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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
Incorporated 1996
Named for Rock formation
 • Total 8.23 sq mi (21.31 km2)
 • Land 8.10 sq mi (20.98 km2)
 • Water 0.13 sq mi (0.33 km2)
2,205 ft (672 m)
 • Total 3,114
 • Estimate 
 • Density 417.60/sq mi (161.24/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 985174

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%
2019 (est.) 3,383 8.6%
U.S. Decennial Census

2020 census

Flat Rock racial composition
Race Number Percentage
White (non-Hispanic) 3,259 93.49%
Black or African American (non-Hispanic) 23 0.66%
Native American 8 0.23%
Asian 16 0.46%
Pacific Islander 4 0.11%
Other/Mixed 80 2.29%
Hispanic or Latino 96 2.75%

As of the 2020 United States census, there were 3,486 people, 1,590 households, and 1,071 families residing in the village.

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.

Notable people

  • Mitchell Campbell King (1815–1901), 19th-century planter and physician.
  • Christopher Memminger, the first Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederacy, had his summer home here, which he called "Rock Hill," later called "Connemara". He is interred in Flat Rock.
  • Carl Sandburg lived in the village from 1945 until his death in 1967. His home, once owned by Memminger, is part of the Carl Sandburg Home National Historic Site and a major tourist attraction in the village.
  • Buffalo Bob Smith (1917–1998), TV host of long-running children's program "Howdy Doody," retired to the Kenmure section of Flat Rock, yet sometimes used a Hendersonville address.
  • George A. Trenholm, a summer resident, was the second Secretary of the Treasury for the Confederacy, from July 18, 1864 to April 27, 1865.
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