Biltmore Forest, NC

Biltmore Forest, situated in Buncombe County, is a small town made up of 2.9 square miles...

2018 Best Guide to Biltmore Forest, NC

May 21. 2018

There was a significant flood in 1916 that damaged parts of the Biltmore Estate. The damaged land was sold to reduce the upkeep and cost of that heavy tax burden had on the Biltmore Company.

In 1923, the Town of Biltmore Forest was incorporated, and on the White Oak Road the first houses were built. The town is located between Asheville, the Biltmore Estate, and the Blue Ridge Parkway.

The Town of Asheville annexed part of the Biltmore Forest in 1929, but in 1935 it was undone by the North Carolina Legislature.


The median resident age in Biltmore Forest is 53 years. The median estimated household income is about $143,000 making it about $98,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $82,000. The average price for a home in Biltmore Forest is about $836,000 (2013) which is $681,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $2,100 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Biltmore Forest is 98% White, 1% Hispanic, and 1% Two or more races. 99% of the population are high school graduates, with 78% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 76% are married, 4% are divorced, 5% are widowed, leaving 15% that have never been married.

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Buncombe County

Biltmore Forest belongs to Buncombe County in the western part of North Carolina. The County, named after Edward Buncombe, is part of the Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Buncombe County has a population of 48,000 and its largest city Asheville, with a population of 83,000, is the county seat.

The county formed from parts of Burke and Rutherford County in 1791. The early settlers were mostly Baptists, and six churches formed the French Broad Association of Baptist churches in 1807. In 1808, the western part of the county was taken to form Haywood County. Some of Burke and Buncombe County were chosen to make Yancey County in 1833.

 In 1838, the southern part of Buncombe became Henderson County. In 1851, parts of Buncombe and Yancey County were used to make Madison County. Lastly, the Broad River township of McDowell County was given to Buncombe County.

Buncombe County borders Madison, Yancey, McDowell, Rutherford, Henderson, Haywood and Transylvania counties.

Buncombe County is made up of 660 square miles. 657 of which is land with the remaining 3 as water.


The Population of Biltmore Forest, NC is about 1,340.


The elevation of Biltmore Forest, NC is 2,267 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Biltmore Forest, NC is 28803.

Area Code

The area code for Biltmore Forest, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Biltmore Forest and Buncombe County have voted mostly Democrat, with 56% going to Barack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. However, in the 2000 and 2004 Presidential Election the area voted Republican.

As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unaffiliated (Nones). About 46% are protestants, Catholics making up around 4%, and 1% other.


The unemployment rate for Biltmore Forest is about 4% (2015), making it less than the state average of around 5%. Health care, manufacturing, and professional/scientific services make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

Mountain Xpress, Asheville Citizen-Times, Times-News are the primary newspapers that cover the Buncombe County area.