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Mitchell County, North Carolina

US county information
NameMitchell County
StateNorth Carolina
SeatBakersville
US Area
Total Area222 sq mi (575 km2)
Land Area221 sq mi (572.4 km2)
Water Area1 sq mi (2.6 km2)
Population15687 (2000)
Density21/km2 (54.4/sq mi)
Founded1861

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Mitchell County is a county located in the U.S. state of North Carolina. The County is home to the "Mineral City of the World", Spruce Pine. Throughout the year such festivals as North Carolina Mineral and Gem Festival and North Carolina Rhododendron Festival bring thousands of people to the area. As of 2000, the population was 15,687. Its county seat is Bakersville . Mitchell County was one of the three 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.


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