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Buncombe County, North Carolina

county in North Carolina, United States

Buncombe County is a county in the U.S. state of North Carolina. In 2006, 222,174 people lived there.[1] Its county seat is Asheville.

Buncombe County
Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville
Buncombe County Courthouse in Asheville
Map of North Carolina highlighting Buncombe 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: 35°37′N 82°32′W / 35.61°N 82.53°W / 35.61; -82.53
Country United States
State North Carolina
Founded1791
Named forEdward Buncombe
SeatAsheville
Largest cityAsheville
Area
 • Total660 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Land657 sq mi (1,700 km2)
 • Water3.5 sq mi (9 km2)  0.5%%
Population
 (2010)
 • Total238,318
 • Density363/sq mi (140/km2)
Time zoneUTC−5 (Eastern)
 • Summer (DST)UTC−4 (EDT)
Congressional districts10th, 11th
Websitewww.buncombecounty.org

HistoryEdit

The county was made in 1791 from parts of Burke County and Rutherford County.

In 1808 the western part of Buncombe County was made into Haywood County. In 1833 parts of Burke County and Buncombe County were combined to make Yancey County, and in 1838 the southern part of Buncombe County was made into Henderson County. In 1851 parts of Buncombe County and Yancey County were combined to make Madison County. And, in 1925 a small part of McDowell County was made into a part of Buncombe County.

Law and governmentEdit

Buncombe County is part of the local Land-of-Sky Regional Council of governments.

Big roadsEdit

Connected countiesEdit

Cities and townsEdit

These cities and towns are in Buncombe County:

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