Explore the Residential Districts of Haywood County, North Carolina

Haywood County Communities

Haywood County sits nestled in the beautiful mountainous area of Western North Carolina and carries a median population of 59,036 as of 2010. It is the third geographically biggest county in North Carolina. It holds an average temperature of 54 degrees and was established in 1808.

It is a destination for avid outdoor lovers, and the community is very strongly tied to an active lifestyle.

It offers numerous ranges such as:

  • Balsams
  • Nantahala
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Great Smoky Mountain National Park
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Cherokee Indian Reservation/Qualla Boundary

Through the years, the county has built a support system that uses its strength to help bolster small businesses. This is a combined effort of a Small Business Incubator, Small Business Center at Haywood Community College, as well as The Haywood County Economic Development and Haywood County Chamber of Commerce.

The various townships/communities that make Haywood County are:

  • Beaverdam
  • Bethel
  • Cataloochee
  • Cecil
  • Clyde
  • Crabtree
  • Cruso
  • East Fork
  • Fines Creek
  • Iron Duff
  • Ivy Hill
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Pigeon
  • Waynesville
  • White Oak
  • Beaverdam
  • Bethel
  • Cataloochee
  • Cecil
  • Clyde
  • Crabtree
  • Caruso
  • East Fork
  • Fines Creek
  • Iron Duff
  • Ivy Hill
  • Jonathan Creek
  • Pigeon
  • Waynesville
  • White Oak

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Mean travel time to work (commute): 22.7 minutes
Percentage of county residents living and working in this county: 72.8%

Current college students: 2,173 people
25 years of age or older with a high school degree or higher: 88.4% people
25 years of age or older with a bachelor’s degree or higher: 25.5%

Median age of residents in 2017: 48.0 years old (Males: 46.3 years old, Females: 49.4 years old)
Median age for:
White residents: 49.3 years old
Black residents: 42.5 years old
American-Indian residents: 39.1 years old
Asian residents: 41.7 years old
Hispanic or Latino residents: 25.6 years old
Other race residents: 25.6 years old

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Mean price in 2017:
Detached houses: $262,653
Here: $262,653
State: $248,152
Townhouses or other attached units: $261,815
Here: $261,815
State: $203,169

Estimated median house or condo value in 2017: $187,044 (it was $89,400 in 2000)
Haywood: $187,044
North Carolina: $171,200
Lower value quartile – upper value quartile: $110,622 – $291,133

Estimated median household income in 2017: $47,738 ($33,922 in 999)
Haywood county: $47,738
North Carolina: $52,752

Average Household Size:
Haywood County: 2.0 people
North Carolina: 2 people

Canton Community

The town of Canton is a picturesque town that sits in the foothills of the infamous Appalachian Mountains, alongside the Pigeon River. It boasts warm summers and mild winters and is full of activities related to the outdoors.

Combine that with a low crime rate, a high-quality education system, as well as being a great town to start a business in; you can easily see why it is a great place to settle down with your family.

Canton, NC is also known for the following:

  • Colonial Theater
  • Evergreen Packaging (Produces Starbucks Cups)
  • Canton-native Fred Chappell (author, poet, and professor)
  • Locust Old Fields Church (est. in 1801, oldest church in Haywood County)
  • Colonial Annex
  • The Armory
  • Cold Mountain
  • Six golf courses
  • Pigeon River scenic walking trail

Clyde Community

Clyde is a quaint town, having only recorded an entire population of 1,223 in 2010. It has a history of providing shelter to weary travelers of the Appalachian Mountains. If you’re looking for a picturesque small mountain town to settle down into and hang out on your farm with your loving family, then Clyde is the place for you.

It’s also a great place to live if you want to be secluded but still like to get out, as it is only twenty-three miles west of Asheville.

Here are other central locations near Clyde:

  • Lake Junaluska
  • Waynesville
  • Maggie Valley
  • Pisgah National Forest
  • Blue Ridge Parkway
  • Gatlinburg

Enjoy the arts, entertainment, and culture Asheville has to offer, while you enjoy a truly relaxing setting in the beautiful mountains of Western North Carolina.

Lake Junaluska Community

Lake Junaluska is a manmade lake formed by damning Richland Creek, which is surrounded by private residences, as well as the Lake Junaluska Conference and Retreat Center. The lake can be used for swimming, canoes, kayaks, and fishing. It is also a great place to walk your dogs (just please make sure to clean up behind them!). Lake Junaluska is governed by a thirty-two-member board of trustees.

Lake Junaluska also serves as the site to the headquarters of the World Methodist Council, which is a body that connects all Methodist denominations across the world.
This community is bordered by Waynesville, Maggie Valley, and Clyde. It’s a mere hop, skip, and a jump away from Asheville.

If your family is centered around your faith in God and your love of the church, then Lake Junaluska would be a great place for you to settle down.

Maggie Valley Community

Just thirty-five miles west of Asheville and located in the Great Smoky Mountains, Maggie Valley offers visitors an assortment of restaurants, attractions, and shops.

Its roots can be traced back to the early 1800s when a group of settlers inhabited Cataloochee Valley. Its name comes from Maggie Mae Setzer, from where her father (John “Jack” Sidney Setzer) founded its first post office, which was named after his daughter Maggie.

It is considered the Elk Capital of NC and is home to many wildflowers and black bears. You’ll find great hiking, antique cars, clogging, ghosts, skiing, the Blue Ridge Parkway, and more!

It had a population of 1,150 in the 2010 census, with the largest group of races being White (96.38%). The average household size is 2.04, with an average family size of 2.56.

It is most known for being the birthplace of the legendary moonshiner, Popcorn Sutton.

Waynesville Community

Known as the Gateway to the Smokies, Waynesville is the county seat of Haywood County. Located 30 miles away from Asheville, it is the largest town in Western North Carolina(excluding Asheville).

In all of Waynesville, there are six different neighborhoods. The six neighborhoods are:

  • Downtown: This is the main business center of town and houses numerous art galleries, antique shops, and restaurants.
  • Frog Level: This neighborhood lends its name from the frequent flooding of Richland Creek. This used to be the hub for trains before the 1940s. Once we switched over to cars for transportation, businesses moved uphill to the Downtown neighborhood. You can find the Whole Bloomin' Thing Spring Festival here every year.
  • Hazelwood: Once its own town, Hazelwood was eventually annexed by Waynesville in 1995.
  • Laurel Ridge: This is a neighborhood that is attached to a country club of the same name and features a golf course, pool, tennis courts, and upscale homes.
  • West Waynesville: This area of Waynesville consists of large retail shopping centers, such as Walmart, Best Buy, Michaels, PetSmart, and more.
  • Russ Avenue: This was one of the first business districts that mainly consists of various fast food restaurants.