Crossnore, NC

Crossnore, situated in Avery County, is a small town made up of .4 square miles.

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The town is named after founder George Crossnore in the early 1800s. 

The town of Crossnore was named after the establishment of a post office in the area that was lobbied for by citizens in 1883, and it was suggested that the town be named in honor of its founder. 


The median resident age in Crossnore is 28 years. The median estimated household income is about $43,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average.  

The estimated per capita is about $24,000. The average price for a home in Crossnore is about $142,000 (2015) which is $18,000 less than the North Carolina Average. 

The racial makeup of Crossnore is 83% White, 9% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 6% other. 81% of the population are high school graduates, with 28% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

47% are married, 7% are divorced, 0% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 38% that have never been married.

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Avery County

Crossnore 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.


The population of Crossnore, NC is about 200. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Crossnore, NC is 3,369 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Crossnore, NC is 28616.

Area Code

The area code for Crossnore, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Crossnore 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 Crossnore is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%. Retail, education, and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Avery Journal is the primary newspaper that covers the Avery County area.