Highlands, North Carolina

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Highlands, North Carolina

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High Points

Highlands strengths, compared to Peers (similar size places nationally) or State (other places in North Carolina):

Category Trophy
Short Commute Times
(vs. Peers)
Top 2% trophy Highlands Short Commute Times
College Educated Adults
(vs. Peers)
Top 7% Highlands College Educated Adults
Well-Paid Single Women
(vs. Peers)
Top 11% Highlands Well-Paid Single Women
Well-Paid Single Men
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Highlands Well-Paid Single Men
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 15% Highlands Low Property Crime
Low Rate of Poverty
(vs. State)
Top 19% Highlands Low Rate of Poverty

Comparative Profile of Highlands, North Carolina

Comparing Highlands to similar size places nationwide (Peers) and to other places in North Carolina (State):

Ratings range from 1 (lowest) to 10 (highest).

The People

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Age of the Population 10 10
Senior Citizens 10 10
Well-Paid Single Women 9 9
Well-Paid Single Men 9 9
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Racial Diversity 4 1
Children Under 5 Years Old 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Portion of People Married 4 6
Average Household Size 1 1


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
College Educated Adults 10 9
Median Family Income 7 8
People Above Poverty 7 9
People in Middle Class or Better 7 8

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 10 10
Working at Home 10 10
Walking and Biking to Work 4 3
Public Transportation Use 3 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 10 10
People Living Alone 10 10
Housing Recently Built 8 6
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 6
Affordability of Property Taxes 6 4
Affordability of Rents 3 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Property Crime 5 9
Low Violent Crime 4 7

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Highlands Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 47 miles W of Greenville, South Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 112 miles NE of Atlanta, Georgia
County Macon
Standard Zip Codes 28741
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.052
Longitude -83.196

Highlands Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Distance 0.8 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 42 F
Apr Temp 38 to 62 F
Jul Temp 57 to 78 F
Oct Temp 40 to 62 F
Annual Precip 87.5 inches
Distance 13.4 miles
Jan Temp 25 to 49 F
Apr Temp 41 to 68 F
Jul Temp 60 to 84 F
Oct Temp 41 to 69 F
Annual Precip 71.8 inches
Station SALEM 5 NNE
Distance 15.7 miles
Jan Temp 27 to 50 F
Apr Temp 43 to 71 F
Jul Temp 64 to 88 F
Oct Temp 45 to 71 F
Annual Precip 66.8 inches
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Highlands Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 909 100%
Male 434 47.7%
Female 475 52.3%
Under 18 149 16.4%
18+ 760 83.6%
65+ 226 24.9%
Median Age 50.9
Average Family Size 2.66
White 895 98.5%
African-American 0 0%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 0 0%
Other 8 0.9%
Mixed Race 5 0.6%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 27 3%

Estimated Highlands Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 941
Growth 32
Growth % 3.5%

Highlands Ancestry

(From 2000 Census, as reported by individuals)

Note: This is national, not racial, ancestry, so, e.g., the Census doesn't have categories for Hispanic and African-American people. CityTownInfo is currently gathering additional ancestry data for this site.
Ancestry Percent
English 24.9%
Irish 12.7%
Scotch-Irish 11%
US/American 10.4%
German 8.8%
Scottish 6.4%
French (except Basque) 4.8%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 3.4%
Italian 3.3%
Polish 2.5%
Swedish 1.8%
Welsh 1.6%
Dutch 1.5%
European 1.4%
British 0.8%
Swiss 0.5%
Norwegian 0.5%
Danish 0.5%
Russian 0.5%
Greek 0.5%
Pennsylvania German 0.4%
Ukrainian 0.4%
Czechoslovakian 0.3%
Iranian 0.3%
Austrian 0.3%
Czech 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Highlands 909 $46,875
Cullowhee 3,579 $36,538
Dillsboro 205 $27,188
Franklin 3,490 $30,426
Rosman 490 $24,219
Webster 486 $46,042
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Highlands High Schools (2004)

Serves 393 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 10.1

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