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Rosman, North Carolina
Welcome sign in Rosman
Welcome sign in Rosman
Location of Rosman, North Carolina
Location of Rosman, North Carolina
Coordinates: 35°8′41″N 82°49′22″W / 35.14472°N 82.82278°W / 35.14472; -82.82278Coordinates: 35°8′41″N 82°49′22″W / 35.14472°N 82.82278°W / 35.14472; -82.82278
Country United States
State North Carolina
County Transylvania
Incorporated 1901
Named for Joseph Rosenthal and Morris Ormansky
 • Total 0.55 sq mi (1.41 km2)
 • Land 0.55 sq mi (1.41 km2)
 • Water 0.00 sq mi (0.00 km2)
2,205 ft (672 m)
 • Total 576
 • Estimate 
 • Density 1,126.37/sq mi (434.93/km2)
Time zone UTC−5 (Eastern (EST))
 • Summer (DST) UTC−4 (EDT)
ZIP code
Area code(s) 828
FIPS code 37-58020
GNIS feature ID 1022400

Rosman is a town in Transylvania County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 576 at the 2010 census. The northern terminus of U.S. Route 178 is less than one mile northwest of Rosman on U.S. Route 64.

The Pisgah Astronomical Research Institute is located about 6 miles north of Rosman, near Balsam Grove, North Carolina.


Known first as Jeptha, Rosman became known as Toxaway into the beginning of the 20th Century. Because this caused confusion with the nearby resort town of Lake Toxaway (10 miles to the west), in 1903 the name was changed to Eastatoe. The citizens apparently did not like the new name, so Joseph Silversteen (local industrialist) gave the town the name Rosman in 1905. The name came from two of Mr. Silversteen's business associates, Joseph Rosenthal and Morris Osmansky.


Rosman is located at 35°8′41″N 82°49′22″W / 35.14472°N 82.82278°W / 35.14472; -82.82278 (35.144755, -82.822789).

According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 0.4 square miles (1.0 km2), all of it land.

Within the town limits of Rosman and to the south of the town limits, U.S. 178 is called Pickens Highway, referring to Pickens, South Carolina.

Rosman sits on the eastern boundary of Pisgah National Forest.

The French Broad River runs through the town of Rosman. There is a U.S. Geological Survey stream gauge, station number 03439000, on the French Broad River in Rosman, whilst the climate is very wet, with a mean annual rainfall since 1936 of 79.54 inches (2,020.3 mm), one of the highest in the US east of the Cascades. The record annual rainfall of 129.60 inches (3,291.8 mm) in 1964 is the second heaviest for a calendar year within this region, only 0.54 inches (13.7 mm) behind Mount Washington’s record from 1969.


Historical population
Census Pop.
1910 145
1920 527 263.4%
1930 484 −8.2%
1940 529 9.3%
1950 535 1.1%
1960 419 −21.7%
1970 407 −2.9%
1980 512 25.8%
1990 385 −24.8%
2000 490 27.3%
2010 576 17.6%
2019 (est.) 615 6.8%
U.S. Decennial Census

As of the census of 2000, there were 490 people, 210 households, and 149 families residing in the town. The population density was 1,140.7 people per square mile (440.0/km2). There were 236 housing units at an average density of 549.4 per square mile (211.9/km2). The racial makeup of the town was 98.57% White, 0.20% Asian, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.22% of the population.

There were 210 households, out of which 33.3% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 46.2% were married couples living together, 20.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.6% were non-families. 24.8% of all households were made up of individuals, and 11.0% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.33 and the average family size was 2.77.

In the town, the population was spread out, with 26.1% under the age of 18, 7.6% from 18 to 24, 28.6% from 25 to 44, 20.8% from 45 to 64, and 16.9% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 37 years. For every 100 females, there were 89.9 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 89.5 males.

The median income for a household in the town was $20,179, and the median income for a family was $24,219. Males had a median income of $21,500 versus $21,042 for females. The per capita income for the town was $9,626. About 23.1% of families and 25.9% of the population were below the poverty line, including 25.6% of those under age 18 and 35.8% of those age 65 or over.


Rosman is home to The Wilds Christian Camp and Conference Center as well as Ridge Haven.

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