Beech Mountain, NC

Beech Mountain, situated in both Avery and Watauga County, is a small town made up of 6.7 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Beech Mountain, NC

August 8, 2016

Beech Mountain, the highest town east of the Rockies, was incorporated in 1981. The town was originally a private resort in the 1960's in hopes to become a popular vacation location, and a place for 2nd homes.


The median resident age in Beech Mountain is 64 years. The median estimated household income is about $68,000 making it about $23,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $45,000. The average price for a home in Beech Mountain is about $226,000 (2013) which is $71,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $900 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Beech Mountain is 95% White, 3% Hispanic, 1% Black, and 1% American Indian. 98% of the population are high school graduates, with 56% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 77% are married, 5% are divorced, 7% are widowed, 1% are separated, leaving 10% that have never been married.

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Avery and Watauga County

Beech Mountain belongs to Avery County in the western part of North Carolina. The county was named after Waightstill Avery; he was American Revolutionary War colonel and the first Attorney General of North Carolina. Avery County has a population of 18,000 and the city Newland, with a population of 700, is the county seat.

Avery County, the newest county of North Carolina, was formed from parts of Mitchell, Watauga, and Caldwell Counties in 1911.

Avery County borders Watauga, Mitchell, McDowell, Burke, Caldwell, Carter (Tennessee), and Johnson (Tennessee) Counties.

Avery County is made up of 247 square miles; nearly all 247 square miles are land.

Beech Mountain also belongs to Watauga County. The county, named after the Watauga River, was formed from parts of Ashe, Wilkes, Caldwell, and Yancey counties in 1849. Watauga County has a population of 51,000 its largest city Boone, with a population of 17,000, is the county seat. The county makes up part of the Boone, NC Micropolitan Statistical Area.

Watauga County is made up of 312 square miles; nearly all 312 square miles are land.


The Population of Beech Mountain, NC is about 320.


The elevation of Beech Mountain, NC is 5,506 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Beech Mountain, NC is 28604.

Area Code

The area code for Beech Mountain, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Beech Mountain and Avery County have voted mostly Republican, with 75% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 58% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 40% are protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Beech Mountain is around 5% (2015), making it the same as the state average of around 5%. Professional scientific and technical services, arts entertainment and recreation, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Avery Journal Times, High Country Press, Mountain Times Publications, and The Avery Post are the primary newspapers that cover the Beaufort County area.