Black Mountain North Carolina
The Community of Black Mountain, North Carolina has proudly been named: “One of the 50 Safest Towns in North Carolina”, “Best Small Town in North Carolina” and one of the “Prettiest Small Towns in America to Vacation”. Encompassing only 6.7 square miles, this picturesque town is located in the far western part of the state, close to Cherokee National Forest and only 15 miles from Asheville. Nestled in the Appalachian Mountains, it got its name from its location which is right under the peak of Black Mountain. Black Mountain was originally known as Grey Eagle to the Cherokee and Catawba Native Americans who first settled there. The town was founded in 1893 and was a major pathway for westbound immigrants, commercial trade and the mountain railway.
The Black Mountain College really left its mark on the area. Some of the famous people who were members of the Black Mountain College Board of Directors include Albert Einstein and poet William Carlos Williams. The town was even mentioned in a 2007 New York Times article as being “a haven for the arts.” Art galleries, poetry readings and other cultural events continue to be a big part of the community. If you like the outdoors or the indoors, Black Mountain beckons you.
The population is 8,278 of which 52.7% is female and 47.3% male. The median age in Black Mountain is 50 years of age and 93.4% have at least a high school diploma. 85.5% of the population is Caucasian, 7.6% African American, 2.1% Hispanic, 1.2% Asian, .3% American Indian and 2.9% Mixed Races.
The median household income in Black Mountain is $45,179. Just slightly under the U.S. average, unemployment is 3.9%. Looking at the top five employment industries: 19% Health Care and Social Assistance tied with Retail, also 19%, 11.4% Food Service Industry, 11.2% Manufacturing and 7.1% Administration Support. The average commute is 16 minutes.
Median Income Information
The median housing cost is $238,500 and average monthly rent is $1,450. Homes found in the area range from traditional to log homes.
Known for Arts, Crafts, Furniture and Music
The Black Mountain Community is recognized for arts, crafts, furniture and music. For such a small town, there are over 200 businesses, including: restaurants, bed and breakfasts, specialty shops, breweries and a large manufacturing operation. Due to its friendliness and hospitality to visitors and businesses, it has been designated as an “Entrepreneurial Friendly Community.” The beautiful mountains surrounding the Black Mountain Community make it an outdoorsman’s dream. The Black Mountain Ridge is ideal for such outdoor activities as: hiking, biking, camping and fishing, featuring lakes and gorgeous waterfalls.
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