Avery County is located in northwest North Carolina. The County Seat is Newland and the largest city is Banner Elk. The Official Web Site is located at http://www.averycountync.gov/. The 2014 population estimate is 17,773 and the 2010 census population was 17,795. The land area is 247.09 square miles and there are 72 persons per square mile.
93.8% of the population is White, 4.2% is Black or African American, 4.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.6% is Asian, 0.5% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 0.8% is two or more races. 81.5% have a high school degree or higher, and 20.4% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $140,800, there are 7,122 households, an average of 2.17 persons per household. The per capita income is $21,598, the median household income is $36,969, and 18% of the persons in Avery County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 2,241. Retail sales (in $1000) were $197,646, and sales per capita were $11,084. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 18.5%.
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