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Yancey County is a county located in the state of North Carolina. Based on the 2010 census, the population was 17,818. Its county seat is
This land was in inhabited by the Cherokee prior to European settlement. The Appalachian Mountains region belonged to the Cherokee Indians.
It is named in honor of Bartlett Yancey, an eloquent orator, many times a member of the Legislature, speaker of the State Senate and member of Congress. He was also one of the earliest advocates of the public school system in North Carolina.
County QuickFacts: CensusBureau Quick Facts
Yancey was formed in 1833 from Burke and Buncombe. It is named in honor of Bartlett Yancey, an eloquent orator, many times a member of the Legislature, speaker of the State Senate and member of Congress. He was also one of the earliest advocates of the public school system in North Carolina. It is in the western section of the State and is bounded by the state of Tennessee and Mitchell, McDowell, Buncombe and Madison counties. The present land area is 312.45 square miles and the 2000 population was 17,774. The act establishing the county named and authorized commissioners to purchase land, lay out a town, and erect a courthouse. Burnsville, named for Captain Otway Burns of Beaufort, North Carolina, who won fame in the War of 1812, is the county seat.
As reported by the Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 313 square miles (810 km2), of which 313 square miles (810 km2) is land and 0.6 square miles (1.6 km2) (0.2%) is water. Mount Mitchell at 6,684 feet (2,037 m), within Mount Mitchell State Park in Yancey County is the highest point in the United States east of the Mississippi River.
Bordering counties are as follows: