Mitchell County

Mitchell County

Last updated October 2021

10,998 Total Voters

Republican 59.24% Democrat 10.12% Libertarian 0.4% Green 0% Constitution 0% Unaffiliated 30.24%
White 90.19% Black 0.32% Other 9.49%

Mitchell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. As of the 2010 census, the population was 15,579. Its county seat is Bakersville, population 454 (2010), elevation 2470 ft.

The county is home to the "Mineral City of the World", Spruce Pine and Roan Mountain which includes the world's largest natural rhododendron garden, and the longest stretch of grassy bald in the Appalachian range. Throughout the year such festivals as North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival and North Carolina Rhododendron Festival bring many people to the area. Mitchell County was one of the three entirely dry counties in North Carolina, along with Graham and Yancey, but in March, 2009, after much controversy, the Town of Spruce Pine approved beer, wine, and ABC store sales. However, alcohol sales are still illegal in the areas of the county outside the town of Spruce Pine, except areas within 1.5 air miles of the Blue Ridge Parkway.

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Unemployment 11.69%

Voter Registration Thousands

In the General Assembly

  • State House
  • Josh Dobson (NC-85)

    Appointed on Jan 29, 2013 to replace Mitch Gillespie

  • State Senate
  • Ralph Hise (NC-47)

Election Results