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Haywood County, North Carolina

Haywood County is a county located in the U.S. State of North Carolina. As of 2000, the population is 54,033. Its county seat is Waynesville6.

Geography According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 1,436 km² (555 mi²). 1,434 km² (554 mi²) of it is land and 2 km² (1 mi²) of it is water. The total area is 0.17% water.

Demographics As of the census of 2000, there are 54,033 people, 23,100 households, and 16,054 families residing in the county. The population density is 38/km² (98/mi²). There are 28,640 housing units at an average density of 20/km² (52/mi²). The racial makeup of the county is 96.85% White, 1.27% African American, 0.49% Native American, 0.21% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.44% from other races, and 0.71% from two or more races. 1.41% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 23,100 households out of which 26.20% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 56.70% are married couples living together, 9.50% have a female householder with no husband present, and 30.50% are non-families. 26.70% of all households are made up of individuals and 12.30% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.30 and the average family size is 2.76.

In the county the population is spread out with 20.80% under the age of 18, 6.20% from 18 to 24, 26.90% from 25 to 44, 27.10% from 45 to 64, and 19.00% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 92.00 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 88.70 males.

The median income for a household in the county is $33,922, and the median income for a family is $40,438. Males have a median income of $30,731 versus $21,750 for females. The per capita income for the county is $18,554. 11.50% of the population and 8.10% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total people living in poverty, 17.40% are under the age of 18 and 10.30% are 65 or older.

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