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Hendersonville, North Carolina
—  City  —
Location of Hendersonville, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°19′14″N 82°27′42″W / 35.32056°N 82.46167°W / 35.32056; -82.46167
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Henderson
Area
 - Total 6.0 sq mi (15.5 km2)
 - Land 6.0 sq mi (15.4 km2)
 - Water 0.0 sq mi (0.0 km2)
Elevation 2,152 ft (656 m)
Population (2000)
 - Total 10,420
 Density 1,749.7/sq mi (675.6/km2)
Time zone Eastern (EST) (UTC-5)
 - Summer (DST) EDT (UTC-4)
ZIP codes 28700-28799
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-30720[1]
GNIS feature ID 0986616[2]
Website www.cityofhendersonville.org

Hendersonville is a city in Henderson County, North Carolina, USA, 22 miles (35 km) southeast of Asheville. In 1900, 1,917 persons lived in Hendersonville; in 1910, 2,818; and in 1940, 5,381 people lived here. As of the 2000 census, the city population was 10,420, up fivefold in one century. It is the county seat of Henderson County[3]. Like the county, the city is named for 19th-century North Carolina Supreme Court Chief Justice Leonard Henderson.

Hendersonville and Henderson County are part of the four-county Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area, the fifth-largest MSA in North Carolina as of the 2000 U.S. Census.

Dating to shortly after the founding of Henderson County in 1838, Hendersonville is traditionally known as "The City of Four Seasons". Recently, the mayor of Hendersonville has proclaimed it "Friendliest City in America". The town has a well-preserved Main Street and adjoining downtown areas with many restaurants, antique shops and boutiques located in buildings that housed key local business until the mid-1980s. Its architecture reflects the late 19th and early 20th centuries. Much downtown revitalization has occurred since the early 1990s. Larger stores are located almost entirely along the commercial strips extending outward from the downtown along U.S. Hwy. 64 East and U.S. Hwy. 176 and U.S. Hwy. 25. A number of historic neighborhoods exist outside the Main Street corridor including the 5th Avenue neighborhood on the city's west side and the Druid Hills neighborhood north of downtown. Depressed areas are located along the city's east side, but redevelopment efforts are underway in the historic commercial district along 7th Avenue East.

The architectural focus of the downtown area is the Historic Henderson County Courthouse, completed in 1905 and completely renovated in 2008. The city is also home to the newly-restored City Hall (erected 1924) and the modern Henderson County Courthouse (1995).

The largest street festival of the Hendersonville calendar is the annual Apple Festival, culminating in the Apple Parade that regularly draws up to 50,000 spectators. Main Street Hendersonville is also home to a number of other festivals and special activities throughout the year.

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Geography

Hendersonville is located at 35°19′14″N 82°27′42″W / 35.32056°N 82.46167°W / 35.32056; -82.46167 (35.320586, -82.461596)[4].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the city has a total area of 6.0 square miles (15.5 km²), of which, 6.0 square miles (15.4 km²) of it is land and 0.17% is water. Though Henderson County is mountainous, the area within the city limits is located on level land or small hills with only 100-150 feet elevation difference between the highest and lowest points.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 10,421 people, 4,579 households, and 2,555 families residing in the city. The population density was 1,749.7 people per square mile (675.0/km²). There were 5,181 housing units at an average density of 870.0/sq mi (335.6/km²). The racial makeup of the city was 72.4% White, 21.5% African American, 0.3% Native American, 0.7% Asian, 3.5% from other races, and 1.5% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 9.1% of the population.

There were 4,579 households out of which 20.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 39.6% were married couples living together, 12.9% had a female householder with no husband present, and 44.2% were non-families. 40.1% of all households were made up of individuals and 22.1% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.10 and the average family size was 2.80.

In the city the population was spread out with 28.9% under the age of 18, 17.5% from 18 to 24, 22.8% from 25 to 44, 19.3% from 45 to 64, and 23.2% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 45 years. For every 100 females there were 82.8 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 76.6 males.

The median income for a household in the city was $30,357, and the median income for a family was $39,111. Males had a median income of $30,458 versus $22,770 for females. The per capita income for the city was $19,926. About 13.3% of families and 16.8% of the population were below the poverty line, including 27.5% of those under age 18 and 10.5% of those age 65 or over.

References

  1. ^ a b "American FactFinder". United States Census Bureau. http://factfinder.census.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  2. ^ "US Board on Geographic Names". United States Geological Survey. 2007-10-25. http://geonames.usgs.gov. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  3. ^ "Find a County". National Association of Counties. http://www.naco.org/Template.cfm?Section=Find_a_County&Template=/cffiles/counties/usamap.cfm. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 
  4. ^ "US Gazetteer files: 2000 and 1990". United States Census Bureau. 2005-05-03. http://www.census.gov/geo/www/gazetteer/gazette.html. Retrieved 2008-01-31. 

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