Lansing, North Carolina

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Lansing, North Carolina
Aerial Photo of Lansing, NC
Aerial Photo of Lansing, NC
Location of Lansing, North Carolina
Location of Lansing, North Carolina
Coordinates: 36°29′57″N 81°30′35″W / 36.49917°N 81.50972°W / 36.49917; -81.50972Coordinates: 36°29′57″N 81°30′35″W / 36.49917°N 81.50972°W / 36.49917; -81.50972
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Ashe
 • Total 0.34 sq mi (0.87 km2)
 • Land 0.33 sq mi (0.85 km2)
 • Water 0.008 sq mi (0.02 km2)
Elevation 2,664 ft (812 m)
Population (2010)
 • Total 158
 • Estimate (2016)[1] 154
 • Density 470/sq mi (180/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 • Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28643
Area code(s) 336
FIPS code 37-36960[2]
GNIS feature ID 1012683[3]

Lansing is a town in Ashe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 158 at the 2010 census.[4]


The town of Lansing was incorporated May 16, 1928. Lansing has one stop sign (a single three-way intersection at Hwy. 194 and Big Horse Creek Road).

In the early 20th century, Lansing was a very busy place, primarily because of the Norfolk and Western Railroad Company, whose daily mixed train, nicknamed the "Virginia Creeper", stopped here. Todd, West Jefferson, Lansing, White Oak, and other towns in North Carolina were also regular stopping places for the train. There were some productive iron mines around Lansing that used the railroad to move ore.

In the 1930s and 40's Lansing was home to one of two cheese factories in Ashe County. Lansing's cheese plant offered local farmers a place to bring their goods instead of traveling to the county's other cheese plant in West Jefferson.

Lansing High School was built in 1941 by the Works Progress Administration (WPA) using very beautiful local granite stone.

The Clark-Miller Roller Mill, Lansing Historic District, Lansing School, Miller Homestead, and Perry-Shepherd Farm are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.[5][6]


Lansing is located at 36°29′57″N 81°30′35″W / 36.49917°N 81.50972°W / 36.49917; -81.50972 (36.499091, -81.509617).[7]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.35 square miles (0.9 km2), of which 0.0077 square miles (0.02 km2), or 2.18%, is water.[4]


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 278
1970 283 1.8%
1980 194 −31.4%
1990 171 −11.9%
2000 151 −11.7%
2010 158 4.6%
Est. 2016 154 [1] −2.5%
U.S. Decennial Census[8]
Downtown Lansing during a hailstorm in March 2007

As of the census[2] of 2000, there were 151 people, 69 households, and 38 families residing in the town. The population density was 396.9 people per square mile (153.4/km²). There were 83 housing units at an average density of 218.2 per square mile (84.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 100.00% White.

There were 69 households out of which 27.5% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 36.2% were married couples living together, 17.4% had a female householder with no husband present, and 43.5% were non-families. 42.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 26.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 3.03.

In the town, the population was spread out with 24.5% under the age of 18, 8.6% from 18 to 24, 27.8% from 25 to 44, 17.9% from 45 to 64, and 21.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females there were 75.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 72.7 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $18,125, and the median income for a family was $26,563. Males had a median income of $21,250 versus $18,571 for females. The per capita income for the town was $11,560. There were 9.8% of families and 17.3% of the population living below the poverty line, including 31.0% of under eighteens and 23.9% of those over 64.


  1. ^ a b "Population and Housing Unit Estimates". Retrieved June 9, 2017. 
  2. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ a b "Geographic Identifiers: 2010 Demographic Profile Data (G001): Lansing town, North Carolina". U.S. Census Bureau, American Factfinder. Retrieved July 3, 2013. 
  5. ^ National Park Service (2010-07-09). "National Register Information System". National Register of Historic Places. National Park Service. 
  6. ^ "National Register of Historic Places Listings". Weekly List of Actions Taken on Properties: 8/15/11 through 8/19/11. National Park Service. 2011-08-26. 
  7. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2010, 2000, and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2011-02-12. Retrieved 2011-04-23. 
  8. ^ "Census of Population and Housing". Retrieved June 4, 2015. 

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