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Whittier, North Carolina

Coordinates: 35°26′02″N 83°21′23″W / 35.43389°N 83.35639°W / 35.43389; -83.35639
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Whittier, North Carolina
Whittier is located in North Carolina
Whittier is located in the United States
Coordinates: 35°26′02″N 83°21′23″W / 35.43389°N 83.35639°W / 35.43389; -83.35639
CountryUnited States
StateNorth Carolina
CountyJackson and Swain
Named forDr. Clarke Whittier[1]
 • Total0.18 sq mi (0.48 km2)
 • Land0.18 sq mi (0.47 km2)
 • Water0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
Elevation1,926 ft (587 m)
 • Total25
 • Density136.61/sq mi (52.80/km2)
Time zoneUTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST)UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP codes
Area code828
FIPS code37-73780
GNIS feature ID2805285[3]

Whittier is an unincorporated community and census-designated place (CDP) in Jackson and Swain counties in the western part of the U.S. state of North Carolina. It was first listed as a CDP in the 2020 census with a population of 25.[4]

Whittier is located on the Tuckasegee River, between Bryson City downstream to the west, and Dillsboro upstream to the southeast. The town of Whittier has its own Post Office, located at 22 Main Street.


Founded in 1881 by Dr. Clarke Whittier when he purchased 60,000 acres (24,000 ha) of land in the area, it was incorporated as a town from 1887 to 1933. The town declined following the collapse of the lumber industry during the Great Depression.[5]


Historical population
U.S. Decennial Census[6]

2020 census[edit]

Whittier CDP, North Carolina – Racial and Ethnic Composition
(NH = Non-Hispanic)
Note: the US Census treats Hispanic/Latino as an ethnic category. This table excludes Latinos from the racial categories and assigns them to a separate category. Hispanics/Latinos may be of any race.
Race / Ethnicity Pop 2020[7] % 2020
White alone (NH) 21 84.00%
Black or African American alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Native American or Alaska Native alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Asian alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Pacific Islander alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Some Other Race alone (NH) 0 0.00%
Mixed Race/Multi-Racial (NH) 1 4.00%
Hispanic or Latino (any race) 3 12.00%
Total 25 100.00%


  1. ^ "North Carolina Gazetteer". Retrieved December 24, 2020.
  2. ^ "ArcGIS REST Services Directory". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved September 20, 2022.
  3. ^ a b U.S. Geological Survey Geographic Names Information System: Whittier, North Carolina
  4. ^ "Whittier CDP, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau. Retrieved April 7, 2022.
  5. ^ Whittier, NC – The Way It Used to Be, Postcards from the Smokies (retrieved 2 July 2014)
  6. ^ "Decennial Census by Decade". US Census Bureau.
  7. ^ a b "P2 HISPANIC OR LATINO, AND NOT HISPANIC OR LATINO BY RACE – 2020: DEC Redistricting Data (PL 94-171) – Whittier CDP, North Carolina". United States Census Bureau.

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