Black Mountain, NC

Black Mountain, situated in Buncombe County, is a small town made up of 1.1 square miles.

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June 13, 2018

Black Mountain was incorporated in 1893. Like many areas in Western North Carolina, the area around Black Mountain was originally home to the Cherokee prior to colonial settlement. 

Located ten miles east of Asheville in Buncombe County in the Swannanoa Valley, the town of Black Mountain gets its name from the Black Mountain Depot train station, situated just below the mountains in the southern part of the Black Mountain range. It is part of the Blue Ridge Mountains and is situated within the Southern Appalachian Mountain chain. Previously, the Cherokee and Catawba called the area Grey Eagle. 

Known as the "Front Porch of Western North Carolina", Black Mountain NC was incorporated in 1893, following the relocation of the Cherokee in the mid-1800s and arrival of the railroad in 1879. It is a small, simple town offering rest and relaxation with beautiful mountain views. There are craft stores, gift shops, galleries, and the old fashioned Town Hardware and General Store. 

You'll find the Swannanoa Valley Museum and Black Mountain Center for the Arts in Black Mountain NC, with Montreat Conference Center and Ridgecrest (Christian retreats) nearby.

Black Mountain is home to several professional and collegiate sports figures, including Brad Johnson (NFL Super Bowl quarterback), Brad Daugherty (NBA), and Roy Williams (UNC Head Coach). 

Each year in Black Mountain NC the Sourwood Festival provides for entertainment during the month of August. More than 30,000 people arrive and take part in food, barbecue, dancing, kid's rides, games, etc. Unfortunately for some, it's a non-alcohol event, perhaps limiting the attendees, but making it a family-fun time.

On the other hand, for your honey and stinging pleasure, you can enjoy the bee demos - what with this being the "Sourwood" honey festival. About 200 vendors line the streets offering everything from arts and crafts to food. Also, if you can sing well enough, enter the Sourwood Idol contest, which opens the annual event.


The median resident age in Black Mountain is 52 years. The median estimated household income is about $45,000 making it about $5,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $26,000. The average price for a home in Black Mountain is about $230,000 (2016), which is $65,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $760 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Black Mountain is 86% White, 8% Black, and 6% other. 93% of the population are high school graduates, with 42% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 47% are married, 14% are divorced, 10% are widowed, 2% are separated, leaving 27% that have never been married.

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Buncombe County

Black Mountain 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 Black Mountain, NC is about 8,300. The population has been steadily increasing since the town was founded.


The elevation of Black Mountain, NC is 2,405 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Black Mountain, NC is 28711.

Area Code

The area code for Black Mountain, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Black Mountain and Buncombe County have voted mostly Democrat, with 54% going to Hillary Clinton during the 2016 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous two or three elections.

As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 45% are Protestants, Catholics make up around 4%, and 2% other.


The unemployment rate for Black Mountain is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%. Material moving, food service, and maintenance operations make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Citizen Times and Black Mountain News are the primary newspapers that cover the Buncombe County area.