Mars Hill, NC

Mars Hill, situated in Madison County, is a town made up of 1.9 square miles.

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Mars Hill was settled by colonists in the early 1700s.  

The town is home to Mars Hill College, which was established in 1856.


The median resident age in Mars Hill is 24 years. The median estimated household income is about $46,000 making it about $2,000 less than the North Carolina average. The estimated per capita is about $18,000. The average price for a home in Mars Hill is about $193,000 (2015) which is $33,000 more than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $600 a month for rent.

The racial makeup of Mars Hill is 85% White, 9% Black, 2% Two or more races, and 4% other. 93% of the population are high school graduates, with 39% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 28% are married, 9% are divorced, 1% are separated, 5% are widowed, leaving 57% that have never been married.

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Madison County

Mars Hill belongs to Madison County in the western part of North Carolina. The county, named after James Madison, is part of the Asheville, NC Metropolitan Statistical Area. Madison County has a population of 21,000 and its town Marshall, with a population of 900, is the county seat.

Madison County borders Yancey, Haywood, Buncombe, Cocke (Tennessee), Unicoi (Tennessee), and Greene (Tennessee) counties.

Madison County is made up of 451 square miles. 450 of which is land with the remaining 1 as water.


The population of Mars Hill, NC is about 1,800. The population saw a decrease between the 1980s and 1990s, but has been steadily increasing since.


The elevation of Mars Hill, NC is 2,320 feet above sea level.

Zip Code

The zip code for Mars Hill, NC is 28754.

Area Code

The area code for Mars Hill, NC is 828.

Politics and Religion

Historically speaking Mars Hill and Madison County have voted mostly Republican, with 54% going to Mitt Romney during the 2012 Presidential Election. This represents the trend for the previous three or four elections.

As of 2010, 38% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 61% are Protestants with Catholics making up around 1%.


The unemployment rate for Mars Hill is about 5% (2015), making it equal to the state average of around 5%.

Education and construction make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.

Newspaper & Obituaries

The Citizen's Times is the primary newspaper that covers the Madison County area.


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