Old Fort, North Carolina

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Old Fort, North Carolina

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High Points

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

Category Trophy
Affordability of Property Taxes
(vs. State)
Top 1% trophy Old Fort Affordability of Property Taxes
Affordability of Rents
(vs. State)
Top 11% Old Fort Affordability of Rents
Low Property Crime
(vs. State)
Top 14% Old Fort Low Property Crime
Racial Diversity
(vs. Peers)
Top 15% Old Fort Racial Diversity

Comparative Profile of Old Fort, North Carolina

Comparing Old Fort 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
Racial Diversity 9 5
Senior Citizens 8 8
Age of the Population 7 8
Children Under 5 Years Old 7 7
Female Share of the Population 6 5
Male Share of the Population 5 6
Well-Paid Single Men 4 4


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Average Household Size 2 2
Portion of People Married 1 2


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Above Poverty 3 5
People in Middle Class or Better 3 3
Median Family Income 1 1
College Educated Adults 1 1

Commute & Sprawl

Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Short Commute Times 8 8
Walking and Biking to Work 4 4
Public Transportation Use 3 3
Working at Home 2 3


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
People Living Alone 9 9
Affordability of Property Taxes 9 10
Seasonal and Vacation Housing 9 9
Affordability of Rents 8 9
Housing Recently Built 6 4
Studio & One-Bedroom Rentals 6 5


Characteristic Compared
to Peers
to State
Low Violent Crime 5 8
Low Property Crime 5 9

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Old Fort Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 21 miles E of Asheville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 80 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County McDowell
Standard Zip Codes 28762
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.628
Longitude -82.18

Old Fort Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)
Station MARION 2 NW
Distance 8.7 miles
Jan Temp 26 to 48 F
Apr Temp 44 to 69 F
Jul Temp 66 to 87 F
Oct Temp 46 to 69 F
Annual Precip 54 inches
Distance 10.2 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 51 F
Jul Temp 53 to 68 F
Oct Temp 38 to 56 F
Annual Precip 74.5 inches
Station CELO 2 S
Distance 14.1 miles
Jan Temp 22 to 46 F
Apr Temp 37 to 66 F
Jul Temp 58 to 82 F
Oct Temp 38 to 68 F
Annual Precip 58.8 inches
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Old Fort Population (2000)

Category Count Percent
Total Population 963 100%
Male 460 47.8%
Female 503 52.2%
Under 18 224 23.3%
18+ 739 76.7%
65+ 193 20%
Median Age 40
Average Family Size 2.76
White 762 79.1%
African-American 166 17.2%
Asian 1 0.1%
American Indian & Alaskan 2 0.2%
Other 8 0.8%
Mixed Race 24 2.5%
Hispanic (included in categories above) 16 1.7%

Estimated Old Fort Population Growth 2000-2005

Category Value
Est. 2005 Population 968
Growth 5
Growth % 0.5%

Old Fort 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
US/American 48.5%
Other (often includes Hispanic and African American) 25.2%
English 8.3%
Irish 7%
German 4%
Scotch-Irish 3.4%
Dutch 1.4%
Italian 0.8%
European 0.7%
British 0.4%
Scottish 0.3%
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Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Pop. Median Family
Income (2000)
Old Fort 963 $28,854
Black Mountain 7,511 $43,373
Chimney Rock 175 $29,583
Lake Lure 1,027 $45,833
Marion 4,943 $35,463
Montreat 630 $60,625
Spruce Pine 2,030 $33,902
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