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Welcome to Asheville ...

The city of Asheville is located in Buncombe County<1> and is the County Seat for Buncombe County.

From the  Census Estimates for 2019, Asheville has a population of 93,061 people<2> (see below for details).

Asheville was established in 1784.

The community of Asheville is 2,170 feet [661 m] above sea level.<3> In other words, the elevation of Asheville is about ½ mile above sea level.

Time Zone: Asheville lies in the Eastern Time Zone (EST/EDT) and observes daylight saving time

Asheville lies within the (828) area code.

The ZIP code for Asheville: 28801<4>

Websites for Asheville ...

Official Website:   www.ci.asheville.nc.us/

Chamber of Commerce:   www.ashevillechamber.org/

Junior League:   www.juniorleagueasheville.org/

Population Details ...

Taken from the 2019 Census Estimates, Asheville had an population of 93,061 people. This is an increase of 11.59% since the 2010 Census (or an increase of 35.09% since the 2000 Census).

At the time of the 2010 Census, Asheville had a population of 83,393 people (or 34.99% of the total population of Buncombe County). This makes Asheville the county's most populous community.

The population of Asheville represents 0.87% of the total population of North Carolina (which has 9,535,483 people), making it the state's 11th most populous community.

With a 2010 count of 83,393 people, the population of Asheville increased 21.05% from the 2000 Census (with a count of 68,889 people).

More information can be found on the Census Page for Asheville.

Adding Asheville to Our Gazetteer ...

We originally found mention of Asheville in both the FIPS-55 and the GNIS. For more information, see the FIPS and GNIS Codes sections on our Miscellaneous Page.

In addition, our notes show that the earliest dated mention that we've found for Asheville was in the Business Atlas and Shippers' Guide (1895).

We also found Asheville on a map titled Rand McNally Map of North Carolina (1911).

For more details about the above, see References and Mentions for Asheville on our Genealogy Page.

Communities near Asheville ...

We have created a list of 10 communities that are near Asheville.

  • Hendersonville [Henderson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Hendersonville
    • Hendersonville [Henderson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Asheville
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 14,235 people
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Hendersonville
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Hendersonville<6>
  • Fletcher [Henderson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Fletcher
    • Fletcher [Henderson County] lies 11 miles [17.7 km]<5> to the south of Asheville
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,439 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Fletcher have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Fletcher
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Fletcher<6>
  • Black Mountain [Buncombe County]
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    • Black Mountain [Buncombe County] lies 12 miles [19.3 km]<5> to the east of Asheville
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 8,256 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Black Mountain have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Black Mountain
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Black Mountain<6>
  • Mills River [Henderson County]
    • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mills River
    • Mills River [Henderson County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the south of Asheville
    • Population from the 2020 Census: 7,471 people
    • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mills River have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
    • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mills River
    • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mills River<6>
  • Continue List   (6 more) ...
    • Canton [Haywood County]
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      • Canton [Haywood County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the west of Asheville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,369 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Canton have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Canton
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Canton<6>
    • Weaverville [Buncombe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Weaverville
      • Weaverville [Buncombe County] lies 7 miles [11.3 km]<5> to the north of Asheville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 4,039 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Weaverville
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Weaverville<6>
    • Laurel Park [Henderson County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Laurel Park
      • Laurel Park [Henderson County] lies 19 miles [30.6 km]<5> to the south of Asheville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 2,339 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Laurel Park have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Laurel Park
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Laurel Park<6>
    • Mars Hill [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Mars Hill
      • Mars Hill [Madison County] lies 16 miles [25.7 km]<5> to the north of Asheville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 1,881 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Mars Hill have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Mars Hill
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Mars Hill<6>
    • Montreat [Buncombe County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Montreat
      • Montreat [Buncombe County] lies 14 miles [22.5 km]<5> to the east of Asheville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 939 people
      • Note: The GPS coordinates that we are using for Montreat have been provided by the GNIS.<7> The coordinates still need to be verified.
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Montreat
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Montreat<6>
    • Marshall [Madison County]
      • Jump to our Gazetteer entry for Marshall
      • Marshall [Madison County] lies 15 miles [24.1 km]<5> to the northwest of Asheville
      • Population from the 2020 Census: 916 people
      • Jump to Google Maps centered on Marshall
      • Jump to TripAdvisor's Tourism page for Marshall<6>

To Help With Your Genealogy Research ...

We have a couple of sections for those tracing their genealogy.

We created a list of cemeteries that are in the area around Asheville. Our list includes the location of those cemeteries and we provide an overhead view. See our Cemetery List for Asheville.

Using the information from an 1895 Atlas, we've created a list of communities that were in the area of Asheville. Our list includes information such as whether the 1895 community had a post office or railroad service. See our List of 1890's Communities around Asheville.

We also have a detailed list of newspapers that have been published in the area around Asheville. Our list includes 84 papers. See our Newspapers Page for Asheville.

TripAdvisor Tourism Pages for Asheville ...

Looking for more information about Asheville? A wonderful source is the TripAdvisor website. We always start with the TripAdvisor Tourism page, where you can read an overview with links that will help you find lodging, restaurants and attractions.

In addition to the Tourism page for Asheville, there are neighboring communities that also have Tourism pages. More information about those communities can be found on our TripAdvisor Page for Asheville.

Other Roadside Stops ...

Find a Community located in North Carolina

About Buncombe County

About North Carolina

Off-the-Road Links ...

The official website for Asheville: www.ci.asheville.nc.us/

The official website for Buncombe County: www.buncombecounty.org/

The official website for State of North Carolina: https://www.nc.gov/

Footnotes ...

<1>If you're interested in how the shape of North Carolina's counties, including Buncombe, have changed over time, we recommend the Atlas of Historical County Boundaries.
<2>Population counts have been provided by the U.S. Census Bureau. For more detail, please visit our Census Page for Asheville.
<3>The elevation is an estimate for the area around Asheville - it will be higher in some places and lower in others.
<4>ZIP Codes have been created by the United States Postal Service (USPS) as a way of grouping addresses to make delivery more efficient. The boundaries of the ZIP Code can be changed, re-assigned, eliminated or overlapped with other ZIP Codes. So keep in mind that any given ZIP Code is only 'loosely' associated with a city (such as Asheville). When looking for a ZIP Code, whether Asheville or elsewhere, it's always best to check the website of the United States Postal Service (USPS).
<5>Our distances are not driving distances, but are calculated as a 'straight-line' distance. A straight line distance ignores things like rivers, canyons, lakes, et cetera - it's truly a line drawn from Point A (ie- Asheville) to Point B.If you need the driving distance, we recommend that you use one of the Mapping Services listed on our Map Page for Asheville. Since we usually use Google Maps for our own planning, we've provided the following link for your convenience: Google Map and Driving Directions starting from AshevilleOur distance measurements begin at a specific point in Asheville. The point we use is located at these GPS coordinates - Latitude: 35.5955, Longitude: -82.5519    
<6>While we're fans and frequent users of TripAdvisor, you should know that we're also members of the TripAdvisor affiliate program.
<7>The location has been supplied by the Geographic Names Information System - which is maintained by the U.S. Geological Survey (USGS). While these values should be definitive, we have found that accuracy can vary and you should double-check the location if accuracy is required.






















 

 

 

 

 


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