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Swain County, North Carolina

PO Box 1397
Bryson City, NC 28713
Phone: (828) 488-2288
Fax: (828) 488-9360

On the southwestern border of NC, west of Asheville; organized Feb 24, 1871 from Jackson and Macon counties. Name Origin: For David Lowrie Swain (1801-68), NC governor (1832-35) and president of the University of NC (1835-68)

Area (sq mi):: 540.64 (land 528.10; water 12.54) Population per square mile: 24.90
Population 2005: 13,167 State rank: 90 Population change: 2000-20005 1.50%; 1990-2000 15.10% Population 2000: 12,968 (White 65.90%; Black or African American 1.70%; Hispanic or Latino 1.50%; Asian 0.20%; Other 31.80%). Foreign born: 1.00%. Median age: 38.80
Income 2000: per capita $14,647; median household $28,608; Population below poverty level: 18.30% Personal per capita income (2000-2003): $17,369-$19,813
Unemployment (2004): 7.10% Unemployment change (from 2000): -4.10% Median travel time to work: 20.80 minutes Working outside county of residence: 28.50%
Cities with population over 10,000: None
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Backers of the road say it will renew economic opportunities for rural Swain County, North Carolina, which lost "half of its jobs and half its population" when the park expanded in 1944, said David Monteith, a member of the Swain County Board of Commissioners.
The area proposed as critical habitat includes areas, at elevations of 5,400 feet (1,645 meters) and higher, on Grandfather Mountain in Avery, Caldwell, and Watauga Counties, North Carolina; Mount Collins, Clingman's Dome, and Mount Buckley in Swain County, North Carolina, and Sevier County, Tennessee; Mount LeConte in Sevier County, Tennessee; and Roan Mountain in Avery and Mitchell Counties, North Carolina, and Carter County, Tennessee.