Hot Springs, North Carolina

The Appalachian Trail passes through Hot Springs. Photo by Mike Thornhill.

Hot Springs is a haven for those seeking a relaxing and healthful mountain retreat. Outdoor recreation abounds. Hikers can explore some of the scenic stretches of the 2,100-mile Appalachian Trail, which runs down main street before crossing the French Broad River and climbing back onto the ridgetops.

Rafters can shoot the rapids on the French Broad River. Mountain bikers can wind along wooded paths to open meadows with commanding views of the surrounding peaks. Those seeking time for relaxation can simply savor the area’s breathtaking scenery while soaking in hot mineral baths in secluded outdoor tubs at the Hot Springs Spa.

Hot Springs is a town located in Madison County, North Carolina. As of the 2010 census for the zipcode (28743), the town had a total population of 2,305.

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Hot Springs is located at 35°53’44” North, 82°49’52” West (35.895577, -82.831023).
According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 9.0 km2 (3.5 mi2). 8.2 km2 (3.2 mi2) of it is land and 0.8 km2 (0.3 mi2) of it is water. The total area is 8.96% water.


As of the census2 of 2000, there are 645 people, 293 households, and 176 families residing in the town. The population density is 79.1/km2 (205.1/mi2). There are 368 housing units at an average density of 45.1/km2 (117.0/mi2). The racial makeup of the town is 98.45% White, 0.47% African American, 0.47% Native American, 0.47% Asian, 0.00% Pacific Islander, 0.00% from other races, and 0.16% from two or more races. 0.31% of the population are Hispanic or Latino of any race.

There are 293 households out of which 28.0% have children under the age of 18 living with them, 43.7% are married couples living together, 12.6% have a female householder with no husband present, and 39.9% are non-families. 37.5% of all households are made up of individuals and 17.1% have someone living alone who is 65 years of age or older. The average household size is 2.13 and the average family size is 2.77.

In the town the population is spread out with 21.4% under the age of 18, 8.5% from 18 to 24, 25.6% from 25 to 44, 26.5% from 45 to 64, and 18.0% who are 65 years of age or older. The median age is 42 years. For every 100 females there are 93.7 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there are 89.9 males.

The median income for a household in the town is $20,714, and the median income for a family is $30,882. Males have a median income of $30,714 versus $20,781 for females. The per capita income for the town is $12,497. 24.4% of the population and 16.1% of families are below the poverty line. Out of the total population, 25.8% of those under the age of 18 and 29.7% of those 65 and older are living below the poverty line.

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