Newland, North Carolina

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Newland is a town in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 704 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Avery County.[3] Before its founding, the area was known as Old Fields or Old Fields of Toe. In 1911 it was renamed Newland, after North Carolina Lieutenant Governor William C. Newland, and simultaneously became the County Seat for Avery County.

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Geography

Newland is located at 36°5′11″N 81°55′36″W / 36.08639°N 81.92667°W / 36.08639; -81.92667 (36.086509, -81.926664).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.7 square miles (1.7 km²), all of it land.

At an elevation of 3621 feet (1104m), it is the highest county seat in the Eastern United States (based on elevations in the USGS database).

The East Tennessee and Western North Carolina Railroad ("Tweetsie") passed through the town until 1940.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 704 people, 334 households, and 207 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,044.4 people per square mile (405.7/km²). There were 363 housing units at an average density of 538.5/sq mi (209.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.01% White, 0.99% from other races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.56% of the population.

There were 334 households out of which 25.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 42.5% were married couples living together, 15.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 38.0% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 17.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.09 and the average family size was 2.63.

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