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Robbinsville, North Carolina

Robbinsville is a town in Graham County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 620 at the 2010 census.[1] It is the county seat of Graham County.[2]

Country United States
State North Carolina
County Graham County
Elevation 2,044 ft (623.0 m)
Coordinates 35°19′22″N 83°48′28″W / 35.32278°N 83.80778°W / 35.32278; -83.80778Coordinates: 35°19′22″N 83°48′28″W / 35.32278°N 83.80778°W / 35.32278; -83.80778
Area 0.4 sq mi (1.0 km2)
 - land 0.4 sq mi (1 km2)
 - water 0.0 sq mi (0 km2), 0%
Population 620 (2010)
Density 1,867/sq mi (720.9/km2)
Timezone EST (UTC-5)
 - summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28771
Area code 828 Exchange: 479
Map showing the location of Robbinsville
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Location of North Carolina in the United States



Robbinsville is located at 35°19′22″N 83°48′28″W / 35.32278°N 83.80778°W / 35.32278; -83.80778 (35.322823, −83.807788).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.


Census Pop.
Est. 2016597[4]−3.7%
U.S. Decennial Census[5]

As of the 2010 Census, there were 620 people, 283 households and 157 families. The population density was 1,352 people per square mile.[1]

As of the census[6] of 2000, there were 747 people, 346 households, and 207 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,663.4 people per square mile (640.9/km²). There were 393 housing units at an average density of 875.1 per square mile (337.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 94.38% White, 4.42% Native American, 0.54% from other races, and 0.67% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.67% of the population.

There were 346 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 16.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% were non-families. 38.4% of all households were made up of individuals and 19.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.14 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.8% under the age of 18, 10.4% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 21.2% from 45 to 64, and 18.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 92.5 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 80.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $14,688, and the median income for a family was $21,705. Males had a median income of $16,912 versus $14,886 for females. The per capita income for the town was $10,275. 34.5% of the population and 26.5% of families were below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 46.6% of those under the age of 18 and 37.8% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.

Cultural referencesEdit

Segments of the motion picture The Fugitive starring Harrison Ford and Tommy Lee Jones were filmed at Cheoah Dam close to Robbinsville.

Segments of the motion picture Nell (1994) starring Jodie Foster were filmed in and around Robbinsville.

The title of the Avett Brothers album Four Thieves Gone: The Robbinsville Sessions refers to Robbinsville, North Carolina.

Between 1969 and 1992, Robbinsville High School's football program was among the most successful in North Carolina, winning 12 Class 1A state titles.[7]

The silent film, Stark Love, was filmed in and around Robbinsville and surrounding Graham County. Many of those who played in the movie were local residents.[8]

Author Peter Jenkins was treated harshly and alienated by the Robbinsville community in 1974, and described these events in his book A Walk Across America. He left town after being threatened with lynching by local law enforcement because he was a hippie.[9]

Robbinsville is featured frequently on the television show Moonshiners, and is home to Jim Tom, Jeff, Lance, and Mark.

Notable peopleEdit

The Grave of Cherokee Chief Junaluska and second wife Nicie


  1. ^ a b "U.S. Census Bureau data provided by". Retrieved February 6, 2013. 
  2. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. Retrieved 2011-06-07. 
  3. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. February 12, 2011. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  4. ^ "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  5. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 
  6. ^ "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  7. ^ "Championship Results Football". Archived from the original on May 12, 2012. Retrieved May 16, 2012. 
  8. ^ Ellison, George (February 28, 2001). "'Stark Love' may be best early movie about Appalachia". The Smoky Mountain News. Archived from the original on December 18, 2006. Retrieved December 31, 2008. 
  9. ^ Jenkins, pp. 119-124.


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