Lansing, NC

Lansing, situated in Ashe County, is a small town made up of 1.2 square miles.

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The town was settled at some point during the 19th century, and was incorporated in 1928.


The median resident age in Lansing is 46 years. The median estimated household income is about $22,000 making it about $26,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,000. The average price for a home in Lansing is about $127,000 (2015) which is $33,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Lansing is 94% White, 1% Black, 3% Two or more races, and 2% other. 69% of the population are high school graduates, with 5% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 55% are married, 10% are divorced, 0% are separated, 7% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Ashe County

Lansing belongs to Ashe County in the eastern part of North Carolina. Ashe County has a population of 27,000 and its largest city Jefferson, with a population of 1,600, is the county seat.

Historical evidence suggests that the county was settled by Native Americans including: the Cherokee, Shawnee, and Creek tribes. The area was settled by the first Europeans in 1771, but was surveyed in 1749 by Peter Jefferson to define the state line between North Carolina and Virginia.

In 1780, a skirmish was fought in Ashe County during the Revolutionary War. The battle was known as the "Battle of the Big Glades". Captain Robert Love led the Americans to victory against 150 British Loyalists.

Ashe County became an official county of North Carolina in 1799, and at that time it consisted of 977 square miles. The county was named after Samuel Ashe who was a superior court judge, Revolutionary patriot, and Governor of North Carolina (1795-1798).

Ashe County borders Watauga, Wilkes, Alleghany, Grayson (Virginia), and Johnson (Tennessee) counties.

Ashe County is made up of 429 square miles. 426 of which is land with the remaining 3 as water.


The population of Lansing, NC is about 160. The population has been steadily decreasing since the 1970s.


The elevation of Lansing, NC is 2,664 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Lansing, NC is 28643.

Area Code

The area code for Lansing, NC is 336.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Lansing and Ashe County have voted mostly Republican, with 66% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous four or five elections.

As of 2010, 52% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 46% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 2%.


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

Manufacturing makes nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Ashe Mountain Times and Secondhand News Plus are the primary newspapers that cover the Ashe County area.