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The 2000 Census showed that Yancey County had a population of 17,774 people. This represented 0.22% of the total population of North Carolina, making it the state's 85th most populous county (out of 100 counties).

From the Census Estimates for 2009<1>, Yancey had a population of 18,548 people. This is an increase of 4.35% since the 2000 Census.

The following table shows the recent changes in population. Other than 2000, the population counts have been estimated by the Census Bureau.

Since 2000
Year-to-Year Change
201017,818+0.25%-3.94% since 2009
200818,539+4.3%+0.76% since 2007
200718,399+3.52%+1.34% since 2006
200618,155+2.14%+0.64% since 2005
200518,039+1.49%+0.59% since 2004
200417,933+0.89%+0.52% since 2003
200217,845+0.4%-0.13% since 2001
200117,869+0.53%+0.53% since 2000
200017,774The Last Census

Yancey County had 9,729 Housing Units<2> at the time of the 2000 Census.

The 2000 Census shows that Yancey County has a total area<3> of 313.1 square miles [810 km²]. Of this total, only a minor amount of that area is covered by water (0.65 square miles [1.69 km²]).

Using the above population and land area values, Yancey County had a population density of 56.9 people per square mile [21.96 people/km²], making it the state's 76th most densely populated county (out of 100 counties).

US Census QuickFacts

The Census Bureau has created documents containing demographic information that are called QuickFacts. A QuickFact that is specific to Yancey County is available. The QuickFact also contains a comparison between Yancey and the state of North Carolina.

Click here for the Yancey County QuickFact (QF-37199).

Below are the counties that adjoin and form the boundaries of Yancey County. A link to their specific Census QuickFact has been provided.

(2009 Est.)
(2000 Census)
Change in
BuncombeQF-37021   SW231,452206,33012.18%
MadisonQF-37115   W20,44219,6354.11%
McDowellQF-37111   SE43,98842,1514.36%
MitchellQF-37121   NE15,63415,687-0.34%
Unicoi (TN)QF-47171   N17,74017,6670.41%

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Footnotes ...

<1>On a yearly basis, the US Census Bureau creates an estimate of the county's population. Keep in mind that this is an estimate and not an actual count. The last physical count was the 2000 Census and the next count will be for the 2010 Census.

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<2>A Housing Unit is a broad term for those places where people live (whether occupied or temporarily vacant), such as a house, an apartment, a mobile home, or an area that is considered as a separate living quarter. Separate living quarters (consisting of one or more rooms) are considered to be those places where people live, sleep and eat separately from others and that have access to the outside (either directly or by a shared hallway).

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<3>The area value has been supplied by the US Census Bureau and it can be different than the geographic boundaries of Yancey. The value given by the Census Bureau reflects their statistical (or sampling) requirements.

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<4>All Quarter-dollar coin images from the United States Mint.

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