Woodfin, North Carolina

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Woodfin is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,464 in 2008. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The Town of Woodfin is named in honor of Nicholas Washington Woodfin, a renowned lawyer and statesman of early North Carolina, under whom North Carolina Governor Vance clerked as an attorney. Woodfin, North Carolina is the only municipality bearing the name Woodfin in the United States. The town was incorporated in 1971, although the community itself dates back to at least the mid-19th century.

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History

The town's history is closely tied to manufacturing. Much of the remaining early housing stock is characteristic of early 20th century mill villages. Many neighborhoods within the community bear names tied to the industry, such as "Martel Village" and "Company Bottom." The decline of American industry in the 1970s and 80s brought a decline to the economy of Woodfin as well. The loss of many manufacturing jobs led to a decline in population and property values. Starting in the 1990s however, the town has experienced an influx of new residential growth, due primarily to the detestable practice of forced annexation. Woodfin's economy today is a mix of large and small scale manufacturing, combined with a variety of residential and commercial districts.

Government

The town is governed by a seven member board consisting of a Mayor and six Aldermen. The Aldermen serve four year terms with staggered elections of three every two years. The board meets once a month at 6:30 PM on the third Tuesday of the every month, held at the Woodfin Town Hall.[3]

Public services and utilities

Sewer services are provided by the Metropolitan Sewerage District of Buncombe County.

Water services are provided by one of three water systems that serve various parts of Woodfin: Woodfin Water District, Asheville Water Authority, and Weaverville Water Department.

Town services include police, sanitation, street maintenance and construction, planning and zoning, animal control, street lighting, parks and recreation, and administration. Fire Services are provided by one of three Fire Service Districts.

Geography

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 3.6 square miles (9.4 km²), of which, 3.5 square miles (9.0 km²) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.4 km²) of it (3.86%) is water.

Demographics

As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 3,162 people, 1,394 households, and 769 families residing in the town. The population density was 905.2 people per square mile (349.8/km²). There were 1,521 housing units at an average density of 435.4/sq mi (168.3/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 92.66% White, 1.96% African American, 0.35% Native American, 0.41% Asian, 3.29% from other races, and 1.33% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 6.70% of the population.

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