Spruce Pine, NC

Spruce Pine, situated in Mitchell County, is a small town made up of 3.9 square miles.

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The town was founded in the early 1900s. An incident took place in the town where a convict assaulted a female resident, so a mob of citizens accused and ran a group of African Americans, that were building a road, out of the town. 

Governor Morrison had to dispatch National Guard soldiers to get the situation under control, which allowed the workers to return to the town.  


The median resident age in Spruce Pine is 35 years. The median estimated household income is about $32,000 making it about $16,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $19,000. The average price for a home in Spruce Pine is about $135,000 (2015) which is $25,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Spruce Pine is 87% White, 11% Hispanic, 1% Two or more races, and 1% other. 78% of the population are high school graduates, with 17% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 49% are married, 12% are divorced, 3% are separated, 8% are widowed, leaving 28% that have never been married.

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Mitchell County

Bakersville belongs to Mitchell County in the western part of North Carolina. Mitchell County has a population of around 16,000 and the town Bakersville, with a population of about 500, is the county seat.

The County, named after Elisha Mitchell, formed from parts of Caldwell, McDowell, Burke, Watauga, and Yancey counties in 1861. Elisha Mitchell was a professor of math, geology, chemistry, and mineralogy at the University of North Carolina from 1818 til 1857 (the year of his death). Elisha was the first scientist to claim that a mountain peak was the highest spot east of the Mississippi River. To prove his claim, he climbed the mountain and surveyed it, but in 1857 fell down off a waterfall to his death. The mountain was named Mount Mitchell to his credit.

Mitchell County used to be one of the three dry (no alcohol) counties in the state; the others including Yancey and Graham. This remained to be until in 2009, the town of Spruce Pine, allowed alcohol only inside city limits.

Mitchell County borders Avery, Carter (Tennessee), McDowell, Yancey, and Union Counties.

Mitchell County is made up of 222 square miles. 221 of which is land with the remaining 1 square mile as water.


The population of Spruce Pine, NC is about 2,100. The population has been steadily increasing since the 1990's.


The elevation of Spruce Pine, NC is 2,559 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Spruce Pine, NC is 28777.

Area Code

The area code for Spruce Pine, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Spruce Pine and Mitchell 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, 28% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 71% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Spruce Pine is about 6% (2015), making it higher than the state average of around 5%. Construction, administration, and manufacturing make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Mitchell News and Highland News are the primary newspapers that cover the Mitchell County area.


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