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The Town of Burnsville had a population of 1,655 as of July 1, 2017.

The primary coordinate point for Burnsville is located at latitude 35.9164 and longitude -82.2974 in Yancey County. The formal boundaries for the Town of Burnsville (see map below) encompass a land area of 1.58 sq. miles and a water area of 0 sq. miles. Yancey County is in the Eastern time zone (GMT -5). The elevation is 2,825 feet.

The Town of Burnsville (GNIS ID: 2405350) 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 Burnsville is located within Township of Burnsville, a minor civil division (MCD) of Yancey County.

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


Total Population 1,655
Daytime Population: Workers 1,977
Daytime Population: Residents 1,076
Total Daytime Population (TDP) 3,053
Ratio TDP/Total Population1 1.84
Population in Households 1,598
Population in Familes 1,234
Population in Group Qrtrs 57
Population Density2 1,050
Diversity Index3 37


Median Household Income $33,378
Average Household Income $45,587
Per Capita Income $20,878


Total Housing Units 900 (100%)
Owner Occupied HU 405 (45.0%)
Renter Occupied HU 311 (34.6%)
Vacant Housing Units 184 (20.4%)
Median Home Value $181,618
Average Home Value $218,103


Total Households 716
Average Household Size 2.23
Family Households 419
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 -0.31% 0.04%
Households -0.38% -0.03%
Families 1.14% -0.19%
Median Household Income   0.73%
Per Capita Income   1.7%

Burnsville, NC - Peer Comparisons by Rank and Percentile

The table below compares Burnsville 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 # 354 52nd
Population Density # 207 72nd
Diversity Index # 471 36th
Median Household Income # 589 20th
Per Capita Income # 469 37th

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