%


Swain County NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Swain 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 # 88 13th
Population Density # 97 4th
Diversity Index # 41 60th
Median Household Income # 75 26th
Per Capita Income # 83 18th

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