Beech Mountain, North Carolina

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Beech Mountain is a town in Avery and Watauga counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 310 at the 2000 census. The town is located atop Beech Mountain, one of the higher peaks of the Blue Ridge Mountains range.



Beech Mountain is located at 36°12′23″N 81°52′59″W / 36.20639°N 81.88306°W / 36.20639; -81.88306 (36.206374, -81.883115).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.7 sq mi (17.4 km²), all land.

At an elevation of 5,506 feet (1,678 m), Beech Mountain is the highest incorporated community east of the Mississippi River. Beech Mountain Ski Resort is one of very few ski areas operating in the Southern United States.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 310 people, 145 households, and 95 families residing in the town. The population density was 46.6 people per square mile (18.0/km²). There were 1,868 housing units at an average density of 280.8/sq mi (108.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 97.42% White, and 2.58% from two or more races. Hispanics or Latinos of any race were 0.97% of the population.

There were 145 households out of which 15.9% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 59.3% were married couples living together, 2.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.8% were non-families. 21.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 9.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.45.

The age distribution was 12.6% under the age of 18, 5.8% from 18 to 24, 24.8% from 25 to 44, 33.9% from 45 to 64, and 22.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 51 years. For every 100 females there were 108.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 106.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $47,500, and the median income for a family was $52,813. Males had a median income of $32,031 versus $22,000 for females. The per capita income for the town was $26,799. About 2.8% of families and 8.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen or sixty-five or over.

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