Elk Park, NC

Elk Park, situated in Avery County, is a small town made up of .7 square miles.

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Elk Park was incorporated in the 1880s and was originally the county seat of Avery County.


The median resident age in Elk Park is 42 years. The median estimated household income is about $28,000 making it about $20,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $17,000. The average price for a home in Elk Park is about $91,000 (2015) which is $69,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $800 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Elk Park is 90% White, 8% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 80% of the population are high school graduates, with 4% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 48% are married, 17% are divorced, 2% are separated, 12% are widowed, leaving 21% that have never been married.

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Avery County

Elk Park 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 Elk Park, NC is about 450. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1980's.


The elevation of Elk Park, NC is 3,166 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Elk Park, NC is 28622.

Area Code

The area code for Elk Park, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Elk Park 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 unafiliated (Nones). About 40% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


The unemployment rate for Elk Park is about 5% (2015), making it roughly equal to the state average of around 5%. Manufacturing 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.