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Overview

Introduction to Waynesville, North Carolina

Waynesville, North Carolina, in Haywood county, is 25 miles W of Asheville, North Carolina (center to center) and 122 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina.

Waynesville History

In 1810, an American Revolutionary War soldier Colonel Robert Love, founded Waynesville. He donated land for the construction of a public square, a courthouse, and a jail. Robert Love named the settlement in honor of his former commander, General "Mad" Anthony Wayne. It was incorporated as a town in 1871. Railroad arrived in 1884, which led to growth in the agricultural, tourism, and lumber industries. The area where the train station was built was named "Frog Level" and eventually became the commercial center of the community. In July of 1995, the towns of Waynesville and Hazelwood merged to form a larger community.

Waynesville and Nearby Attractions

  • Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts
  • Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site
  • Black Rock Mountain State Park
  • North Carolina Arboretum
  • Ripley's Aquarium of the Smokies

Things To Do In Waynesville

Waynesville is home to the Museum of North Carolina Handicrafts which features a collection of art, handicrafts, and furniture created by various North Carolina artists. The Mountain Heritage Center, the Museum of the Cherokee Indian, the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site, the Thomas Wolfe Memorial, and Historic Johnson Farm are other museums and historic sites nearby. Cold Mountain, which is situated within the Pisgah National Forest, is a popular destination that was made famous by Charles Frazier's novel "Cold Mountain." The 1,000-acre Keowee-Toxaway State Natural Area offers facilities for boating, fishing, hiking, camping, and picnicking. The community also organizes several festivals throughout the year including the Ramp Festival, the Smoky Mountain Folk Festival, the Apple Harvest Festival, the International Folk Festival, and the Haywood County Fair.

Waynesville Transportation

Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Waynesville Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Western Carolina University, Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, and Clemson University.

Demographics

People

Total Population9,788
Male Share of the Population45.8%
Female Share of the Population54.2%
Senior Citizens27.8%
Employed Population 16+3,768
Age of the Population48

Families

% of people married46.8%
Average household size2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher25.8%
Median Earnings25+$32,897
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification$17,288
Median Earnings With High School Degree$19,224

Wealth

Median Family Income$45,208
% Above Poverty Level76.9%
% Below Poverty Level23.1%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time21 minutes
% Working from Home3.5%
% Walking and Biking to Work3.4%
% Using Public Transportation1%

Housing

People Living Alone41.1%
Median Gross Rent$725
Median House Value$159,900

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American)17.2%
Irish11.7%
German10.7%
English8.1%
Italian4.2%
Scottish2.9%
Dutch2.3%
French Except Basque2.1%
Polish1.5%
Welsh0.6%
Russian0.4%
Swedish0.3%
Greek0.3%
Hungarian0.3%
Lebanese0.2%
Canadian0.2%
Norwegian0.2%
Arab0.2%
Swiss0.1%
Czech0.1%
Romanian0.1%
Lithuanian0.1%
Iranian0.1%
Finnish0.1%
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Waynesville Almanac

CategoryValue
County Haywood County
Standard Zip Codes28785, 28786
Phone Area Codes828
Time ZoneAmerica/New_York
Approximate Latitude35.63
Approximate Longitude-83.02

Waynesville Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

StationWAYNESVILLE 1 E
Distance1.3 miles
Jan Temp22 to 47 F
Apr Temp37 to 66 F
Jul Temp57 to 83 F
Oct Temp37 to 68 F
Annual Precip48.7 inches
StationCANTON 1 SW
Distance8.1 miles
Jan Temp23 to 46 F
Apr Temp38 to 66 F
Jul Temp60 to 82 F
Oct Temp41 to 66 F
Annual Precip41.9 inches
StationCATALOOCHEE
Distance10.8 miles
Jan Temp22 to 46 F
Apr Temp37 to 66 F
Jul Temp58 to 81 F
Oct Temp38 to 67 F
Annual Precip51.8 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

LocationPopulationMedian Family Income
Canton4,182$43,000
Clyde1,226$56,174
Cullowhee5,556$50,671
Maggie Valley1,767$45,278
Sylva2,599$46,098
Webster438$56,500

Waynesville Public Libraries

Haywood County Public Library
678 S HAYWOOD ST
Waynesville, North Carolina
(828) 356-2504

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Waynesville Public Schools

Jonathan Valley Elementary
410 Hall Drive
ZIP: 28785
(828) 926-3207
Primary
Total Enrollment 364
Bethel Middle
630 Sonoma Road
ZIP: 28786
(828) 646-3442
Middle
Total Enrollment 290
Central Elementary
62 Joy Lane
ZIP: 28786
(828) 456-2405
Primary
Total Enrollment 274
Waynesville Middle
495 Brown Ave
ZIP: 28786
(828) 456-2403
Middle
Total Enrollment 893
Hazelwood Elementary
1111 Plott Creek Road
ZIP: 28786
(828) 456-2406
Primary
Total Enrollment 510
Junaluska Elementary
2238 Asheville Road
ZIP: 28786
(828) 456-2407
Primary
Total Enrollment 349
Tuscola High
564 Tuscola School Rd
ZIP: 28786
(828) 456-2408
High
Total Enrollment 1013
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