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Black Mountain, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Location of Black Mountain, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°37′9″N 82°19′32″W / 35.61917°N 82.32556°W / 35.61917; -82.32556
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Buncombe
 - Total 6.5 sq mi (16.7 km2)
 - Land 6.4 sq mi (16.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,405 ft (733 m)
Population (2008)
 - Total 7,877
 - Density 1,165.7/sq mi (450.1/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28711
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-06140[1]
GNIS feature ID 1019196[2]

Black Mountain is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,511 at the 2000 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is named for the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge range in the Southern Appalachians.


About the town

The downtown area has many eclectic shops that attract seasonal tourists which is a main staple of its local economy. There are also many quaint bed and breakfasts. The town is near several Christian retreat areas including Ridgecrest and Montreat Conference Center. Singer Roberta Flack, former basketball player Brad Daugherty, and NFL quarterback Brad Johnson, and Roy Williams hail from Black Mountain.

Black Mountain College was formerly located near the town. While the Black Mountain College and Arts Center is now located thirty minutes west in Asheville, North Carolina [1]]. Black Mountain is home of the Swannanoa Valley Museum {[2]}. The Black Mountain Center for the Arts is located down the street from the Museum. In 2002 this small community raised 1.2 million dollars to buy the old Town Hall and convert it the Art Center. {[3][4]}

Black Mountain is the setting for the 2009 novel One Second After, which was written by William R. Forstchen, a resident of the town.


Black Mountain is located at 35°37′9″N 82°19′32″W / 35.61917°N 82.32556°W / 35.61917; -82.32556 (35.619208, -82.325434)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 6.5 square miles (16.7 km²), of which, 6.4 square miles (16.7 km²) of it is land and 0.04 square miles (0.1 km²) of it (0.31%) is water.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 7,511 people, 3,340 households, and 2,027 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,165.7 people per square mile (450.3/km²). There were 3,703 housing units at an average density of 574.7/sq mi (222.0/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 90.84% White, 6.27% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 0.81% of the population.

There were 3,340 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.75.

In the town the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $35,541, and the median income for a family was $43,373. Males had a median income of $28,604 versus $22,476 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,509. About 7.6% of families and 10.1% of the population were below the poverty line, including 14.2% of those under age 18 and 7.6% of those age 65 or over.


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