Fletcher is a town in Henderson County, North Carolina, United States. The population was 7,187 at the 2010 census. Fletcher is home to Asheville Regional Airport, which serves Western North Carolina. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.
The city of Fletcher was incorporated in 1989. The first elected mayor of Fletcher was Robert (Bob) G. Parrish, Sr. (D), who died in his third term in office, July, 2000. Due to its low tax base and family friendly environment, Fletcher is also a magnet for industry that chose the area for its beauty and wealth of educated workers. The current mayor of Fletcher, NC is William (Bill) B. Moore. The town’s motto is “Pride in our past, and faith in our future”.
As of the census of 2000, there were 4,185 people, 1,744 households, and 1,248 families residing in the town. The population density was 791.1 people per square mile (305.5/km²). There were 1,816 housing units at an average density of 343.3 per square mile (132.5/km²). The racial makeup of the town was 93.60% White, 3.30% African American, 0.12% Native American, 1.27% Asian, 0.50% from other races, and 1.22% from two or more races. Hispanic or Latino of any race were 1.55% of the population.
There were 1,744 households out of which 33.7% had children under the age of 18 living with them, 61.3% were married couples living together, 7.5% had a female householder with no husband present, and 28.4% were non-families. 23.8% of all households were made up of individuals and 7.7% had someone living alone who was 65 years of age or older. The average household size was 2.40 and the average family size was 2.85.
In the town the population was spread out with 23.8% under the age of 18, 5.6% from 18 to 24, 35.8% from 25 to 44, 24.6% from 45 to 64, and 10.1% who were 65 years of age or older. The median age was 36 years. For every 100 females there were 97.2 males. For every 100 females age 18 and over, there were 94.1 males.
The median income for a household in the town was $45,426, and the median income for a family was $51,688. Males had a median income of $35,976 versus $26,176 for females. The per capita income for the town was $20,607. About 4.6% of families and 7.4% of the population were below the poverty line, including 9.5% of those under age 18 and 10.7% of those age 65 or over.