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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, and has a population of 7,511.

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 7,977
Male Share of the Population 49.3%
Female Share of the Population 50.7%
Senior Citizens 23.6%
Employed Population 16+ 3,670
Age of the Population 50

Families

% of people married 46.3%
Average household size 2

Education and Earnings

Population % with Bachelor Degree or Higher 34.9%
Median Earnings25+ $23,503
Median Earnings Without High School Qualification $12,758
Median Earnings With High School Degree $21,595

Wealth

Median Family Income $47,437
% Above Poverty Level 87.4%
% Below Poverty Level 12.6%

Commute & Sprawl

Average Commute Time 18 minutes
% Working from Home 10.2%
% Walking and Biking to Work 2.7%
% Using Public Transportation 0.4%

Housing

People Living Alone 39.5%
Median Gross Rent $773
Median House Value $170,600

Ancestry

Other(often includes Hispanic and African American) 21.7%
US/American 0%
English 15.6%
Irish 13.9%

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 85,783 $59,947
Biltmore Forest 1,459 $170,000
Chimney Rock 111 $65,795
Montreat 668 $67,159
Old Fort 965 $46,713
Weaverville 3,783 $58,929
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