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Welcome to Banner Elk ...

The town of Banner Elk is located in Avery County<1>.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Banner Elk has a population of 1,078 people<2> (see below for details).

Banner Elk was established in 1848.

The community of Banner Elk is 3,680 feet [1,122 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the altitude of Banner Elk is about ¾ mile [or ~1¼ km] above sea level.

Time Zone: Banner Elk lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

The area code for Banner Elk: (828)

The ZIP code for Banner Elk: 28604<4>

Websites for Banner Elk ...

Official Website: www.townofbannerelk.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Banner Elk had an population of 1,078 people. This is an increase of 4.86% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 32.92% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Banner Elk had a population of 1,028 people (which is 5.78% of the total population of Avery County). This makes Banner Elk the county's most populous community.

The population of Banner Elk represents 0.01% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 332nd most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 1,028 people, the population of Banner Elk increased 26.76% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 811 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Banner Elk.

Communities near Banner Elk ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Banner Elk.

  • Shell Creek [Carter County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Shell Creek
    • Shell Creek [Carter County] lies 9 miles [14.5 km]<5> to the west of Banner Elk
    • Estimated population in 2014: 21,037 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Shell Creek have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Shell Creek
  • Boone [Watauga County]
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    • Boone [Watauga County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the east of Banner Elk
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 20,003 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Boone have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Boone
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Boone<7>
  • Norris [Johnson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Norris
    • Norris [Johnson County] lies 8 miles [12.9 km]<5> to the northwest of Banner Elk
    • Estimated population in 2014: 1,652 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Norris have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Norris
  • Trade [Johnson County]
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    • Trade [Johnson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the northeast of Banner Elk
    • Estimated population in 2014: 1,441 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Trade
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Trade<7>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Roan Mountain [Carter County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Roan Mountain
      • Roan Mountain [Carter County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the west of Banner Elk
      • Population from the 2010 Census: 1,360 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Roan Mountain
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Roan Mountain<7>
    • Blowing Rock [Caldwell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Blowing Rock
      • Blowing Rock [Caldwell County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the east of Banner Elk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,316 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Blowing Rock have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Blowing Rock
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Blowing Rock<7>
    • Newland [Avery County]
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      • Newland [Avery County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the southwest of Banner Elk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 694 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Newland have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Newland
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Newland<7>
    • Elk Park [Avery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Elk Park
      • Elk Park [Avery County] lies 6 miles [9.7 km]<5> to the west of Banner Elk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 450 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Elk Park have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Elk Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Elk Park<7>
    • Bakersville [Mitchell County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Bakersville
      • Bakersville [Mitchell County] lies 18 miles [29 km]<5> to the southwest of Banner Elk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 441 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Bakersville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Bakersville<7>
    • Crossnore [Avery County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Crossnore
      • Crossnore [Avery County] lies 10 miles [16.1 km]<5> to the south of Banner Elk
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 231 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Crossnore have been provided by the GNIS.<6> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Crossnore
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Crossnore<7>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Banner Elk. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Banner Elk.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Banner Elk. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Banner Elk.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Banner Elk. See our Newspapers Page for Banner Elk.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Banner Elk ...

Looking for more information about Banner Elk? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Banner Elk, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Banner Elk.

Adding Banner Elk to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Banner Elk in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Banner Elk was on a map titled Road Map for North Carolina (from Shell Oil, 1956).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Banner Elk on our Genealogy Page.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Communities in North Carolina

About Avery County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Banner Elk: www.townofbannerelk.org/

The official website for Avery County: www.averyco.com/gov/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Avery, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Banner Elk.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Banner Elk - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a town (such as Banner Elk). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Banner Elk or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores obstructions like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Banner Elk) to Point B.If you need the driving distance (or directions), we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Banner Elk. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from Banner ElkOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Banner Elk. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 36.1633, Longitude: -81.8718    
<6>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.
<7>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.






















 

 

 

 

 


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