Cullowhee, North Carolina

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Cullowhee is a census-designated place (CDP) in Jackson County, North Carolina, United States. Cullowhee is best known for being the home of Western Carolina University (WCU). The population was 3,579 as of the 2000 census. The area known as Cullowhee has Western Carolina University, part of the UNC System, and the village/town of Forest Hills within its area. Many community places are located here, the K-8 Cullowhee Valley School, Jackson County Recreation Department, and the Jackson County Airport are located in the area. Most towns the size of Cullowhee have a downtown, shopping area/district, and grocery store, but Cullowhee really doesn't have any of that. Forest Hills, a village/town located in the area known as Cullowhee, has had a proposal placed before it to become the town/city of Cullowhee, incorporating areas along Old Cullowhee Road and NC 107. The area around Old Cullowhee Road would then become a large traditional downtown area with mixed use buildings, a city hall, homes, walkable neighborhoods, supermarket, and trails/parks along the river and throughout the area. The Elementary School could even be relocated here, as well as the Post Office and other town/city functions.[3]



Cullowhee is located at 35°18′35″N 83°11′01″W / 35.309704°N 83.183726°W / 35.309704; -83.183726.[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the CDP has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km2), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,579 people, 716 households, and 272 families residing in the CDP. The population density was 983.1 people per square mile (379.6/km2). There were 823 housing units at an average density of 226.1/sq mi (87.3/km2). The racial makeup of the CDP was 88.91% White, 7.24% African American, 0.95% Native American, 1.34% Asian, 0.08% Pacific Islander, 0.53% from other races, and 0.95% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.31% of the population.

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