Montreat, situated in Buncombe County, is a small town made up of 2.7 square miles.
August 15, 2017
The town was incorporated in 1967.
Montreat's name is a combination of "mountain" and "retreat".
Montreat is a primary congregation area for the Presbyterian Church.
The median resident age in Montreat is 25 years. The median estimated household income is about $61,000 making it about $13,000 more than the North Carolina average.
The estimated per capita is about $20,000. The average price for a home in Montreat is about $444,000 (2015) which is $284,000 less than the North Carolina Average. Expect to pay about $500 a month for rent.
The racial makeup of Montreat is 83% White, 7% Black, 6% Two or more races, and 4% other. 92% of the population are high school graduates, with 79% holding a Bachelor's Degree or higher. 42% are married, 2% are divorced, 1% are separated, 3% are widowed, leaving 52% that have never been married.
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Montreat 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 Montreat, NC is about 730. The population has fluctuated since the town's founding, but has seen an increase in recent years.
The elevation of Montreat, NC is 2,615 feet above sea level.
The zip code for Montreat, NC is 28757.
The area code for Montreat, NC is 828.
Historically speaking Montreat 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, but the town did vote Republican in the 2000 and 2004 elections.
As of 2010, 49% of the population are religiously unafiliated (Nones). About 46% are Protestants with Catholics and Other making up around 5%.
The unemployment rate for Montreat is about 4% (2015), making it lower than the state average of around 5%. Sales, office administration, and management make nearly 50% of the most common industries in the town.