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Fletcher, North Carolina
—  Town  —
Location of Fletcher, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°25′58″N 82°30′24″W / 35.43278°N 82.50667°W / 35.43278; -82.50667
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Henderson
 - Total 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 - Land 5.3 sq mi (13.7 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,123 ft (647 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 4,185
 - Density 791.1/sq mi (305.5/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP code 28732
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-23760[1]
GNIS feature ID 1020286[2]

Fletcher is a town in Henderson and Buncombe Counties, North Carolina, United States. The population was 4,185 at the 2000 census. Fletcher is home to Asheville Regional Airport, which serves Asheville and Western North Carolina. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Fletcher is located at 35°25′58″N 82°30′24″W / 35.43278°N 82.50667°W / 35.43278; -82.50667 (35.432840, -82.506648)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 5.3 square miles (13.7 km²), all of it land.


The city of Fletcher was incorporated in 1989 by way of an activist movement spearheaded by local politician Sara Waechter. Sara Waechter then became the first interim mayor of Fletcher until the election in 1990 when she ran for election and was succeeded by Robert Parish by a single number of votes. [4]


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 4,185 people, 1,744 households, and 1,248 families residing in the town. The population density was 791.1 people per square mile (305.5/km²). There were 1,816 housing units at an average density of 343.3/sq mi (132.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.60% White, 3.30% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.

There were 1,744 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.85.

In the town the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $45,426, and the median income for a family was $51,688. Males had a median income of $35,976 versus $26,176 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,607. About 4.6% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.

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