B+
Overall Niche Grade
How are grades calculated?
  1. Public Schools
    B-
  2. Crime & Safety
    B
  3. Housing
    B-
  4. Nightlife
    A
  5. Good for Families
    B
  6. Diversity
    B
  7. Jobs
    B-
  8. Weather
    B
  9. Cost of Living
    B+
  10. Health & Fitness
    C+
  11. Outdoor Activities
    B+
  12. Commute
    B+

Real Estate

Median Home Value
$187,000
National
$178,600
Median Rent
$614
National
$928
Area Feel
Suburban
Rent vs. Own
  • Rent
    41%
  • Own
    59%

Mars Hill Rankings

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Crime & Safety

Crime & Safety
B
Based on violent and property crime rates.
Violent Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Assault
    87
    273
  • Murder
    0
    6
  • Rape
    0
    41
  • Robbery
    43
    133
Property Crimes
  • Calculated annually per 100,000 residents
National
  • Burglary
    348
    525
  • Theft
    1,043
    2,081
  • Motor Vehicle Theft
    87
    263

Residents

Diversity
B
Based on ethnic and economic diversity.
Median Household Income
$44,861
National
$53,889
Children
13%
Education Levels
National
  • Master's degree or higher
    16%
    11%
  • Bachelor's degree
    23%
    19%
  • Some college or associate's degree
    30%
    29%
  • High school diploma or equivalent
    24%
    28%
  • Less than high school diploma
    7%
    13%
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Mars Hill Reviews

3 reviews
Very small town which seems to house many underprivileged individuals or retirees who have settled in to a town near Asheville and hope to soak in the views. It is very good commute to Asheville which houses many amenities tourists are looking for. Much more needed within the community to make it more livable long term.
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I just applied to Mars Hill University and we spent the weekend exploring the city and the university. I don't think I have been anywhere more beautiful than the area of Mars Hill, NC. Amazingly wonderful. The mountains, the hills, the fresh air, the architecture, and the citizens of the town. Very welcoming. I will love living and attending college here !
Not a lot to do or see other than great hiking. A few local restaurants but they have weird hours.