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Seven Devils, North Carolina
Official seal of Seven Devils, North Carolina
Location of Seven Devils, North Carolina
Location of Seven Devils, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
Counties Watauga, Avery
Incorporated 1979
 • Type Council–manager
 • Total 2.23 sq mi (5.78 km2)
 • Land 2.22 sq mi (5.74 km2)
 • Water 0.01 sq mi (0.04 km2)
3,944 ft (1,202 m)
 • Total 192
 • Estimate 
 • Density 97.43/sq mi (37.62/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-60505
GNIS feature ID 1023505
Website Seven Devils

Seven Devils is a town in Avery and Watauga counties in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The population was 192 at the 2010 census. The town, which is located in the Appalachian Mountains, is best known as the site of a popular wintertime tubing resort known as Hawksnest, which claims it has the largest tubing facility on the East Coast, and some of the town's year round residents earn their living at the resort. Many others are retirees. Developed in the 1970s as a vacation home community, Seven Devils is home mostly to seasonal residents.


Seven Devils was named around 1965 when its founders wanted a unique name to attract visitors. Seven Devils was decided upon based on a combination of seven rocky peaks and local history of seven brothers, who at the 19th century were so cantankerous and willing to fight that they were jokingly referred to as the seven devils.


Seven Devils is located at 36°9′7″N 81°48′26″W / 36.15194°N 81.80722°W / 36.15194; -81.80722 (36.151961, -81.807305).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.1 square miles (5.3 km²), of which 2.0 square miles (5.3 km²) is land and 0.49% is water.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1980 54
1990 117 116.7%
2000 129 10.3%
2010 192 48.8%
2019 (est.) 216 12.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 129 people, 62 households, and 40 families residing in the town. The population density was 63.0 people per square mile (24.3/km2). There were 345 housing units at an average density of 168.6 per square mile (65.0/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.45% White, and 1.55% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.78% of the population.

There were 62 households, out of which 21.0% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 1.6% had a female householder with no husband present, and 33.9% were non-families. 25.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 6.5% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.08 and the average family size was 2.46.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 14.0% under the age of 18, 7.8% from 18 to 24, 32.6% from 25 to 44, 29.5% from 45 to 64, and 16.3% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females, there were 111.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $38,750, and the median income for a family was $62,813. Males had a median income of $35,417 versus $38,125 for females. The per capita income for the town was $19,801. There were 21.6% of families and 20.5% of the population living below the poverty line, including 26.3% of those under eighteen and none of those over 64.

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