Hayesville, NC

Hayesville, situated in Clay County, is a small town made up of only .4 square miles.

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Hayesville was established in the former site of Quanassee, which was a Cherokee town.  

The town is named in honor of former Cherokee County representative candidate George Hayes. Hayesville would be incorporated in 1913.  


The median resident age in Hayesville is 54 years. The median estimated household income is about $30,000 making it about $18,000 less than the North Carolina average.

The estimated per capita is about $25,500. The average price for a home in Hayesville is about $143,000 (2015) which is $17,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $300 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Hayesville is 96% White, 2% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% Native American. 86% of the population are high school graduates, with 27% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher.

52% are married, 10% are divorced, 7% are separated, 11% are widowed, leaving 20% that have never been married.

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Clay County

Hayesville belongs to Clay County in the western part of North Carolina. The County was founded in 1861, and was named after Henry Clay. Clay County has a population of 11,000 and its largest town Hayesville, with a population of 300, is the county seat.

The area of modern day Clay County was originally inhabited by the Cherokee Tribe when the Europeans arrived. The European immigrants were mainly Scots-Irish that traveled south from Virginia and Pennsylvania after the Revolutionary War. The county was formed from parts of Cherokee and Macon counties. The first post office in the area was built in 1868, and the first county courthouse was built in 1888.

Clay County borders Macon, Cherokee, Rabun (Georgia), Towns (Georgia), and Union (Georgia) counties.

Clay County is made up of 221 square miles. 215 of which is land with the remaining 6 as water.


The population of Hayesville, NC is about 310. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1960's.


The elevation of Hayesville, NC is 1,893 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Hayesville, NC is 28904.

Area Code

The area code for Hayesville, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Hayesville and Clay County have voted mostly Republican, with 71% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 5% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 89% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Hayesville is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%.

Accommodation, construction, and retail make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Clay County Progress is the primary newspaper that covers the Clay County area.