Hayesville, North Carolina

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Hayesville is a town in Clay County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 297 at the 2000 census. It is the county seat of Clay County.[3]



Hayesville is located at 35°2′48″N 83°49′4″W / 35.04667°N 83.81778°W / 35.04667; -83.81778 (35.046630, -83.817883).[4]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.1 km²), all of it land.


Hayesville occupies the site of the former Cherokee town of Quanassee, which lay along the Trading Path (also called the "Unicoi Turnpike"). The road led from Hayesville west to Murphy, North Carolina, then over the Unicoi Range at Unicoi Gap and down to the Cherokee town of Great Tellico (today Tellico Plains, Tennessee) (Duncan 2003:245).

The town of Hayesville was incorporated on March 12, 1913. The first mayor of Hayesville was S.E. Hogsed.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 297 people, 147 households, and 80 families residing in the town. The population density was 668.2 people per square mile (260.6/km²). There were 171 housing units at an average density of 384.7/sq mi (150.1/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 99.33% White, 0.34% African American, and 0.34% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.35% of the population.

There were 147 households out of which 21.1% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.5% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.9% were non-families. 42.9% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.99 and the average family size was 2.73.

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