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Welcome to Waynesville Live, the website for Waynesville, North Carolina!

Waynesville is an old town. It was established in 1810, and is the county seat of Haywood County. The setting for this lovely community is one of the most spectacular in the country�on a plateau between the Blue Ridge and Smoky Mountains�it is surrounded by the oldest mountains in the country.

Main Street in Waynesville exudes quaintness with its many old storefronts now housing shops, galleries and restaurants. While many small towns in America are feeling the pinch of the economy, Waynesville defies that trend, and remains a viable, tourist oriented community. Tourists just love this place, because it is close to so many naturally, beautiful areas, and is an excellent starting point to visit those places.

Thanks for droppin� by, and hope you enjoy your visit.
Mike McDonald
WAYNESVILLE NORTH CAROLINA- HAYWOOD COUNTY DEMOGRAPHICS

Haywood County

was formed in 1808 from Buncombe. It was named in honor of John Haywood, Treasurer of North Carolina, 1787-1827. It is in the western section of the State and is bounded by the state of Tennessee and Madison, Buncombe, Transylvania, Jackson and Swain counties. The present land area is 552.55 square miles and the 2005 population was 57,097. The first court was ordered to be held at Mount Prospect, at which time the justices could decide on some other place for holding court until a courthouse could be erected. In 1809 the justices of the peace were authorized to appoint commissioners to erect the courthouse: “In the erection of the public buildings at Mount Prospect there was laid the foundation of the little city of Waynesville. In the record of the court of pleas and quarter sessions the name of Waynesville occurs first in 1811.” Waynesville was confirmed as a town by legislative act in 1810. Waynesville is the county seat.




CLIMATE


Temperature: Avg. January temperature: 37.5 degrees; Avg. June temperature: 70.7 degrees.
Rainfall: Avg. rainfall is 47.5 inches per year.
Snowfall: Avg. snowfall is 12.2 inches per year.
Elevation: 2,713 feet




POPULATION

Location

1980

1990

1993

2000

2003

2005

Canton

5,158

4,631

3,790

3,783

4,029

4,166

Clyde

814

1,008

1,041

1,089

1,324

1,401

Maggie Valley

159

202

185

354

607

1,134

Waynesville

6,488

6,765

6,758

7,604

9,232

9,637

HAYWOOD COUNTY

41,710

46,495

46,942

49,009

54,033

57,097




MEDIAN STATISTICS

  • Median resident age: 44.0 years
  • Median household income: $28,296
  • Median house value: $93,400




RACES

  • White Non-Hispanic (93.3%)
  • Black (3.3%)
  • Hispanic (2.0%)
  • American Indian (0.9%)
  • Other race (0.8%)
  • Two or more races (0.7%)




EDUCATION 25 YEARS+

  • High school or higher: 72.8%
  • Bachelor’s degree or higher: 17.2%
  • Graduate or professional degree: 6.0%
  • Unemployed: 7.0%
  • Mean travel time to work: 17.9 minutes




MARITAL STATISTICS

  • Never married: 16.1%
  • Now married: 54.1%
  • Separated: 3.6%
  • Widowed: 12.6%
  • Divorced: 13.7%




WAYNESVILLE COMPARED TO STATE

  • Median house value below state average.
  • Hispanic race population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Median age significantly above state average.
  • Foreign-born population percentage significantly below state average.
  • Length of stay since moving in above state average.
  • Institutionalized population percentage above state average.
  • Percentage of population with a bachelor’s degree or higher below state average.
  • Population density below state average.




NEARBY CITIES

  • Nearest city with pop. 50,000+:Asheville, NC (30.9 miles, pop. 68,889).
  • Nearest city with pop. 200,000+: Charlotte, NC(150.0 miles, pop. 540,828).
  • Nearest city with pop. 1,000,000+:Chicago, IL (544.9 miles, pop. 2,896,016).

Nearest cities

  • Lake Junaluska, NC (3.3 miles)
  • Clyde, NC (6.7 miles)
  • West Canton, NC(9.8 miles)
  • Canton, NC(11.4 miles)
  • Sylva, NC(17.1 miles)
  • Cullowhee, NC(17.7 miles)
  • Brevard, NC(24.8 miles)
  • Bent Creek, NC (26.5 miles)




INDUSTRIES

  • Educational,health and social services (24.9%)
  • Retail trade (13.4%)
  • Arts,entertainment,recreation,accommodation and food services (12.1%)
  • Manufacturing (11.1%)
  • Construction (10.6%).




WAYNESVILLE CRIME RATES

  • 0 murders (0.0 per 100,000)
  • 2 robberies (21.7 per 100,000)
  • 15 assaults (162.5 per 100,000)
  • 4 rapes (43.3 per 100,000)
  • 65 burglaries (704.1 per 100,000)
  • 185 larceny counts (2003.9 per 100,000)
  • 6 auto thefts (65.0 per 100,000)
  • City-data.com crime index = 191.0 (higher means more crime, US average = 330.6)




GOVERNMENT

HAYWOOD COUNTY:

Government is under the direction of four county commissioners and a chairman. The commissioners set policies and conduct much of the county’s budget through a county manager. County manager is Jack Horton. (452-6625).

CANTON:

The Town of Canton’s government is directed by a board of four aldermen and the mayor. A town manager oversees day-to-day operations of the town. Town Manager is Bill Stamey (648-2363)

MAGGIE VALLEY:

A board of four aldermen and mayor establish policy and adopt an annual budget. Town manager is Al Matthews (926-0866)

WAYNESVILLE:

A board of four aldermen and mayor set policies and adopt the annual budget. Town manager is Lee Galloway (452-2491). Hazelwood was incorporated into the Town of Waynesville on July 1, 1995.




NEARBY HOSPITALS

  • HAYWOOD REGIONAL MEDICAL CENTER (about 10 miles; CLYDE, NC)
  • HARRIS REGIONAL HOSPITAL, INC (about 17 miles; SYLVA, NC)
  • US PHS INDIAN HOSPITAL (about 21 miles; CHEROKEE, NC)




NEARBY AIRPORTS

  • ASHEVILLE REGIONAL (about 33 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC; ID: AVL)
  • DONALDSON CENTER (about 67 miles; GREENVILLE, SC; ID: GYH)
  • GREENVILLE-SPARTANBURG INTL (about 68 miles; GREER, SC; ID: GSP)

Other public-use airports nearest to Waynesville:

  • MEYERS (about 19 miles; CANDLER, NC; ID: N39)
  • JACKSON COUNTY (about 19 miles; SYLVA, NC; ID: 24A)
  • TRANSYLVANIA COUNTY (about 30 miles; BREVARD, NC; ID: 22W)




COLLEGES & UNIVERSITIES

  • WESTERN CAROLINA UNIVERSITY (about 19 miles; CULLOWHEE, NC; FT enrollment: 5,843)
  • ASHEVILLE BUNCOMBE TECHNICAL COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 32 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC; FT enrollment: 2,728)
  • UNIVERSITY OF NORTH CAROLINA AT ASHEVILLE (about 32 miles; ASHEVILLE, NC; FT enrollment: 2,759)
  • CLEMSON UNIVERSITY (about 48 miles; CLEMSON, SC; FT enrollment: 15,962)
  • WALTERS STATE COMMUNITY COLLEGE (about 53 miles; MORRISTOWN, TN; FT enrollment: 3,893)
  • FURMAN UNIVERSITY (about 55 miles; GREENVILLE, SC; FT enrollment: 2,915)
  • CARSON-NEWMAN COLLEGE (about 55 miles; JEFFERSON CITY, TN; FT enrollment: 2,073)




Public high school in Waynesville:

  • TUSCOLA HIGH (Students: 1,213; Location: 564 TUSCOLA SCHOOL RD; Grades: 09 – 12)

Public primary/middle schools in Waynesville:

  • WAYNESVILLE MIDDLE (Students: 1,055; Location: 459 BROWN AVE; Grades: 06 – 08)
  • HAZELWOOD ELEMENTARY (Students: 551; Location: 1111 PLOTT CREEK ROAD; Grades: PK – 05)
  • BETHEL ELEMENTARY (Students: 527; Location: 730 SONOMA ROAD; Grades: KG – 05)
  • JUNALUSKA ELEMENTARY (Students: 430; Location: 2238 ASHEVILLE HWY; Grades: PK – 05)
  • JONATHAN VALLEY ELEMENTARY (Students: 430; Location: 410 HALL DRIVE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • CENTRAL ELEMENTARY (Students: 327; Location: 62 JOY LANE; Grades: PK – 05)
  • BETHEL MIDDLE (Students: 312; Location: 630 SONOMA ROAD; Grades: 06 – 08)

Private primary/middle school in Waynesville:

  • WAYNESVILLE SDA SCHOOL (Students: 13; Location: 119 HAMPSHIRE DR; Grades: 2 – 8)




Waynesville Library:

  • HAYWOOD COUNTY PUBLIC LIBRARY Location: 678 SOUTH HAYWOOD STREET; 140,857 books; 10,195 audio materials; 5,100 video materials; 540 serial subscriptions Operating income: $1,234,225;



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Phone Numbers for Relocating

Banks
BB&T  (828) 926-3801
Blue Ridge Savings  (828) 452-2280
Carolina Community Bank (828) 452-0307
Centura  (828) 648-2342
Clyde Savings Bank  (828) 456-7330
First Citizens Bank  (828) 452-6300
Wachovia  (828) 456-2300
Haywood Savings  (828) 456-9092
Carolina First  (828) 454-0401

Appraisers
Baber Appraisal Service  (828) 251-5232

John S. McKenney   (828) 452-7515
John Morgan Appraisal Service (828) 648-6113
Tom Pressley  (828) 926-6488
Lux Appraisal Service  (828) 456-6468
Darris Moody  (828) 452-1362
Spencer Auction & Appraisal  (828) 452-1327

Attorneys
Gavin Brown (828) 452-1454
Ann Davis  (828) 452-5801 
Mike Jordan  (828) 452-5871
Jack Kersten (828) 452-5801
Steve Martin (828) 452-1431
Frank Queen (828) 456-9436
Derek Wenzel (828) 452-2221

Gas Companies – Propane 
Blossman Propane Gas (828) 452-2716
Freeman Gas Company  (828) 586-9797
Morgan Energy  (828) 253-2321
Mountain Energy Corp  (828) 926-2088
Suburban Propane  (828) 456-6011

Haywood County
Environmental Health (Septic Info) (828) 452-6682
Building Inspections  (828) 452-6638
Flood Information  (828) 452-6632
Tax Collector  (828) 452-6643
Tax Assessor  (828) 452-6640

  Insurance Agents
Allstate – Grady Mesimer (828) 452-1898
Stanberry (Staib) Insurance – Scott or Kevin Stanberry (828) 456-6990 
Farm Bureau – Wayne Edwards (828) 452-1427
Great Smokies – Con Nowakowski (828) 456-9098
Nationwide – Kenneth Ashe (828) 456-7515
State Farm – Don Overbay (828) 452-4699
State Farm – Lee Starnes (828) 456-9471

Mortgage Companies
Community First  (828) 452-9252
Chase Mortgage  (828) 646-3960
The Mortgage Man  (828) 456-2855

Newspapers
Asheville Citizen Times  (828) 452-1467
The Mountaineer   (828) 452-0661
Smoky Mountain News  (828) 452-4251

Pest Control
Dodson  (828) 452-9610

Economy (828) 456-5208
Orkin  (828) 456-7766
Terminix  (828) 456-3729

Satellite & Cable TV
Charter Communications (828) 452-5804
David�s Satellite TV (828) 452-5534
Direct TV (866) 424-3599
Dish Network  (828) 454-0888 / (866) 457-3474

Surveyors
Cornerstone Surveying (828) 586-5782
Kevin Ensley (828) 456-6359
Herron Surveying   (828) 456-5761
Moore’s Surveying  (828) 926-1027
Plemmons Surveying (828) 452-0177
Sechser Precision Surveying  (828) 452-2362

Utilities
Progress Energy   (800) 452-2777

Haywood County EMC  (828) 452-2281
BellSouth    (828) 780-2355

Maggie Valley Sewer   (828) 926-0866
Maggie Valley Water   (828) 926-0145
Waynesville Water   (828) 456-3706
Town of Clyde    (828) 627-2566
Town of Canton    (828) 646-3413





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