Highlands, North Carolina Population 2024

1,125

Highlands is a city located in Macon County North Carolina. Highlands has a 2024 population of 1,125. Highlands is currently growing at a rate of 1.26% annually and its population has increased by 5.14% since the most recent census, which recorded a population of 1,070 in 2020.

The average household income in Highlands is $75,098 with a poverty rate of 14.13%. The median rental costs in recent years comes to - per month, and the median house value is -. The median age in Highlands is 59 years, 56.8 years for males, and 61.4 years for females.

Highlands Demographics

According to the most recent ACS, the racial composition of Highlands was:

  • White: 90.96%
  • Black or African American: 4.74%
  • Other race: 3.16%
  • Asian: 0.61%
  • Two or more races: 0.53%
  • Native American:
  • Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander:
Land Area (mi²)
6.1 sq mi
Density (mi²)
183.60/sq mi
Growth Since 2020
5.14% (55)
The current population of Highlands, North Carolina is 1,125 based on our projections of the latest US Census estimates.The last official US Census in 2020 recorded the population at 1,070.

Highlands, North Carolina Population 2024

Population by Race

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Race
Population
Percentage (of total)
White1,03790.96%
Black or African American544.74%
Other race363.16%
Asian70.61%
Two or more races60.53%
Native American
Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander
showing: 7 rows

White

Black or African American

Other race

Asian

Two or more races

Native American

Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander

Highlands Population by Race

Highlands Population Pyramid 2024

Highlands Median Age

59

Total

56.8

Male

61.4

Female

Highlands Adults

There are 1,058 adults, (432 of whom are seniors) in Highlands.

Highlands Age Dependency

82.1

Age Dependency Ratio

69

Old Age Dependency Ratio

13.1

Child Dependency Ratio

Highlands Sex Ratio

Female58251.05%
Male55848.95%

Highlands Population by Age

Highlands Renter vs Owner Occupied by Household Type

Household Type
Count
Average Size
Owner
Renter
All7091.565842
Non Family4461.14357
Married2402.3586.313.8
Female232.352.247.8
Male000
showing: 5 rows

2.33

Average Family Size

1.56

Average Household Size

58.0%

Rate of Home Ownership

Married

Male

Female

NonFamily

owner

renter

Highlands Households and Families

Male

Female

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Less Than 9th Grade

9th to 12th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Associates Degree

Bachelors Degree

Graduate Degree

Highlands Educational Attainment by Sex (over 25)

Highlands Educational Attainment by Race

High School Graduation Rate

Bachelors Rate

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The highest rate of high school graduation is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

The highest rate of bachelors degrees is among asian people with a rate of 100%.

Highlands Educational Attainment by Race

All

Male

Female

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$35,278

Average Earnings

$38,203

Average Male

$29,196

Average Female

Highlands Earnings by Educational Attainment

Highlands Language by Age

Only English

Spanish

Other Indo-European Languages

Asian and Pacific Island Languages

Other Languages

Highlands Language

93.86% of Highlands residents speak only English, while 6.14% speak other languages. The non-English language spoken by the largest group is Spanish, which is spoken by 3.95% of the population.

Highlands Language

Highlands Poverty by Race

rate

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Name
Total
In Poverty
Poverty Rate
White1,00612812.72%
Black532954.72%
Other3612.78%
Hispanic5012%
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14.13%

Overall Poverty Rate

11.54%

Male Poverty Rate

16.61%

Female Poverty Rate

Poverty in Highlands

The race most likely to be in poverty in Highlands is Black, with 54.72% below the poverty level.

The race least likely to be in poverty in Highlands is Hispanic, with 2% below the poverty level.

The poverty rate among those that worked full-time for the past 12 months was 9.39%. Among those working part-time, it was 20.56%, and for those that did not work, the poverty rate was 16.26%.

Highlands Poverty

rate

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Rate
Poverty
High School17.8%
Some College15.47%
Less Than 9th Grade9.76%
Bachelors or Greater7.34%
showing: 4 rows

Highlands Poverty Rate by Education

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Rate
Poverty
Male Employed14.74%
Male Unemployed
Female Employed18.39%
Female Unemployed
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Highlands Poverty Rate by Employment Status and Sex

Highlands Income by Household Type

Households

Families

MarriedFamilies

NonFamilies

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mean

median

Income by Household Type

Highlands Marital Status

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Marriage Rates

47.6%

Overall Marriage Rate

47.4%

Male Marriage Rate

47.8%

Female Marriage Rate

Highlands Married by Age and Sex

male

female

Highlands Marriage

The age group where males are most likely to be married is Over 65, while the female age group most likely to be married is 35-44.

Highlands Marital Status by Race

Married

Widowed

Divorced

Separated

NeverMarried

Highlands Marital Status

Second Gulf War

First Gulf War

Vietnam

Korea

World War II

106

Number of Veterans

100

Male Veterans

6

Female Veterans

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Highlands Veterans by War

count

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Highlands Veterans by Age

count

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Highlands Veterans by Race

Highlands Veterans by Education

Less Than 9th Grade

High School Graduate

Some College

Bachelors or Greater

20.75%

Veteran Poverty Rate

42.45%

Veteran Disability Rate

Highlands Veterans by Education

LaborForceParticipation

49.9%

Labor Force Participation

48.2%

Employment Rate

3.3%

Unemployment Rate

Highlands Employment by Age

LaborForceParticipation

Highlands Employment by Race

LaborForceParticipation

Highlands Employment by Education

Origin of Non-Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

Non citizens include legal permanent residents (green card holders), international students, temporary workers, humanitarian migrants, and illegal immigrants.

Origin of Naturalized Citizens

Europe

Asia

Africa

Oceania

Latin America

North America

20.88%

Born in Highlands

92.02%

Native Born

7.98%

Foreign Born

3.25%

Non Citizen

4.74%

Naturalized

Place of Birth

92.02% of Highlands residents were born in the United States, with 20.88% having been born in North Carolina. 3.25% of residents are not US citizens. Of those not born in the United States, the largest percentage are from Latin America.

Highlands Place of Birth

Note: data after 2022 is projected based on recent change

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Year
Population
Growth
Growth Rate
20291,195141.19%
20281,181141.2%
20271,167141.21%
20261,153141.23%
20251,139141.24%
20241,125141.26%
20231,111141.28%
20221,097141.29%
20211,083131.21%
20201,070929.41%
2019978121.24%
2018966161.68%
201795080.85%
201694270.75%
201593570.75%
201492830.32%
2013925-2-0.22%
2012927-3-0.32%
2011930-1-0.11%
2010931
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Highlands Population by Year