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Flat Rock, North Carolina
Location of Flat Rock, North Carolina
Location of Flat Rock, North Carolina
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Henderson
 • Total 7.9 sq mi (20.6 km2)
 • Land 7.8 sq mi (20.3 km2)
 • Water 0.1 sq mi (0.3 km2)
2,205 ft (672 m)
 • Total 3,114
 • Density 327.1/sq mi (126.3/km2)
Time zone UTC-5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC-4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-23600
GNIS feature ID 0985174

Flat Rock is a village in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 3,114 at the 2010 census. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.


A post office called Flat Rock has been in operation since 1829. The village was named for granite rock formations which dotted the landscape.

A number of buildings in the village are included in the Flat Rock Historic District listed on the National Register of Historic Places. Also on the Register are Brookland and Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site.


Flat Rock is located at 35°16′0″N 82°27′12″W / 35.26667°N 82.45333°W / 35.26667; -82.45333 (35.266605, -82.453425).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the village has a total area of 7.9 square miles (20 km2), of which, 7.8 square miles (20 km2) of it is land and 0.1 square miles (0.26 km2) of it (1.26%) is water.

The elevation of Flat Rock is 2,205 feet (672 m).


Historical population
Census Pop.
1960 1,808
1970 1,688 −6.6%
1980 1,922 13.9%
1990 1,812 −5.7%
2000 2,565 41.6%
2010 3,114 21.4%
Est. 2015 3,313 6.4%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 2,565 people, 1,169 households, and 937 families residing in the village. The population density was 327.1 people per square mile (126.3/km²). There were 1,459 housing units at an average density of 186.0 per square mile (71.9/km²). The racial makeup of the village was 98.83% White, 0.47% African American, 0.04% Native American, 0.12% Asian, 0.04% from other races, and 0.51% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.17% of the population.

There were 1,169 households out of which 15.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 76.5% were married couples living together, 1.8% had a female householder with no husband present, and 19.8% were non-families. 18.0% of all households were made up of individuals and 10.9% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.19 and the average family size was 2.46.

In the village, the population was spread out with 13.6% under the age of 18, 2.3% from 18 to 24, 13.4% from 25 to 44, 34.9% from 45 to 64, and 35.8% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 58 years. For every 100 females there were 99.3 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 95.0 males.

The median income for a household in the village was $67,813, and the median income for a family was $81,811. Males had a median income of $55,263 versus $34,375 for females. The per capita income for the village was $42,222. About 0.3% of families and 1.5% of the population were below the poverty line, including none of those under age 18 and 2.5% of those age 65 or over.

Arts and culture

Flat Rock is home to the Flat Rock Playhouse, the State Theatre of North Carolina. The Associate Reformed Presbyterian Church retreat Bonclarken is located in Flat Rock. It also is home to the main campus of the Blue Ridge Community College.

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