Fletcher North Carolina
“Pride in our past and faith in our future.” That is the motto of Fletcher, North Carolina. Located on the northern edge of Henderson County, this small town of 6.5 square miles is proud of the fact that it has a suburban feel in a friendly community atmosphere. The town is dominated by Cane Creek and French Broad River and is strategically located between Hendersonville and Asheville along a major interstate highway right next to the area’s largest airport.
Located 13 miles south of Asheville, the area was settled when Samuel Murray moved his family all the way from South Carolina. When the family moved there, Samuel purchased more than 10,000 acres. In 1827, his son opened the first post office and the area then became known as Murrayville. Being one of the main way-stations on the Buncombe Turnpike, Murrayville became the main passageway for families, farmers and traders that were traveling between South Carolina to the Asheville area. In 1837, Murrayville was renamed Shufordsville after the new postmaster. A year later, the state of North Carolina formed the last one hundred of its counties and Shufordsville no longer was considered in Buncombe County but was now a part of Henderson County. In 1886, as Shufordsville continued to grow, Dr. George Fletcher became the new postmaster and the town, once and for all, was renamed Fletcher. In 1989, Fletcher was incorporated and from then until the year 2000, developers built multiple large subdivisions. During that time, the Community of Fletcher had a population growth that went from 2,787 to 4,185.
The current population of Fletcher has grown to 8,233 with 53.2% being female and 48.8% male. The median age is 41.1 years of age. 20% makeup the age bracket 35-44. Approximately 90% of the population of Fletcher have at least a high school diploma. 87.3% of the population is Caucasian, 4.1% Hispanic, 3.4% Asian, 3.1% African American, 1.1% American Indian and .6% Mixed Races.
The median price of a home is $202,351 and monthly rent is approximately $1,207. 80% of the population in Fletcher own their own homes. Most of the homes are newer homes built after 2000 and include condos and townhomes along with manufactured homes.
Median Income Information
The median household income is $66,563. The top five industries are: 22.6% Education and Healthcare, 18.1% Manufacturing, 13.1% Retail Sales, 10.7% Finance, Real Estate, Insurance and 8.8% Professional, scientific, administrative. The average commute time is 19.8 minutes.
Known for it’s agricultural farming.
Fletcher is known for its limestone which is valuable for agricultural farming. Limestone was mined way back in the 1800s and is still actively being mined today. Being right next to the airport along with available rail service will help Fletcher grow well into the future. Some of the residents of Fletcher have summed it up by saying that the Community of Fletcher is “an upcoming town where anything you need is well within reach.”
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