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Buncombe County, NC Visitor Center 2013
David Gantt, a local attorney is serving his fifth term on the Commission, his second as Chairman. He is dedicated to finding new jobs for Buncombe County, providing full funding for education, and advocating for the working people and environment of our community.
David Gantt, Chairman
82 Church Street
Asheville, NC 28801
Phone: (828) 252-2852
Holly Jones was elected to the Buncombe County Board of Commissioners in 2008. She served on Asheville City Council from 2001-2008. She currently serves on the Transportation Advisory Committee, Community Energy Advisory Committee and Land of Sky Council. Commissioner Jones works as a regional director for the YWCA.
Holly Jones - District 1
Phone: (828) 250-4004
Brownie is a partner at FLS Energy, a locally owned solar energy development company and former two term member of Asheville City Council.
Brownie Newman - District 1
Phone: (828) 250-4011
Mike Fryar has been a resident of Buncombe County for 50 years. He attended A.C. Reynolds High School and served in the U.S. Navy. A self-made man and small business owner for 32 years, Mike started his career sweeping floors for the legendary Banjo Matthews — working his way up the ladder and eventually starting his own engine business, Fryar Performance, in 1980.
Mike Fryar - District 2
Phone: (828) 250-4007
Ellen is a mother, grandmother, and small business owner who came to western North Carolina in 1996. She is serving her first term as County Commissioner. Ellen has managed a small business all of her working life. After family and community, Ellen's passion is animals. She opened "Bed and Biscuit" in 2001, offering a wide range of services for animals - from pampered show dogs to abused animals undergoing rehabilitation, to hunting dogs, to service dogs, and to everyone's best friend. Ellen says she has found if in life you are fair, honest, and positive in your approach, the results will be rewarding.
Ellen Frost - District 2
Phone: (828) 250-4005
A 32 year resident of Buncombe County, Joe is a member of Maple Ridge Baptist Church in Candler and is Vice President with Berkshire Hathaway (Clayton Homes) company.
Joe Belcher - District 3
Phone: (828) 250-4008
With family going back seven generations in Western North Carolina, David King's roots are deep in our community. David was born in Asheville and retired after 20 years in manufacturing. David now works as a well-respected farrier in Western North Carolina.
David King - District 3
Phone: (828) 250-4010
According to the U.S. Census Bureau, the county has a total area of 660 square miles, of which 656 square miles is land and 4 square miles is water.
The French Broad River enters the county at its border with Henderson County to the south and flows north into Madison County. The source of the Swannanoa River, which joins the French Broad River in Asheville, is in northeast Buncombe County at Mount Mitchell. A milestone was achieved in 2003 when Interstate 26 was extended from Mars Hill (north of Asheville) to Johnson City, Tennessee completing a 20-year half-billion dollar construction project through the Blue Ridge Mountains.
The county is divided into twenty-one cities, townships & communities which include:
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As of the census of 2010, there were 238,318 people, 96,465 households residing in the county out of which 6.1% had children under the age of 5, 20.8% had children under the age of 18 and 15.9% were over the age of 65. The average persons per household was 2.47. The population density was 361 per square mile. There were 110,587 housing units at an average density of 168 per square mile.
The racial makeup of the county was:
The median income for a household in the county was $40,979. The per capita income for the county was $26,209. 16.2% of the population were below the poverty line.