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Stop in at the Rural Life Museum on the Mars Hill University campus or take in a play at the Southern Appalachian Repertory Theatre. Mars Hill Universityremains true to its tradition of service, learning and leadership. The history of Madison County can be explored at the Rural Life Museum on the campus of Mars Hill University. For information about current exhibits, contact the University at www.mhu.edu 

Mars Hill University

Mars Hill University is remaining true to its tradition of service, learning and leadership which have been hallmarks of the Mars Hill experience since 1856. Mars Hill enrolls 1300 students in its day and evening classes and offers 31 majors through its three schools which has been a hallmark of the Mars Hill experience since 1856.


Mars Hill Geography
Mars Hill is located at 35°49'43" North, 82°32'52" West (35.828496, -82.547843)1. According to the United States Census Bureau, Mars Hill has a total area of 5.0 km² (1.9 mi²). 5.0 km² (1.9 mi²) of it is land and none of the area is covered with water.

Mars Hill Demographics
As of the census2 of 2000, there are 1,764 people, 541 households, and 312 families residing in the town. The population density is 352.9/km² (911.7/mi²). There are 586 housing units at an average density of 117.2/km² (302.9/mi²).

Mars Hill University is located in one of the most beautiful and healthful regions of the Eastern United States, the mountains of Western North Carolina. The town, which derives its name from the University, has a population of about 2,200. It is 18 miles north of Asheville via highway 19-23 (future I-26). Asheville is the largest city in the western third of the state with a population of approximately 65,000. Asheville has the sophisticated attractions of a major metropolis and is known for its quality arts, crafts, and music offerings. Its annual Bele Chere festival each summer draws about 300,000 people. The campus is also 10 miles east of Marshall, the county seat of Madison County.

From the 194-acre campus, which sits at an elevation of 2,330 feet, an inspiring panorama of lofty peaks may be viewed, including the Craggies, Clingman's Peak, and Mount Pisgah. Such scenic attractions as Mount Mitchell, Great Smoky Mountains National Park, Craggy Gardens, Linville Falls and Cavern, Biltmore House and Gardens, Big Bald Mountain, and the Blue Ridge Parkway are within easy driving distance.

Mars Hill is well suited as a residence University. Located in a small town surrounded by mountains, rivers, woods, and all the outdoor activities they offer, the University's environment offers ample opportunity for study and reflection. However, its proximity to Asheville (about 20 minutes by car) allows access to city amenities like shopping, restaurants, entertainment, transportation, healthcare, and other facilities.

The racial makeup of Mars Hill town is 91.21% White, 5.95% African American, 0.28% Native American, 0.85% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.85% from other races, and 0.85% from two or more races. 1.36% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 541 households out of which 20.5% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 45.1% are married couples living together, 11.1% have a female householder with no husband present, and 42.3% are non-families. 33.1% of all households are made up of individuals and 17.4% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.10 and the average family size is 2.68. In the town the population is spread out with 11.7% under the age of 18, 43.1% from 18 to 24, 16.2% from 25 to 44, 15.7% from 45 to 64, and 13.3% who are 65 years of age or older.

The median age is 23 years. For every 100 females there are 89.1 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 86.7 males. The median income for a household in the town is $32,917, and the median income for a family is $45,000. Males have a median income of $29,615 versus $23,625 for females. The per capita income for the town is $13,366. 16.9% of the population and 11.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 21.1% of those under the age of 18 and 14.9% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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