Ashe County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Ashe County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2000, 24,384 people lived there. Its county seat is Jefferson.

Ashe County
Ashe County Courthouse in Jefferson
Ashe County Courthouse in Jefferson
Map of North Carolina highlighting Ashe County
Location within the U.S. state of North Carolina
Map of the United States highlighting North Carolina
North Carolina's location within the U.S.
Coordinates: 36°26′N 81°30′W / 36.43°N 81.5°W / 36.43; -81.5
Country United States
State North Carolina
Named forSamuel Ashe
Largest townJefferson
 • Total429 sq mi (1,110 km2)
 • Land426 sq mi (1,100 km2)
 • Water3.1 sq mi (8 km2)  0.7%%
 • Total27,281
 • Density64/sq mi (25/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional district5th


Native Americans used to live in Ashe County. Pieces of broken pottery, arrowheads, and other Native American things have been found in the county.

In 1849, the southwestern part of Ashe County was combined with parts of Caldwell County, Wilkes County, and Yancey County to make Watauga County. In 1859, the eastern part of Ashe County became Alleghany County.

Cities and townsEdit

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