Mitchell County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 15,687. Its county seat is Bakersville6.
The county was formed in 1861 from parts of Burke County, Caldwell County, McDowell County, Watauga County, and Yancey County. It was named for Elisha Mitchell, professor of mathematics, chemistry, geology, and mineralogy at the University of North Carolina from 1818 until his death in 1857.
Law and government
Mitchell County is a member of the regional High Country Council of Governments.
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 575 km˛ (222 mi˛). 574 km˛ (221 mi˛) of it is land and 2 km˛ (1 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.32% water.
The county is divided into nine townships: Bakersville, Bradshaw, Cane Creek, Fork Mountain-Little Rock Creek (previously two separate townships), Grassy Creek, Harrell, Poplar, Red Hill, and Snow Creek.
- Carter County, Tennessee - north-northeast
- Avery County, North Carolina - northeast
- McDowell County, North Carolina - south
- Yancey County, North Carolina - southwest
- Unicoi County, Tennessee - north-northwest
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 15,687 people, 6,551 households, and 4,736 families residing in the county. The population density is 27/km˛ (71/mi˛). There are 7,919 housing units at an average density of 14/km˛ (36/mi˛). The racial makeup of the county is 97.87% White, 0.22% Black or African American, 0.45% Native American, 0.20% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.66% from other races, and 0.60% from two or more races. 1.98% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There are 6,551 households out of which 27.40% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 60.90% are married couples living together, 8.10% have a female householder with no husband present, and 27.70% are non-families. 25.20% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.00% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.37 and the average family size is 2.82.
In the county the population is spread out with 21.20% under the age of 18, 6.80% from 18 to 24, 26.40% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 18.60% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 95.60 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 92.30 males.
The median income for a household in the county is $30,508, and the median income for a family is $36,367. Males have a median income of $26,550 versus $20,905 for females. The per capita income for the county is $15,933. 13.80% of the population and 10.70% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 17.20% of those under the age of 18 and 16.40% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.
Cities and towns
- Mitchell County government official website (http://www.mitchellcounty.org)
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