Highlands, NC has a population of 1,144 and is the 14,328th largest city in the United States. The population density is 190 per sq mi which is 5% higher than the North Carolina average and 110% higher than the national average. The median age in Highlands is 62 which is approximately 62% higher than the North Carolina average of 38. In Highlands, 72% of the population over 15 years of age are married, 90% speak English and 7% speak Spanish. 26% of Highlands residents were born in North Carolina, 65% were born out of state, 3% were born outside of the United States and 6% were foreign born.