Black Mountain is a town located in Buncombe County, North Carolina. As of the 2000 census, the town had a total population of 7,511. The town is named for the Black Mountain range of the Blue Ridge range in the Southern Appalachians.
In 1965, basketball player Brad Daugherty was born in Black Mountain.
Black Mountain is located at 35°37'9" North, 82°19'32" West (35.619208, -82.325434)GR1.
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 16.7 km˛ (6.5 mi˛). 16.7 km˛ (6.4 mi˛) of it is land and 0.1 km˛ (0.04 mi˛) of it is water. The total area is 0.31% water.
As of the census of 2000, there were 7,511 people, 3,340 households, and 2,027 families residing in the town. The population density was 450.3/km˛ (1,165.7/mi˛). There were 3,703 housing units at an average density of 222.0/km˛ (574.7/mi˛). The racial makeup of the town was 90.84% White, 6.27% African American, 0.31% Native American, 0.87% Asian, 0.04% Pacific Islander, 0.45% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. 0.81% of the population were Hispanic or Latino of any race.
There were 3,340 households out of which 22.6% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 47.2% were married couples living together, 10.3% had a female householder with no husband present, and 39.3% were non-families. 34.7% of all households were made up of individuals and 16.3% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.15 and the average family size was 2.75.
In the town the population was spread out with 19.1% under the age of 18, 7.1% from 18 to 24, 25.7% from 25 to 44, 26.1% from 45 to 64, and 22.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 44 years. For every 100 females there were 83.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 78.3 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $35,541, and the median income for a family was $43,373. Males had a median income of $28,604 versus $22,476 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,509. 10.1% of the population and 7.6% of families were below the poverty line. 14.2% of those under the age of 18 and 7.6% of those 65 and older were living below the poverty line.