Lansing, North Carolina

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Lansing is a town in Ashe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 151 at the 2000 census.

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History

The Town of Lansing, NC in Ashe County was incorporated May 16, 1928. Lansing has one traffic light (a single three way intersection at Hwy. 194 and Big Horse Creek Road).

In the early 20th century Lansing was a very busy place primarily because of the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company (also known as the "Virginia Creeper"). Todd, West Jefferson, Lansing, White Oak and other towns in NC were regular stopping places for the train. There were some productive iron mines around Lansing that used the railroad to move ore.

In the 1930s and 40's Lansing was home to one of two cheese factories in Ashe county. Lansing's cheese plant offered local farmers a place to bring their goods instead of traveling to the county's other cheese plant in West Jefferson.

Lansing High School was built in 1941 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using very beautiful local granite stone.

Geography

Lansing is located at 36°29′57″N 81°30′35″W / 36.49917°N 81.50972°W / 36.49917; -81.50972 (36.499091, -81.509617)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km²), all of it land.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 151 people, 69 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 396.9 people per square mile (153.4/km²). There were 83 housing units at an average density of 218.2/sq mi (84.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 69 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.2% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 42.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 75.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,125, and the median income for a family was $26,563. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,560. There were 9.8% of families and 17.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 31.0% of under eighteens and 23.9% of those over 64.

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