Elk Park, North Carolina

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Elk Park is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. The town was so named because of the number of Elk killed there.[3] The population was 459 at the 2000 census.



Elk Park is located at 36°9′30″N 81°58′52″W / 36.15833°N 81.98111°W / 36.15833; -81.98111 (36.158356, -81.981088).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.8 km²), all of it land.


In 1882, the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ("Tweetsie") linked Cranberry and Johnson City, Tennessee with a stop at Elk Park; three years later, Elk Park was incorporated. In 1911, Avery County was established; originally Elk Park was to serve as the county seat, but was changed after North Carolina Lieutenant-Governor William C. Newland made a deal that the new county seat would be named after him for his aid in passage of the bill. However, Elk Park did serve as a temporary county seat while the new incorporated town of Newland was being constructed. In 1950, the East Tennessee and Western North Carolina decommissioned the railroad at Elk Park, ending rail service in Avery County; though it has survived as a town unlike neighboring Cranberry.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 459 people, 205 households, and 125 families residing in the town. The population density was 659.2 people per square mile (253.2/km²). There were 237 housing units at an average density of 340.3/sq mi (130.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.56% White, and 0.44% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 2.40% of the population.

There were 205 households out of which 31.2% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 44.4% were married couples living together, 13.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.0% were non-families. 35.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 14.6% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.24 and the average family size was 2.91.

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