Montreat, North Carolina

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Montreat is a town in Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 696 in 2008. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area. The town is best known for Montreat Conference Center, Montreat College, and for being the home of evangelist Billy Graham and his late wife Ruth Bell Graham.



Montreat is located at 35°38′44″N 82°18′2″W / 35.64556°N 82.30056°W / 35.64556; -82.30056 (35.645590, -82.300434).[3]

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 2.8 square miles (7.2 km²), all of it land.


As of the census[1] of 2000, there were 630 people, 185 households, and 98 families residing in the town. The population density was 227.3 people per square mile (87.8/km²). There were 572 housing units at an average density of 206.3/sq mi (79.7/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 95.40% White, 0.95% African American, 0.63% Native American, 0.63% Asian, 0.79% from other races, and 1.59% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.43% of the population.

There were 185 households out of which 11.4% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 48.1% were married couples living together, 2.2% had a female householder with no husband present, and 47.0% were non-families. 37.3% of all households were made up of individuals and 20.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.16 and the average family size was 2.63.

In the town the population was spread out with 9.4% under the age of 18, 45.7% from 18 to 24, 10.3% from 25 to 44, 11.6% from 45 to 64, and 23.0% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 23 years. For every 100 females there were 102.6 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 101.8 males.

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