Mitchell County is located in western North Carolina. The County Seat is Bakersville and the largest city is Spruce Pine . The Official Web Site is located at http://www.mitchellcounty.org/. The 2014 population estimate is 15,311 and the 2010 census population was 15,581. The land area is 221.43 square miles and there are 70.4 persons per square mile.
96.9% of the population is White, 0.6% is Black or African American, 4.7% is Hispanic or Latino, 0.4% is Asian, 0.9% is American Indian or Alaska Native, 0.1% is Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander, and 1.1% is two or more races. 81.3% have a high school degree or higher, and 16.9% have a Bachelor degree or higher.
The median home value is $117,300, there are 6,455 households, an average of 2.35 persons per household. The per capita income is $21,404, the median household income is $37,680, and 18.3% of the persons in Mitchell County are considered below poverty level.
The total number of firms, at last estimate, was 1,883. Retail sales (in $1000) were $171,884, and sales per capita were $10,953. The percentage of black-owned firms is 0%, and the percentage of women-owned firms is 18.5%.
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