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Mars Hill

Mars Hill is a town in Madison County, North Carolina, United States. The mayor of Mars Hill is John L. Chandler. The manager is Darhyl Boone. The population was 1,869 at the 2010 U.S. Census. It is the home of Mars Hill University, the name of which was inspired by Acts 17:22. The town is located approximately one mile west of Interstate 26, and 15mi due north of Asheville, western North Carolina's largest city. It is part of the Asheville Metropolitan Statistical Area.HistoryThe California Creek Missionary Baptist Church, Mars Hill College Historic District, Mars Hill High School, and Thomas J. Murray House are listed on the National Register of Historic Places.GeographyMars Hill is located at .According to the United States Census Bureau, the town has a total area of 1.9sqmi, all of it land. The town has an elevation of 2330ft, so the climate of the area is considerably cooler than might be expected of a town in a southern state.Higher educationMars Hill University, a private, coed, liberal-arts college, is located in Mars Hill. Founded in 1856, it is the oldest college or university in western North Carolina. The university is affiliated with the North Carolina Baptist Convention. Due to the presence of the university, residents of the town of Mars Hill enjoy a much greater variety of cultural, intellectual, and entertainment offerings than would usually be found in a town of its size. The university's enrollment typically runs from 1300 to 1600 students; they are not included in the census calculations of the town's population.
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