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Madison County, North Carolina is located approximately 15 miles northwest of Asheville, North Carolina along the I-26 corridor. 

With a rich history in culture, arts, crafts, and music Madison County provides a thriving and unbeatable quality of life. With three distinct towns, Marshall being the county seat, we can offer a strong diversity in cultural options and a vast amount of recreational opportunities to suit your every demand.

Madison County is where community and life intersect and interact. We understand the value in people, because it’s the people that make the place.  Here we value the creativity, community, the worth of individuals, and responsibility.

With three unique towns and a short commute to downtown Asheville, Madison County can offer a rural pace of life, with the urban comforts.

Madison County Facts and Geography

  • Founded in 1851
  • Named after President James Madison County
  • County Seat: Marshall
  • Madison County is located 35.8582N and 82.716W
  • County size:  449.57 square miles
  • Population Density:  46 persons per square mile
  • 17% of the county is national forest


Cost of Living

Madison County’s is located in the Asheville NC Metro,  cost of living is around 98 which are under the national average.

Metro Area

Cities Included in Index

(Nat'l Average = 100)

Asheville NC Metro

Asheville NC


Atlanta-Sandy Springs-Roswell GA Metro

Atlanta GA, Marietta GA


New York-Jersey City-White Plains NY-NJ Metro Div.

Bergen-Passaic NJ, Middlesex-Monmouth NJ, New York (Brooklyn) NY, New York (Manhattan) NY


Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA-MD-WV Metro Div.

Washington-Arlington-Alexandria DC-VA


San Francisco-Redwood City-South San Francisco CA Metro Div.

San Francisco CA


Phoenix-Mesa-Scottsdale AZ Metro

Phoenix AZ


Chicago-Naperville-Arlington Heights IL Metro Div.

Chicago IL, Joliet-Will County IL


*Source: C2ER Cost of Living Index, 2015 Annual Average

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