Fairview, NC

Fairview, situated in Buncombe County, is a town made up of 6.2 square miles.

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August 26, 2018


The median resident age in Fairview is 35 years. The median estimated household income is about $53,000 making it about $5,000 more than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $23,500. The average price for a home in Fairview is about $230,000 (2015) which is $70,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $700 a month for rent. 

The racial makeup of Fairview is 93% White, 3% Hispanic, 2% Two or more races, and 2% other. 95% of the population are high school graduates, with 31% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 59% are married, 8% are divorced, 2% are separated, 0% are widowed, leaving 31% that have never been married. 

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Buncombe County

Fairview 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.


The population of Fairview, NC is about 2,700. The population has been steadily increasing since its founding.


The elevation of Fairview, NC is 2,208 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Fairview, NC is 28730.

Area Code

The area code for Fairview, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Fairview and Buncombe County have voted mostly Democrat, with 56% going to Barrack Obama during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous elections, barring the 2000 and 2004 elections.

As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 45% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 6%.


The unemployment rate for Fairview is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%. Construction, retail, and healthcare make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Fairview Town Crier, Citizen Times, and the Mountain Xpress are the primary newspapers that cover the Buncombe County area.