Some Facts about our Area
From time to time clients ask about climate, or geographical facts about our area. The largest town in Haywood County is Waynesville, with a 2010 population of about 10,000. I expect the population in 2020 should be about 12,000 to 15,000 as our area continues to be discovered and to grow in population. The average high summer temperatures run from about 75 degrees in May to about 83 degrees in July and August, and back to about 77 degrees in September. The remainder of the year, high temperatures average about 69 degrees in October to a January average high of 49 degrees, warming to an average high of 68 degrees in April. Now these are historic average highs. In the last few years we seem to be going above the averages with some regularity. Also, these are the highs for Waynesville, which is only about 2700 feet or so above sea level. Waynesville is surrounded by high mountains, and usually, the higher you go, the cooler the air. Last Sunday my wife, our fur-baby and I took a ride on the Blue Ridge Parkway. Although it was 83 degrees in the valley, when we reached about 6000 feet above sea level on the parkway, it was a cool 67 degrees.
Haywood County is surrounded by many mountains well over 5000 feet above sea level, and several above 6000 feet above sea level are found in this county. In fact, Haywood County, by mean elevation is considered the highest county east of the Mississippi River at an average of 3600 feet above sea level. (All these facts are according to Wikipedia.)
So, if you are looking for a great place to escape the heat, with winters that are not too cold, come have a look at what Haywood County has to offer. I promise you won’t be disappointed.