Andrews, NC

Andrews NC is located in Cherokee County in the extreme western part of North Carolina about two hours west of Asheville.

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Andrews rests on the southern side of the Valley River on 1.6 square miles of land at an elevation of 2,350 feet above sea level. It is situated in the Great Smoky Mountains. It is considered an outdoorsmen's locale, with plenty of fresh mountain waters, hiking, hunting, and fishing areas.

The area where Andrews rests previously was inhabited by the Cherokee Indians. Their forced removal along the Trail of Tears in 1838, opened the door for white settlers moving westward from the Asheville area. Andrews was then called Jamesville, and then Valley Town. Fort Delaney was a outpost built by the Army to oversee the Cherokee removal.

A land auction and the railroad helped establish the town. In 1888, one of the leaders of the Richmond/Danville Railroad, Colonel A. B. Andrews purchased land for the purpose of building stores to support the construction workers in the Nantahala area. Two years later he sold the 50 acres, which was then surveyed for lots.

According to town historian, Dee Whitt Sharp, the railroad and a depot in Andrews was completed in 1890. A few years later J. Q. Barker built a lumber mill and the Snowbird Valley Railroad line, connecting the town to Andrews. This encouraged growth in the town. He was also influential in helping to gain incorporation of Andrews.

The first tannery business opened in 1898, courtesy F. P Cover from Virginia. A schoolhouse and two churches were also built, and by 1905, the town incorporated. It was named in honor of Colonel Andrews.

Another saw mill was in operation by 1911, followed by another standard gauge rail line, this one from Rainbow Springs to Andrews. And, in 1920 Hayesville was connected to Andrews via the Peavine Railroad. It provided movement of heavy goods between the two towns, but failed in the early 1950s.

A portion of the line (Andrews to Dillsboro) is now used by the Great Smoky Mountain Railroad (previously Railway), a tourist company offering trips in the area, who purchased it from the state.

In 1923, the First Baptist Church of Andrews was built The large building would later become the Valleytown Cultural Arts Center, after the Society and townspeople worked to secure the historic building in 1986.

Today, Andrews is a quiet American town, protected from the big city noise by the mountain valley in which is sits. People take it easy here. You can go fishing in one of the crisp, cold streams or take an adventurous trip down the rapids of the Nantahala River. No matter what you choose to do, one thing is for certain... life is slow and relaxing in Andrews NC.

AreaVibes gives Andrews NC a low livability score of 66. Even though there is a low cost of living and sunny weather, the town fails in crime, and scores low in amenities, education, employment, and housing.


There are 770 males and nearly 1,000 females living in Andrews. The median age is 35 years old. The median household income is $23,500, or about half the North Carolina average. The average price of a home is $92,000, more than $60,000 less than the state average.

87% of Andrews is White, 8% is Hispanic, and 4% are two or more races. Less than 1% is Black.

Less than 70% of those over 25 years of age hold a high school diploma, while just 7% have a Bachelor's degree, and 1% have a Graduate degree. 43% are married, 14% are widowed, and 18% are divorced.

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In 2013, the population of Andrews NC is 1,758, which is a 10% increase over the year 2000.


The elevation of Andrews is 2,350 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Andrews NC is 28901 and the area code is 828.


The weather in Andrews NC is generally sunny and warm in the summer and cold and wet in the winter. The average high temperature in July is 86 degrees F., while the low is around 60 F. In January, the average high temperature is 49 F, while the low is around 26 F.

Andrews receives about 5.5 inches of precipitation monthly, with December, January, and February being the wettest months, where snowfall can reach up to 4 inches.


Most of the population voted Republican in the past five presidential elections, including a 72% vote for Romney in 2012.


The newspaper that services Andrews NC is the Andrews Journal. The Asheville Citizen Times is also available in the area.


Crime is slightly higher than the national average, even considering the small population of Andrews NC. According to AreaVibes you have a 1 in 21 chance of being a victim of a crime, and a 1 in 181 chance of being a victim of a violent crime. The crime rate here is 56% higher than the North Carolina state average. Having said that, there has been only one murder, three robberies and three rapes between 2001 and 2011 (City-Data). Thefts average about 40 per year. There are just 6 full-time police officers in Andrews.


The closest airport to Andrews NC is the Western Carolina Regional Airport, located on Airport Road near the town. It is a 206-acre airport with a single asphalt-surfaced runway that is 5,500 feet long, 100 feet wide. It is located at 1,698 feet in elevation.

Cherokee County

Andrews NC is located in Cherokee County, consisting of more than 450 square miles, including nearly 100,000 acres of Forest Service lands.

High Schools

The only high school in Andrews is Andrews High School, at 50 High School Drive. It services students in grades 9 through 12.


The closest college to Andrews NC is Tri-County Community College in nearby Murphy, NC. Other colleges in the area include...

Western Carolina University in Cullowhee, NC
North Georgia College & State University in Dahlonega, GA
University of Tennessee in Knoxville, TN
Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, TN
Lee University in Cleveland, TN


54% of the town of Andrews NC is affiliated with a religious organization. Most (72%) are Southern Baptists, while 11% are United Methodists, 5% are Catholic, 2% are Seventh-Day Adventists, 2% are with the Church of God, ad 1.7% are with Assemblies of God.