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Overview

Introduction to Black Mountain, North Carolina

Black Mountain, North Carolina, in Buncombe county, is 13 miles E of Asheville, North Carolina (center to center) and 87 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina. The town is part of the Asheville metropolitan area.

Black Mountain History

The community of Black Mountain derived its name from the Black Mountain Range in the Southern Appalachians. It is located in Buncombe County, which was founded in 1791. The county, which was originally part of Rutherford and Burke County, was named in honor of Edward Buncombe, a colonel in the Revolutionary War.

Black Mountain and Nearby Attractions

  • Valley Museum
  • Black Mountain Center for the Arts
  • Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace
  • Lake Tomahawk Park
  • Colburn Earth Science Museum
  • Mount Mitchell State Park

Things To Do In Black Mountain

The Black Mountain Center for the Arts showcases the work of various artists. The Mount Mitchell State Park offers facilities for hiking, camping, and horseback riding. Zebulon B. Vance Birthplace, and the Biltmore Estate are historical sites located near the town. Estes - Inn Antique Automobile Museum, and the Asheville Art Museum display artifacts of historical importance. Opportunities to play golf are available at the Black Mountain Golf Course. The community also organizes the Sourwood Festival and the Lake Eden Arts Festival every year.

Black Mountain Transportation

Greenville - Spartanburg International Airport is the closest major airport.

Black Mountain Higher Education

Nearby colleges include the Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College, Spartanburg Technical College, and University of North Carolina at Asheville.

People

Total Population 8,079
Male Share of the Population 48.3%
Female Share of the Population 51.7%
Senior Citizens 26.1%
Employed Population 16+ 3,625
Age of the Population 52

Families

% of people married 44.7%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.6%
Median Earnings25+ $0
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $0
Median Earnings With High School Degree $0

Wealth

Median Family Income $48,111
% Above Poverty Level 87.2%
% Below Poverty Level 12.8%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 19 minutes
% Working from Home 9.6%
% Walking and Biking to Work 3.2%
% Using Public Transportation 0.6%

Housing

People Living Alone 38.3%
Median Gross Rent $756
Median House Value $186,100

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 23.2%
US/American 0%
English 16.5%
Irish 13.9%

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

Black Mountain Almanac

Category Value
Nearest Medium City 13 miles E of Asheville, North Carolina (center to center)
Nearest Large City 87 miles W of Charlotte, North Carolina
County Buncombe
Metro Area Asheville
Standard Zip Codes 28711
Phone Area Codes 828
Time Zone Eastern (-5 hours from GMT)
Daylight Savings The city observes Daylight Saving Time.
Latitude 35.617
Longitude -82.321

Black Mountain Climate

Nearest Weather Stations

Notes:

  • Temp ranges are avg daily min and max for the month
  • Precipitation is rainfall (and rainfall equiv of snowfall)

Station BLACK MOUNTAIN 2 W
Distance 2 miles
Jan Temp 24 to 47 F
Apr Temp 39 to 66 F
Jul Temp 61 to 83 F
Oct Temp 41 to 68 F
Annual Precip 48.4 inches
Station SWANNANOA 2 SSE
Distance 5 miles
Jan Temp 23 to 40 F
Apr Temp 40 to 60 F
Jul Temp 60 to 75 F
Oct Temp 43 to 61 F
Annual Precip 52.4 inches
Station MOUNT MITCHELL
Distance 9.4 miles
Jan Temp 17 to 34 F
Apr Temp 33 to 51 F
Jul Temp 53 to 68 F
Oct Temp 38 to 56 F
Annual Precip 74.5 inches

Nearby Cities and Towns

Location Population Median Family Income
Asheville 86,789 $59,538
Biltmore Forest 1,474 $165,625
Chimney Rock 68 $47,500
Montreat 677 $66,974
Old Fort 1,033 $35,625
Weaverville 3,834 $56,406

Source: American Community Survey, U.S. Census Bureau, 2015, www.census.gov/programs-surveys/acs/.

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Black Mountain High Schools

CHARLES D OWEN HIGH
99 LAKE EDEN ROAD
828-686-3852
Serves 878 students.
Student/teacher ratio: 12.9

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