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Sugar Mountain
Sugar Mountain Sign and Mountain in Background
Sugar Mountain Sign and Mountain in Background
Location of Sugar Mountain, North Carolina
Location of Sugar Mountain, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Avery
Incorporated 1989
 • Total 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Land 2.4 sq mi (6.3 km2)
 • Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 4,432 ft (1,351 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 198
 • Density 82.5/sq mi (31.4/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28604
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-65530
GNIS feature ID 1027624

Sugar Mountain is a village in Avery County, North Carolina, United States. The village is located on Sugar Mountain's north slope. The population was 198 at the 2010 census.


Sugar Mountain is located at 36°7′28″N 81°52′32″W / 36.12444°N 81.87556°W / 36.12444; -81.87556 (36.124444, -81.875555).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 2.4 square miles (6.2 km2), all land. It is located next to Sugar Mountain Ski Area, one of several ski areas in this section of North Carolina.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1990 132
2000 226 71.2%
2010 198 −12.4%
Est. 2015 197 −0.5%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 226 people, 121 households, and 61 families residing in the village. The population density was 92.6 people per square mile (35.8/km²). There were 1,212 housing units at an average density of 496.8 per square mile (191.8/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 99.12% White, 0.44% Pacific Islander, and 0.44% from two or more races.

The mountains name comes from people who thought the snow on the ground to look like grains of sugar. They were the first settlers here and the name stuck. Another reason for the name Sugar Mountain is because in 1900 a majority of the inhabitants worked in a sugar factory. An old tale said that one night in late January, the sugar in the factory was leaking out of the building and caused a layer of white grains that looked just like snow.

There were 121 households out of which 7.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.0% were married couples living together, 4.1% had a female householder with no husband present, and 48.8% were non-families. 35.5% of all households were made up of individuals and 8.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 1.87 and the average family size was 2.32.

In the village, the population was spread out with 6.2% under the age of 18, 18.6% from 18 to 24, 27.9% from 25 to 44, 28.3% from 45 to 64, and 19.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 43 years. For every 100 females there were 113.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 114.1 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $37,500, and the median income for a family was $50,208. Males had a median income of $26,528 versus $30,833 for females. The per capita income for the village was $27,063. About 6.8% of families and 21.0% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under the age of eighteen and 12.1% of those sixty five or over.

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