Mars Hill, North Carolina

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Mars Hill is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 1,764 at the 2000 census. It is the home of Mars Hill College, which is named after the town. The town is located approximately one mile west of Interstate 26, and 15 miles (24 km) due north of Asheville, western North Carolina's largest city. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.



Mars Hill is located at 35°49′43″N 82°32′52″W / 35.82861°N 82.54778°W / 35.82861; -82.54778 (35.828496, -82.547843)[3].

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9 square miles (5.0 km²), all of it land. The town has an elevation of 2,330 feet (710 m), so the climate of the area is considerably cooler than might be expected of a town in a southern state.

Higher education

Mars Hill College, a private, coed, liberal-arts college, is located in Mars Hill. Founded in 1856, it is the oldest college or university in western North Carolina. The college is affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention. Due to the presence of the college, residents of the town of Mars Hill enjoy a much greater variety of cultural, intellectual, and entertainment offerings than would usually be found in a town of its size. The college's enrollment typically runs from 1300 to 1600 students; they are not included in the census calculations of the town's population.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 1,764 people, 541 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density was 911.7 people per square mile (352.9/km²). There were 586 housing units at an average density of 302.9/sq mi (117.2/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 91.21% White, 5.95% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.85% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.36% of the population.

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