Sapphire

Sapphire Valley Resort is a popular destination in Western NC, offering a variety of amenities and activities. Sapphire is also known for its golf courses, as well as its proximity to Gorges State Park and Panthertown Valley.

Overview for Sapphire, NC

1,127 people live in Sapphire, where the median age is 64 and the average individual income is $62,426. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

1,127

Total Population

64 years

Median Age

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

$62,426

Average individual Income

Around Sapphire, NC

There's plenty to do around Sapphire, including shopping, dining, nightlife, parks, and more. Data provided by Walk Score and Yelp.

Points of Interest

Explore popular things to do in the area, including Killer Bees Honey, Panthertown Cafe, and The Library Kitchen & Bar.

Name Category Distance Reviews
Ratings by Yelp
Dining 4.47 miles 4 reviews 5/5 stars
Dining 3.34 miles 38 reviews 4.7/5 stars
Dining · $$$ 4.12 miles 120 reviews 4.5/5 stars
Dining 4.25 miles 38 reviews 4.4/5 stars
Dining 4.51 miles 37 reviews 4.4/5 stars
Dining · $$ 4.12 miles 39 reviews 4.3/5 stars
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Sapphire Valley, North Carolina, sits as a verdant jewel on the Highlands-Cashiers Plateau, where a storied past in the mining industry meets a vibrant renaissance as a coveted resort and second-home destination for those seeking cool summer temperatures.

 

The Fairfield Inn and the Fairfield dam were built in 1896 and gave birth to the stunning 200-acre Lake Fairfield. The inn was demolished in 1987, but the area remained as a retreat for vacationers. Two golf courses were built, one open to the public - Sapphire National Golf Course - and the other as part of the prestigious Country Club of Sapphire Valley.

 

In contemporary times, the Sapphire Valley Resort reigns as one of Sapphire's preeminent destinations, offering an abundance of amenities and activities. The resort has forged partnerships with several local communities, sharing its facilities with residents and weaving itself into the vibrant tapestry of community life.

 

This locale is celebrated for its bountiful waterways and some of the most alluring waterfalls in the Southeast. The Thompson, Whitewater, and Horsepasture rivers gracefully meander through these rolling mountains, beckoning avid fly fishermen with their pristine flows. The awe-striking 7,909-acre Gorges State Park stands as a natural sanctuary, a mere step away for those who seek hiking, camping, and picnicking adventures. For devotees of the great outdoors, a slice of the U.S. National Forestry’s Panthertown Valley nestles within Sapphire's embrace, unveiling boundless miles of untouched trails and unadulterated splendor.

 

When the snow blankets the landscape, winter enthusiasts can revel in the frosty season at Ski Sapphire Valley. Skiing, snowboarding, and tubing deliver exhilarating escapades. The resort offers two downhill runs, including a heart-pounding 200-foot vertical descent and a sprawling 1,600-foot course, alongside a gentler beginner slope.

 

Here are a few of the best-loved attractions in Sapphire:

 

 

In the realm of culinary delights, Sapphire unfurls a delightful tapestry of dining experiences, ranging from relaxed to refined. 

 

Here are a few of our favorites:

 

 

Demographics and Employment Data for Sapphire, NC

Sapphire has 684 households, with an average household size of 2. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. Here’s what the people living in Sapphire do for work — and how long it takes them to get there. Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. 1,127 people call Sapphire home. The population density is 153.592 and the largest age group is Data provided by the U.S. Census Bureau.

1,127

Total Population

Low

Population Density Population Density This is the number of people per square mile in a neighborhood.

64

Median Age

42.77 / 57.23%

Men vs Women

Population by Age Group

0-9:

0-9 Years

10-17:

10-17 Years

18-24:

18-24 Years

25-64:

25-64 Years

65-74:

65-74 Years

75+:

75+ Years

Education Level

  • Less Than 9th Grade
  • Associate Degree
  • Bachelor Degree
684

Total Households

2

Average Household Size

$62,426

Average individual Income

Households with Children

With Children:

Without Children:

Marital Status

Married
Single
Divorced
Separated

Blue vs White Collar Workers

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Commute Time

0 to 14 Minutes
15 to 29 Minutes
30 to 59 Minutes
60+ Minutes
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